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    Default Any help for APD - auditory processing disorder?

    I am seeking for tips from moms who have experience with APD. My daughter seems to be doing pretty well with T4L - but other things are difficult...especially more than one step instructions. Any ideas?
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    Hi my daughter's auditory processing has always been poor although she can read words. We write list's for her for just about everything to break things down for her. We do this for cleaning her room, feeding the dogs, Math, outings etc etc... This helps her to process and complete the task. She is such a visual thinker it's amazing to us and anyone that has worked with my daughter, how this helps her.

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    We just started this so I can't give my personal testimony yet, but go to www.diannecraft.org and look at her Brain Integration Therapy Manual.....it's about $30 with postage but I have really high hopes of success with this program.....deni....
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    Default Re: Any help for APD - auditory processing disorder?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie Gaddy
    I am seeking for tips from moms who have experience with APD. My daughter seems to be doing pretty well with T4L - but other things are difficult...especially more than one step instructions. Any ideas?
    Oh Jamie, this is the passion of my heart. I have three sons with APD! Dianne Craft is VERY helpful, but it is time intensive and I see that you have six children. Here are some things that have really helped us with APD:

    1) I never talk while showing them how to do a math problem or any kind of problems. I explain while looking them in the eye and then do 4-8 problems in a row and tell the to just "watch" me. It sounds simple but our specialist taught this to me and I have shared it with TONS of moms who think it's a miracle. Because their brain cannot organize verbal communication well our instructions are often lost. However, most APD kids have an amazing visual learning capacity.

    2) Borrowing and Carrying is VERY difficult for an APD child. First, I EXPECT that it's going to take them awhile to get it. (that helps me to relax) I use different colored pencils or pens for each column. Again that strong visual learning capacity will latch onto the different colors.

    3) Curriculum wise I have to stay with things that are short and sweet and filled with graphics. We use Time4Learning for Math and Language arts and Five In A Row for history, Science, Art. Both of these programs are strong visually, short time spans, yet SOLID academically. My children went up more than they ever had using Time4Learning. Handwriting Without Tears is a good writing program for APD kids as well;-)

    4) I almost hate to mention this because I've now recommended it four times this morning, but NOISE REDUCING HEADPHONES!!!! APD kids THRIVE with this. It blocks most distracting outside noises so they can focus on what's being taught.

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    My daughter has APD and short term memory issues. I find that printing out the work before we start the task helps a great deal. We review it together and then we start the lesson on the computer. That way when she begins she's more familiar with the lesson, therefore boosting her confidence in the subject matter. The printed material serves as a nice tool to refer back to. We also work at different grade levels. She may perform at grade level for some subjects and lower grade levels on other subjects. We do not progress to a different grade level until I find she gets it. Constant repetition is key. T4L has been a blessing for us. I wish you much success.

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    I am new to this board and risk making a name for myself by going off on a tangent regarding biomedical interventions, but they have cured my son of auditory processing disorder. I put my son through the DAN (Defeat Autism Now) protocol and his APD was the first thing to disappear...and I would say it was rather severe, he would say, "what did you say?" after EVERYTHING that we said. I used to have to bend down to his level and repeat myself slowly several times. He also had a stuttering problem.

    Specifically what I think helped:
    Methyl B12 shots
    Methylaid (a supplement with TMG, zinc, choline, b vitamins)
    Gluten free diet

    Even now when I skip his methyl b 12 shot he starts stuttering...every time.

    The amazing thing about this is that he absolutely excels at time4learning b/c he understands all the auditory information in the lesson and answers the question perfectly!

    You are welcome to email me with more questions.
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    Hi, I have a son with APd and I know it can be very difficult. He has been through 3 levels of Fastforward by Scientific learning. He still has problems, but it did help but is quite pricey. I use alot of the extra steps mentioned in your replies. You mentioned multi step directions. We work on that as well and it has improved a great deal. We do it in a very simple fun way. I get a roll of quarters at the bank and I sit on the couch and place the quarters on the end table. We start with 2 directions. If he can complete it he gets a quarter, if he misses he has to give a quarter back. I say I need you to take this to the trash for me and then go to the bathroom and bring me my hairbrush. Etc. He loves it. Is fun and he sees when he ends up making money, he's made headway. Shirley

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    I am interested in knowing more. I'm kind of familiar with DAN... the organization but not the protocol. I was told a couple of years ago about the metylcobalamin nasal prescription (the parent was very impressed with this). I'm glad to hear this has worked for your son! My son is dyslexic, but I wonder if his short-term memory issues would improve with this protocol?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie Gaddy View Post
    I am seeking for tips from moms who have experience with APD. My daughter seems to be doing pretty well with T4L - but other things are difficult...especially more than one step instructions. Any ideas?
    This might be too late, but I stumbled across your post while conducting a quick search. As a child, I was diagnosed with auditory processing disorder. Before diagnosis, they were not quite sure what my learning disability was. I attended speech therapy sessions. My parents happened to discussing my case and a nearby parent overheard. They then proceeded to discuss their own child's case and how it sounded very similar to mine. They informed my parents about the fantastic program at the University of Missouri - the Speech and Hearing Clinic (Columbia, MO). I was taken then, diagnosed with APD, and began therapy. Within a year, I improved significantly. In fact, I improved so much, I never attended a therapy session again. We moved to Nebraska, and it was like a fresh start for me. They wanted to hold me back a year (repeat 6th grade) so that I had time to catch up, but I refused. I went on to graduate high school getting straight As. I am now pursuing my PhD in history. Most people that I have talked to said that I would never be able to reach a level of comprehension that would allow me to excel in subjects like history, literature, etc. I fought through it.

    It's been almost 15 years since my therapy program at MU, and I can honestly say that my doctor/therapist there saved my life. Before, I had no hope and my comprehension level was extremely poor. After...well, here I am.

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