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EdPlace offers thousands of interactive learning resources to help support children with APD from year 1 to GCSE. We’re here to help support your child through their learning journey. We understand that finding the type of support your child may need can be daunting, so we want to try and demystify some of the common questions - we’re here to support you and your child’s education!

In this article, Mandy, our SEND expert, who has worked within schools for 11 years (we like to call her our SEND Superhero!), gives you tips to help support your child’s learning.

APD is the slow processing of instructions given verbally due to the signals in the brain not interpreting the information appropriately.

If you’re concerned that your child has APD you should seek medical advice from your GP. A speech and language therapist (SALT) or a Pediatrician will be able to diagnose your child with APD once a referral has been made. Often, there has been a history of regular ear infections during language acquisition when the brain is forming links and electrical signals in the brain. APD has nothing to do with the functioning of the ear itself, it is the way the brain interprets the auditory information. Hearing tests results will be normal.

Some of the behaviour and symptoms you may see are:

Slow processing
Instructions can be misheard or misinterpreted, so you may receive a confusing and inappropriate response to a verbal instruction. This is due to the brain still processing what you have said and your child not ‘hearing’ the entire sentence.

Processing can be slow and conversations tend to move fast, so you may find that your child gets easily frustrated or loses interest quickly, as they are not following what you are saying efficiently.

Your child may say that they can’t hear properly, and although they can hear perfectly well, it may be the only way that they can describe their symptoms.

APD Superpowers

People with APD have their own personal attributes and skills on top of APD superpowers, such as reading facial expressions and problem solving! Ensuring that they pick up on any visual clue to help put auditory information into context, and being able to piece together an instruction without all of the information.

Additional support

  • Ensuring that all people surrounding your child understands the difficulties that they face is paramount. This especially applies to your child’s school.
  • Request that your child sits at the front of the classroom so that they can lip read if necessary, and that makes certain that all distractions are behind them.
  • Use your child’s name before speaking to them as this will gain their full attention.
  • Visual representation to back-up auditory information would be extremely helpful.
  • As your child’s range of vocabulary broadens and they can put words and situations in context, you may find that their symptoms are less apparent.

Your child will discover their own techniques for coping over time and by adulthood they may not display all or any signs of APD.

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  • The read aloud feature reads all of the text so that the information is given verbally and visually, ensuring that a child with APD has extra opportunity to process information. Also, it will read out one line at a time rather than the entire page, allowing the time to process and understand every word.
  • The reading window and ruler to reduce the amount of exposed text on the screen, to enable students to concentrate on individual instructions.
  • Instant visual representation of results and progress helps your child to self-monitor their attainment, perfect for building independence and self-esteem!

All of these features can help your child with APD to engage in learning, discreetly using their personalised preference to help them reach their full potential.


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