Auditory Processing Disorder – Diagnosis

It’s important to note that APD is not the only type of language and/or communication deficit. If you are looking for answers, a good place to start is your family pediatrician. From there, the pediatrician should be able to guide and direct you to the appropriate specialist. They may suggest having an evaluation or screening […]

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Auditory Processing Disorder OR Something Else?

There are many symptoms of APD that are also symptoms of other disorders. Because of this, it can be confusing to determine what the actual problem is without getting help from a trained professional. Though symptoms may overlap, the root cause of the problem is what needs to be determined in order to get an […]

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Auditory Processing Disorder – Symptoms

Persons with APD will likely show some of the following symptoms.  Remember a person with APD has normal hearing.  They will pass a hearing test; yet, will have problems with certain aspects of how hearing is processed. Don’t hear subtle differences between sounds in words. Find it difficult to tell what direction sounds are coming from. Have […]

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Auditory Processing Disorder – An Introduction

Can a person have normal hearing, pass a hearing test and still be diagnosed with auditory processing disorder? What are the symptoms of auditory processing disorder? Are there other conditions similar to auditory processing disorder? Auditory processing disorder (APD) is also known as Central Auditory Processing Disorder. This is a neurological disorder that makes it […]

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Building Blocks of Reading

When children display reading problems in 1st grade, research shows that 74% of these kids will still be poor readers in 9th grade unless they receive explicit instruction in phonemic awareness. After phonemic awareness skills are mastered, you can start to teach phonics. If your child or student is a struggling reader they will need […]

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Intelligence or Phonemic Awareness

These are great quotes that reinforce the fact that intelligence is not a predictor of dyslexia.  Phonemic awareness is. “People are often surprised to learn that it is phonemic awareness and not intelligence that best predicts ease of learning to read.” Sally Shaywitz, Overcoming Dyslexia. “Phonemic awareness is the core and causal factor that separates […]

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7 Types of Phonemic Awareness Skills

There are 7 types of phonemic awareness skills. These may sound like simple skills, but for a dyslexic reader these skills are difficult and are usually not learned unless they are directly taught.  By the way, phoneme means sound. 7 Essential Phonemic Awareness Skills Phoneme Segmentation: Tell me the sounds you hear in the word […]

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Phonemic Awareness – What’s That?

Phonics is a big word in education. You could say it’s a “buzz” word. There are many phonics workbooks, programs, and games on the market. In its simplest form, phonics teaches letter/sound correspondences. Phonics helps children learn to read, spell, and write. Phonics is generally taught between Kindergarten and 2nd grade. Phonics is essential to […]

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Accommodations – Setting & Time

When thinking about ways to help children with learning don’t forget to think about WHERE they are learning and TIME MANAGEMENT.  See the ideas below for helpful tips! Setting Provide a consistent location to work with no distractions on the workspace. Minimize noise distractions (background TV, conversations, etc.) Fidgets can enhance focus – choose a fidget that […]

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Accommodations – Math

Often times dyslexia affects math – especially the ability to memorize rote facts and remember step-by-step procedures. Because dyslexia is a language based learning disability, word problems can be extremely confusing.  Here are several tips to help ease math frustration. Math Provide grid paper for math problems. Flip lined paper on its side to line up […]

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