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.