Signs and Symptoms of APD

• Delayed or no response to oral instructions or questions OR a routine response such as “Yes” to everything that is said to them

• Unusual sensitivity to or complaints about noise

• Difficulty in telling direction from which parent is calling them

• Talks loudly

• Likes the television volume to be louder than normal

• Tendency to confuse similar sounding words

• Confuses or forgets multiple directions if given in one sentence

• Frequently misunderstands oral instruction or questions or asks a lot of extra informational questions

• Says “Huh?” or “What?” frequently

• Frequently needs repetition or clarification of information

• Has difficulty understanding what is said to them with background noise

• Is uncomfortable in places with a lot of noise or poor acoustics

• Has poor auditory attention

• Is over talkative

• Is easily distracted, has a short attention span, seems to day dream a lot

• May have problems with phonics or discriminating speech sounds

• Difficulty perceiving high frequency sounds, e.g. t, f, s, k, p, th, sh

• May have poor expressive or receptive language

• May have spelling, reading and other academic problems

• Abstract information may be difficult to follow

• Auditory maths tuition and mental maths problems may cause difficulty

• May have reduced auditory memory

• May have behaviour problems

• Behaviour and performance may improve in quieter settings

• May have delayed language development

• Difficulty sequencing the sounds of words

• Inconsistent responses to the same auditory stimuli

• Difficulty expressing desires, often blaming others for not understanding

• May be disorganised and forgetful

• May find it difficult to follow and take part in conversations

• Difficulty organising and integrating thoughts

• Easily fatigued

• Can’t sit still

• Takes a long time to complete class work or homework

• Low confidence and/or self esteem 

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