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How Can I tell if my child has Auditory Processing Disorder?

Are there signs you can look out for at home, that could indicate your child has auditory processing disorder (APD)?

To find out, LearnFast asked Devon Barnes, speech pathologist and APD specialist, and we recorded her answers on video.

Key points from the interview included:

  • Does your child often misunderstand what you say?
  • Do they have difficulty following an instruction to do a sequence of things
  • Rule out a hearing problem by having their hearing checked
  • Your child may not be disobedient or oppositional, they just may not be able to process everything you say to them
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Auditory Processing Disorder - what brains do with what ears hear.

How is it possible that your child can hear quite well but they don’t understand what they hear? They could have auditory processing disorder (APD).

To get some understanding of this complex issue, LearnFast asked Devon Barnes, speech pathologist and APD specialist to explain in a video interview.

Key points from the interview included:

  • “Processing” the meaning of sounds is different to “hearing"
  • Hearing happens in our ears
  • Processing occurs in our brain
  • Auditory processing disorder can look like attention deficit
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How the Fast ForWord Programs Help with Auditory Processing Disorder

Fast ForWord programs are proven to develop auditory processing skills. LearnFast recorded a video interview with Devon Barnes, speech pathologist and Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) specialist and asked her explain.

Key points from the interview included:

  • Fast ForWord trains multiple aspects of auditory processing including:
    • Auditory discrimination
    • Auditory memory
    • Following instructions
    • Receptive language
  • Neuroimaging shows physical brain changes after Fast ForWord
  • Tests confirm improvements in auditory processing
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Eight Tips to Help Your Auditory Processing Disorder Child at Home

How can you make life easier for your child with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) . In this video interview Devon Barnes, speech pathologist and APD specialist gives eight practical tips for parents.

Some of the tips from the interview are:

  1. Reduce your child’s frustration by being understanding and compassionate about their difficulty.
  2. Make sure you have your child’s full attention before you speak to them.
  3. Have your child face you when you speak to them.
  4. Keep instructions short
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How Can Teachers Detect Auditory Processing Disorder in the Classroom?

What are some of the signs teachers can recognise that may suggest that a student has auditory processing disorder?

LearnFast asked Devon Barnes, speech pathologist and Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) specialist to answer this question, and recorded her answers in a video interview.

Key points from the interview include advice that teachers should look out for students who:

  • Have delays in responding to questions
  • Often misunderstand what the teacher or other students say
  • Are behind others in reading and spelling
  • Have difficulty understanding jokes or sarcasm
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How Can I Help Students with Auditory Processing Disorder at School?

One of your students has an auditory processing disorder. You know this because they have had a diagnosis by an audiologist or speech pathologist. Or perhaps you suspect that a student has this disorder because you observed their symptoms in the classroom.

Is there anything you can do to help them?  We asked Devon Barnes, speech pathologist and auditory processing disorder (APD) specialist for her advice.

Key points from the interview included

  • Seat the student closer to you
  • Try to make the classroom quieter
    • Put rubber tips on the legs of chairs
    • Use cork or cloth boards to absorb noise
    • Carpet is great if you can get it into the classroom
  • Check often that they understood what you have said
  • Use multi-sensory instruction whenever possible 
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Cam’s journey - A 9 year study of the benefits of Fast ForWord. Part 1, 2 & 3

Cameron didn’t like school - sound familiar?

How can you change that – especially if there is an underlying blocker to learning ?

This blog includes Part 1, 2 and 3 of Cameron’s journey from age 10 being diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) and how he has used Fast ForWord to help himself overcome the challenges of this disability, graduate from high school and start his TAFE studies.

Also included is his television interview from the Channel 7 Sunrise Program.

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Background noise and students with Auditory Processing Disorder

Many people find it hard to hear what someone else is saying when there is a lot of background noise. But if you have Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), background noise can be even more of a problem.

LearnFast asked Devon Barnes, speech pathologist and Auditory Processing Disorder specialist how explain how background noise impacts people with this difficulty.

Key points from the interview included:

  • Students with APD are disadvantaged in noisy classrooms
  • Background noise interferes with learning
  • Reducing noise in classrooms will benefit all students

Watch the video interview: 

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11 behaviours that separate Auditory Processing Disorder from ADHD

Do you have a child who has trouble paying attention?  Has anyone suggested they might have Attention Deficit Disorder (commonly referred to as ADD or ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

You won’t know for sure unless your child has an assessment by a trained professional.

What you should know, however, is that ADD/ADHD is often mistaken for Auditory Processing Disorder (APD).  

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