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    Default Auditory processing disorder

    My son was just tested for learning disabilities and came up having severe auditory processing disorder. The pshychologist says that his IQ tested low and his school skills were quite a bit higher than that. She thinks his IQ tested low because of the APD and that it isn't a true reading. She also said if he had been in public school his school skills wouldn't have been nearly so high (yeah homeschooling!!!) He has had major problems with school since we began in K and I'm not surprised about this, but I don't know what to do.
    First it was suggested that he be tested by an audiologist who specializes in APD to get more specifics on his particular problem. Then private tutoring with a specialist for this is also recommended.
    Does anyone have a child with this? Can you tell me if this is how it went when your child was diagnosed?
    Also, what has been the most helpful thing for teaching this child?
    All of these things mentioned are extremely expensive you might know, and money is extremely tight right now. But then I want to do what he needs.
    Any info or advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks
    Dawn, wife to Jim, mom to Elijah (13) Isaac (12) and Rachel (11)

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    So, I'm assuming no one out there has a child with auditory processing disorder then?
    Dawn, wife to Jim, mom to Elijah (13) Isaac (12) and Rachel (11)

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    Hi

    Our five year old son has Sensory Processing Disorder and struggles with some auditory issues. I am not for sure if that is the exact same thing you are referring too. I am rather new to this as well. Our son has been seeing an OT for the last seven months. I would think that this might be a good place to start for you. Do you have an OT in your area to evaluate and work with your son? If you can get an evaluation and a "diagnoses" for your child, I do believe that insurance is much more apt to pay for therapy.

    I hope and pray you find what you need! Keep us posted!
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    To get that diagnosis I need to go to an audiologist. The nearest one is 4 hours away with a 4 month wait time for an appt. No telling what it will cost.

    I wondered what homeschool type things could be done to help him with his school work.
    Dawn, wife to Jim, mom to Elijah (13) Isaac (12) and Rachel (11)

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    Well...google can probably be your best friend right now! I would just start googling to see what books, information and mom blogs might be able to help you. I completely understand this, especially with our oldest special needs child. I am sorry about the distance and wait for your son But, you can be educating yourself and learning to be his advocate (I am sure you already are!) And I have learned repeatedly...moms do know best!
    Last edited by JennyO; 03-25-2011 at 02:08 PM.
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    It will take more than one evaluation with an audiologist. First they will have to rule out hearing loss, then they can move on to evaluate for APD. It is too much testing for a single session, though an older child they might be able to work twice in one day.

    Is the audiologist that is 4 hours away the closest audiologist with APD experience, or are they the closest audiologist at all?
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    Oh no!!! Go back more than once!!!????

    That is the closest audiologist that tests for APD.
    Dawn, wife to Jim, mom to Elijah (13) Isaac (12) and Rachel (11)

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    The hearing evaluation is a necessary part of the process. Even a mild hearing loss can produce signs of APD, and a mild hearing loss will not be caught by a hearing screening. APD is specifically defined as those signs occurring in the absence of hearing loss (normal hearing) so that has to be determined.

    Perhaps the hearing evaluation could be done quickly and then the APD evaluation afterward, with a break in between. That would depend on your child. Or perhaps you can do a hearing evaluation with a closer audiologist and forward those results to the APD audiologist. Looking at your sig line, I'm assuming this is an 11 or 12yo, so it wouldn't be necessary to have a pediatric audiologist (though some audiologists are not licensed to test children.)

    Talk to the APD audiologist and see what needs to be done and what your options are.

    If your insurance doesn't cover the testing, you might consider approaching the school system. I know it's opening a can of worms, but they have to test students for things like this. You can always simply decline to enroll him, knowing that he may forfeit services. It would be helpful for you to know what special procedures there are, if any, for special needs homeschoolers in your state.
    Shannon, wife to long time sweetheart Gary, mom to DS(24), DS(21) and DD(19)
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    My youngest dd had APD. We did go the route of remediation therapy which is a computer program called Fast Forword. It was used in conjunction with the audiologists and educational therapists. I was lucky that they knew me and I was able to run the program with her. It is very time intensive and expensive, but I did save $$$ doing it myself. It also used to only run on a Mac computer as they have a specific sound card.
    I know there is another program out there that is much more inexpensive and you can just buy it. I just need to remember the name of it. It was used by the public schools in CA and is not as good as Fast Forword, but it might be able to help you.
    Let me rack my brains and see what I can come up. It has been a long time as my dd is now 17. She is doing amazingly well and I am glad I caught all her issues at a fairly young age.
    Will post back when I can remember the name of the program.
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    Yes, if you do remember that program, please let me know.

    Expensive and time consuming - yikes!!!
    Dawn, wife to Jim, mom to Elijah (13) Isaac (12) and Rachel (11)

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