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Auditory Processing Disorder- how can I help

Resource type: Frequently Asked Questions  —  Date posted: May 4th, 2012   Number of views: 769


How can I help?

  • Since most kids with APD have difficulty hearing amid noise, it's very important to reduce the background noise at home and at school.
  • Have your child look at you when you're speaking.
  • Use simple, expressive sentences.
  • Speak at a slightly slower rate and at a mildly increased volume.
  • Ask your child to repeat the directions back to you and to keep repeating them aloud (to you or to himself or herself) until the directions are completed.
  • For directions that are to be completed at a later time, writing notes, wearing a watch, and maintaining a household routine also help. General organization and scheduling also can be beneficial.
  • Encourage pupil's to be aware of noise levels in the enviroment and move to somewhere quieter when they need to listen.
  • Provide your child with a quiet study place (not the kitchen table).
  • Maintain a peaceful, organized lifestyle.
  • Encourage good eating and sleeping habits.
  • Assign regular and realistic chores, including keeping a neat room and desk.
  • Build your child's self-esteem.
  • Altering seating plans so the child can sit in the front of the room or with his or her back to the window

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