Books on Auditory Processing Disorder

Instructor: Joanne Abramson

Joanne has taught middle school and high school science for more than ten years and has a master's degree in education.

Auditory Processing Disorder, or APD, is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. The books described in this lesson will help parents and teachers better understand what APD is and how it can be treated.

What is Auditory Processing Disorder?

Do you notice that your child, or a student in your class, is unusually bothered by loud sounds or noisy environments? Does she have difficulty understanding or following directions? Maybe she is also having trouble with reading, writing and speaking. If so, there is a chance that your child has Auditory Processing Disorder or APD.

Auditory Processing Disorder is a disorder of the central nervous system that affects about 5% of school-age children. Children with this disorder have normal hearing, but their brain does not correctly interpret the sounds that they hear. This can lead to problems with communication, both understanding what is said and responding appropriately. While there has recently been increased awareness of APD, there still remains much confusion regarding both what the disorder is and what it is not. If you are a parent or teacher of a child with APD, the following books will help you better understand, treat and accommodate the disorder.

Like Sound Through Water: A Mother's Journey Through The Auditory Processing Disorder by Karen J. Foli and Edward M. Hallowell (2002)

Like Sound Through Water chronicles a mother's battle to get her son properly assessed and diagnosed with APD. Once the diagnosis is complete, she struggles with the beginnings of treatment, though the story concludes with a happy ending. The book is engaging and written for a general audience, but also contains copious information and guidance for parents and instructors of children with APD.

Same Journey Different Paths: Stories of Auditory Processing Disorder edited by Beverly Prince-Sayward (2013)

Same Journey, Different Paths is a collection of essays written by parents and individuals with APD. The authors met through social media and began sharing advice and experiences dealing with the disorder. This book was designed to impart resources and experiences, as well as to educate others on living with APD. In addition to the personal accounts, the book contains a discussion of the disorder, including symptoms, causes and treatments, as well as a glossary of terms and a selection of resources for further information.

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