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5 Ways Auditory Processing Disorder Can Affect Your Child’s Social Life

By The Understood Team

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Auditory processing disorder (APD) makes it harder for kids to interpret what they’re hearing. This can affect the ability to have conversations and make friends. Here are five ways APD can impact social skills, and how you can help.

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5 Ways Auditory Processing Disorder Can Affect Your Child’s Social Life

Auditory processing disorder (APD) doesn’t only aect your child’s performance at school. Its symptoms can pop up in social interactions, too. Here’s how.

1 Social Challenge
“What?” and “Huh?” are your child’s most
common responses.
The APD link: Children with APD often miss words in conversation and can’t fill in the gaps. It’s also hard for them to filter out background noise.
How you can help: Turn o the radio and TV when you’re talking with your child. Give him opportunities to practice the back-and-forth of conversation

2 Social Challenge

Your child often seems tongue-tied.
The APD link: Children with APD may have limited vocabularies and weak grammar skills. They often miss the subtler aspects of language.
How you can help: Add words to ll out your child’s sentences. If your preschooler says “Green ball,” you can say “Yes, it’s a big green ball.”
3 Social Challenge

Your child misses the point.
The APD link: Children with APD work so hard to understand a speaker’s words that they may not notice tone of voice and other social cues.
How you can help: Role-play social situations. Have your child predict what you’re about to say or do based on your facial expressions and other cues.
4 Social Challenge

Your child is very quiet at the dinner table or large family gatherings.
The APD link: Your child may not understand what others say, especially if they’re talking fast or in a noisy setting.
How you can help: Your child will do best if he can see people’s faces and isn’t near a source of distraction.
5 Social Challenge

Your child has trouble playing games, getting confused by the rules or instructions.
The APD link: Your child’s auditory weaknesses may make it hard to remember multi-step directions.
How you can help: Break down instructions into simple steps. Encourage your child to repeat them back to you or even write them down.
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The Understood team is composed of passionate writers, editors and community moderators, many of whom have children with learning and attention issues.

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Reviewed by Joanne Restivo, Au.D. Dec 10, 2013 Dec 10, 2013

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