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Auditory Processing Disorder: What You’re Seeing in Your High-Schooler

By The Understood Team

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Is what you’re seeing in your child typical teenage behavior or signs of auditory processing disorder (APD)? The following symptoms are typical of APD but may also occur with other learning and attention issues like ADHD and dyslexia.

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Auditory Processing Disorder: What You’re Seeing in Your High-Schooler
Teens with APD may have a hard time expressing themselves through words. They could also struggle to understand abstract ideas. Here’s what you might see.

Seems Hard of Hearing
At home:Even in a quiet room,your teen keeps askingyou “What?”
At school:Your teen doesn’t seemto notice he’s talkinglouder than his classmates.
The issue:APD can make it hard to filter out background noise and to notice subtle differences in the way words sound.
Isn’t a Great Communicator
At home: Whether your teen is discussing feelings or something matter-of-fact, what he says is often vague and disjointed.
At school: Your teen has trouble finding the right words and organizing his thoughts.
The issue: Kids with APD tend to have a weak vocabulary and difficulty expressing themselves.
Doesn’t Read Between the Lines
At home: Your teen often asks you to explain jokes and other things that would be obvious to others.
At school: Your teen struggles to grasp abstract concepts.
The issue: Kids with APD often have difficulty understanding nonliteral language and drawing inferences.
Keeps Dropping the Ball
At home: Your teen forgets to buy half the things you asked him to get at the grocery store.
At school: Your teen can’t seem to remember the steps he needs to complete in his science lab.
The issue: Teens with APD often struggle to remember information they’ve heard, such as lists or tasks that involve multiple items or steps.
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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 Dean Mancuso, Au.D. Dec 14, 2013 Dec 14, 2013

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