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- Feb 09 2017
Are you aware of Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)?
In an Auditory Processing Disorder, even when the sounds are loud and clear enough to be heard, individuals with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) do not identify minute differences between sounds in words. They can also find it troublesome to tell where sounds are coming from, to block out competing background noises and to make sense of the order of sounds.
Signs and Symptoms
• Has trouble managing and recollecting language-related tasks but may have no difficulty explaining or recalling non-verbal environment, music, sounds etc.
• May exercise ideas and thoughts slowly and have trouble explaining them
• Mispronounces or Misspells alike-sounding words or leaves off syllables; baffles similar-sounding words (salary/ celery; built/ belt; free/ three; job/ jab; batch/ bash)
• May be confused by symbolic language (similes, metaphor) or misinterpret jokes ad puns; interprets words too precisely
• Is often distracted by background sounds /noises
• Show preferably than explain
• Amplify with more complete senses (use signals, visual cues, manipulatives and handouts)
• Space or reduce directions, give signals such as “ready?”
• Rephrase or help translate confusing written and/or oral directions
• Teach word roots, symbolic vocabulary, antonyms/ synonyms
• Change tone and pitch of voice, revise pace, stress key words
• Ask fixed questions as you teach to find out if they do understand
• Allow them five-six seconds to respond (“think time”)
• Have the student repeatedly verbalize ideas, rules, vocabulary words, etc.
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