Auditory Processing Disorder

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Registered: 04-21-2008
Auditory Processing Disorder
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Wed, 04-28-2010 - 12:36pm

I thought this was an interesting read!

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/26/little-known-disorder-can-take-a-toll-on-learning/?src=me&ref=general

Little-Known Disorder Can Take a Toll on Learning

Parents and teachers often tell children to pay attention — to be a “good listener.” But what if your child’s brain doesn’t know how to listen?

That’s the challenge for children with auditory processing disorder, a poorly understood syndrome that interferes with the brain’s ability to recognize and interpret sounds. It’s been estimated that 2 to 5 percent of children have the disorder, said Gail D. Chermak, an expert on speech and hearing sciences at Washington State University, and it’s likely that many cases have gone undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

The symptoms of A.P.D. — trouble paying attention and following directions, low academic performance, behavior problems and poor reading and vocabulary — are often mistaken for attention problems or even autism.

But now the disorder is getting some overdue attention, thanks in part to the talk-show host Rosie O’Donnell and her 10-year-old son, Blake, who has A.P.D.

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Wed, 04-28-2010 - 2:17pm
Yes, it finally is getting some attention. It is one of the things that commonly mimics ADHD, and one I suggest people test for.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 07-24-2006
Mon, 05-03-2010 - 11:07pm

APD, is actually a branch of SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) or SID (Senory Interogratory Disorder).

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