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Working With Your Teen With Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)

Working With Your Teen With Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)

It can be hard on a teen to learn they have a hearing disorder. Even if your audiologist diagnosed them when they were younger, teenagers can be hyper-aware of both positive and negative things that make them different from their peers. As parents, you can help your teen emotionally adjust to their disorder in several ways.

  • Be patient – As APD can make it difficult for the hearer to comprehend what is said to them, simple conversations can lead to misunderstandings. Be patient and repeat yourself as often as necessary. Your teen is likely as frustrated as you are with the situation, which can turn into depression if they feel they are frustrating everyone in their life and are unable to communicate.
  • Stay available – Your teen may feel a certain amount of awkwardness with outsiders who do not understand their disorder. This can appear as if they are not wanting to talk to anyone who isn’t close family or friends. By making yourself available, you can help them ease any feeling of isolation they may be struggling with.
  • Try Therapy – Your teen may need to talk to a therapist to help them process their feelings concerning their APD. Even if they are not visibly struggling, a few visits to a therapist may help your teen frame and understand how to better emotionally deal with their APD.

Physical Adaptations For Teens With APD

While it is tricky to deal with the emotional side of your teen’s APD, as their parent, there is much you can do to support them physically.

  • Obtain for your teen an IEP – An individual education plan (IEP) allows for accommodations to be made for your child when it comes to their schooling. How to obtain an IEP may vary slightly depending on the school district, but you will need to start by inquiring at your local school district about how to help your child receive an IEP.
  • Communicate with them in multiple ways – From making sure chores are done to relaying information, you may want to use multiple forms of communication so your teen will be able to understand what you want from them. A chore board or even sending them a text can help cut down on miscommunications.
  • Have a speech therapist work with your teen – Your teen’s disorder may have made it difficult for them to learn how to properly enunciate when communicating. A speech therapist can help them correct any speech issues.

Having APD may be physically and emotionally hard on your teen, but when you are in your teen’s corner, it can greatly ease the stress on them.

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