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At a Glance: Classroom Accommodations for Auditory Processing Disorder

By Peg Rosen

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Auditory processing disorder (APD) can affect many aspects of how kids learn in the classroom—from focusing on what the teacher says to learning how to read. Take a look at some examples of supports that can help.

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Classroom Accommodations for Auditory Processing Disorder

Auditory processing disorder (APD) makes it hard for kids to understand what they hear. And that can make it hard to function and learn in the classroom. Here are some examples of accommodations teachers can use to help with auditory processing disorder.

For In-Class Learning
• Repeat or rephrase key information throughout the lesson.
• Seat the student near the teacher and away from doors and windows.
• Speak clearly and slowly when presenting information.
• Give a signal that alerts the student that an important point is being made.
• Allow the student to use an assistive listening device to make it easier to hear the teacher’s voice.
• Use visual tools like a white board or computer to support spoken lessons.
• Use images and gestures to enhance the student’s understanding.

For Classwork and Test Taking
• Provide a quiet area for independent work.
• Don’t penalize the student for spelling errors.
• Arrange for a classmate to share notes with the student.
• Provide opportunities for the student to show and use his strengths in class.
• Provide extended time for testing.
• Break down test or classwork instructions into short, written steps.

For Class Preparation
• Have the student read and become familiar with material before it’s taught in class.
• Provide a list of key vocabulary and concepts for upcoming lessons.
• Provide written homework instructions and a homework list for the week.
Graphic of Classroom Accommodations for Auditory Processing Disorder
Graphic of Classroom Accommodations for Auditory Processing Disorder

About the Author

Portrait of Peg Rosen

Peg Rosen writes for digital and print, including ParentCenter, WebMD, Parents, Good Housekeeping and Martha Stewart.

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Portrait of Ginny Osewalt

Ginny Osewalt is certified in elementary and special education, with experience in inclusion, resource room and self-contained settings.

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