Auditory Processing Disorder- how can I help
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