Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)

Definition

Also known as Slow Working Memory or Central Auditory Processing Disorder, this is a condition that adversely affects how sound that travels unimpeded through the ear is processed or interpreted by the brain. Individuals with APD do not recognize subtle differences between sounds in words, even when the sounds are loud and clear enough to be heard. They can also find it difficult to tell where sounds are coming from, to make sense of the order of sounds, or to block out competing background noises.

Student Profile

Struggles with directions. She will often forget announcements, oral directions, and struggles to recall regular procedures. When a teacher explains an activity, she appears to understand, but when she starts her work, she often does it incorrectly. When a teacher asks her a question, she either stares blankly or immediately replies, "I don't know." However, during active group work, she clearing understands the material. Socially, she struggles with sarcasm and fast-paced dialogue, so she often sticks to herself. Teachers have assumed she has Inattentive type ADHD because she stares into space often. In her previous school, she received very low participation grades in all classes because she didn't answer questions or join discussions. Her work is usually completed well, but it may take her many hours to complete every night.

How Purnell can help

Your daughter will benefit from our teaching style; our classes deliver information in a number of ways. We list an agenda on the board for every class, in addition to an agenda on Haiku. Teachers explain directions and make them available on Haiku for later. Teachers understand that your daughter needs extra time to process before answering, so they are careful to wait until she is ready to answer before moving on. We will also accommodate her assignments by modifying them to a manageable load while still adhering to necessary content.

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