Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Auditory processing difficulties - what next

Michael my youngest has had a long battle with his hearing and breathing problems, everything had been fine until his first birthday when he got Scarlet fever, and things went down hill his hearing was affected I did have to battle as I was told his hearing was fine by the age of two he had a teacher for the deaf and a speech therapist coming to see him weekly, and to add to this he was in and out of hospital with breathing problems severe asthma.

Now at 7 years old in year 2 his hearing loss has really gotten much better and he speaks brilliant, he does have SEN, me and his teacher decided he could benefit from another hearing test so a couple of weeks ago we went along to audiology and his hearing was ok, but Auditory processing disorder was explained to us and we were told it was very hard to diagnose but Michael did have Auditory processing difficulties and  most hospitals will not diagnose Auditory processing disorder no follow up appointments nothing.

 we are very lucky as my sons teacher has arranged one to one maths of a morning when all the other children are in assembly and he gets other one to one support in class but my worry is what will happen when the support stops?

We were told by Audiology that there was no need for a further follow up appointment with them as they could not treat Michael, so feeling a little lost  .

It  looks like google and finding other parents and ways to push Michael as hard as possible is my only way forward to try and help Michael as much as possible memory was one of the really low results so will be on the look out for memory games and as much information as I can get.


  1. Hello. Just want to share some resources I found when I did my own research on APD awhile back.

    You might want to check out They have a large resource on APD including activities to help improve your son's listening skills.

    Another one is UK-based,

    There's also a book called "Sound of Hope" that might help you. Here's the link:

    A lot of SLP practitioners are also in Pinterest, pinning ideas for memory games and other activities that you can do with your son.

    Wishing you all the best.

    1. Thank you so much, really appreciate your input
      best wishes

  2. Look for a speech-language pathologist who understands APD and listening challenges. They are your best resource.