Did you recently find out that your child has auditory processing disorder? You’re not alone—auditory processing disorder is more common than you may think. And researchers are learning more about it every day. Here are some steps you can take to help your child get the support she needs to thrive in school and in life.
Learn all you can about auditory processing disorder.
Investigate treatments and therapies for auditory processing disorder.
Discuss supports and services for auditory processing disorder with the school.
Schedule a meeting with the school and provide any reports you may have from specialists. Even if the school has done its own evaluation, having an outside evaluation could help with IEP or 504 plan process. Talk about specific classroom accommodations that can help kids with auditory processing disorder. Assistive technology can also be helpful. For instance, special hearing devices that filter sounds can help some kids “tune out” distractions.
Teach your child to self-advocate.
Understand the possible emotional impact.
Learning and attention issues like auditory processing disorder can also have an impact on your child’s emotions. In some cases, there’s even a higher risk for mental health issues when a child has a learning and attention issue. Know the signs of anxiety and depression. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s doctor if you have any concerns.
Find ways to help your child with auditory processing disorder at home.
Find auditory processing disorder support.
Visit your local Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) to learn about auditory processing disorder services near you. And consider joining our online community, where you can hear from parents who’ve been there. They can share tips and experiences that could make your journey easier.
Stay in touch with the school.