Parents and Teachers’ page

Over the years I’ve realised that I wasn’t the only one affected by my Auditory Processing Disorder. My parents worried about how on earth I would cope with adult life.  If I hadn’t gone to Johansen IAS and MLC Scotland, I probably wouldn’t have. It’s as simple as that.

However, there are things that can make life easier for children (and adults) with Auditory Processing Disorder.

 

  • Keep things quiet while they do homework, or let them choose their own background noise. I always listen to music while I write or study. Visual distractions like TV won’t help, especially when anything is more interesting than for example, Maths.

 

  • Don’t stay up too late. Saying this makes me a hypocrite because I often stayed up far too late.  Kids with APD use a lot of mental energy to listen, so they’ll need plenty of sleep.

 

  •  Don’t leave homework until the last minute. Wish I could say that I did the same.

 

  • Don’t get angry if you ask them to do something and they take a while to reply. It doesn’t mean they aren’t listening. They might not have heard you at all, or are still mentally translating what you said. Mental translation after a day at school can take a long time. Replies are loading, please be patient.

 

  • Encourage them to tell you if they don’t hear something. Otherwise they might just pretend to hear, because they’re too embarrassed  to ask for help.  

 

  • Tell your teachers that you have Auditory Processing Disorder. Otherwise they won’t be able to help you.

 

 

I had some great teachers.  Here are some of the things they did to help me with my APD:

  • Write instructions on the board, such as the textbook, page, and exercise.
  • Write homework on the board along with deadlines. This was a lifesaver.
  • Sometimes they held up the book we were working from so I could see it.
  • Use visual aids such as powerpoint presentation.
  • Seat me near the front where I could hear them better and it was easy to ask for help.  
  • Check how I was getting on whether I asked for help or not.
  • Keep classes fairly quiet.
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