J.M. asks from Fremont, CA on March 06, 2008
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) - Looking for Home Resources/any Help!
My 5th grade son was diagnosed thru the school with Auditory Processing Disorder. He is on a 504 plan at school which has been very little help. I've been searching the Internet for tools/resources to help him with school work but with very little luck. Most resources provide the symptoms of the disorder and generic strategies but nothing specific for a learning environment. Any experience or knowledge you have regarding APD is appreciated. I am also looking for experinced moms that know about 504 plans...maybe something is missing from his plan.
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So What Happened?™
Thank You to all that replied to my request for help!
Since my request I have spoken to the school psychologist who is going to build a case to get him into IEP. I’ve had a meeting with the principal and teacher and reviewed and made changes to his 504 plan. I purchased a “Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book” to get an idea of Ryan’s rights….I also realized I may need to hire an “Advocate” for my son if he is not accepted into the IEP. The more I read everyone’s response…the more I realized IEP is the next step. – I also didn’t realize there are different levels of APD…so I made a request to the school psychologist to go over her findings so that I can learn more about his specific needs.
Thank You Again to all that responded. - J.
K.T. answers from San Francisco on March 11, 2008
My son has APD and we did a therapy called Tomotis or Auditory Music Therapy. This seemed to help him quite a bit and other parents in his group were pleased as well with their results.
We live in Sonoma County and went through the Swain Center. I know they are now opening a center in San Jose.
L.S. answers from Stockton on March 07, 2008
I know Maria from Sutter Physical therapy has a listening program to assist with this problem.
Lisa Balogh, the OT for the Tracy district has another listening program for the kids. My son had it for several months.
L.A. answers from San Francisco on March 07, 2008
J.M. answers from San Francisco on March 07, 2008
I suggest you contact the Ann Martin Children's Center and see how they can help you. www.annmartin.org. They are in Oakland but it might be worth checking into their educational programs (if you can handle the drive) or seeing if they can recommend anyone close to your area. Good luck.
W.M. answers from Sacramento on March 07, 2008
Our son has apd as well, and has also been diagnosed with ADD on top of that. I have no idea what a 504 plan is.
Where are you located? Our son is in special ed classes and is mainstreamed into 3 regular classes for his other
3 classes. We have also had to get creative with his learning, because he only learns visually. Like with his math, we bought a giant screw, and put nuts and bolts on it.Then when he had to subract 3 from 10, he could see it
visually. I have also discovered that my husband is the same way, I just never knew it until I went in searh of
answers for our son. I am truly surprised that you got a
diagnosis from the school like that, we had to go to see
a medical professional. And everytime Ben goes on a growth spurt his add gets worse. He has a hard time even
getting himself ready for school. He is in 8th grade, and
will be going to high school next year. He presently does the work of 4th grade at the most. And his mainstreamed classes have been modified for what his capabilities are.
He seems to accell in computers and science, anything that is hands on, that he can see. I hope this helps you at all, we also have out here what is called resource support,
a ratio of 2-3 kids with one teacher at a time working on specific things that all 3 kids need help in at the same time. Ben also had to go to speech for 11 years, since he was two, he was not speaking, only grunting. He is definetly a challenge for us, but we love him dearly, as well as his two sisters. I forgot, when you want certain services for your son, or tests done, you have to turn in a written request that is dated, one for the teacher, one for the principal and one for you. You must be sure to include that you want what ever it is done, and they have to have results back to you within 30 days, it is the law.
You can also go to the office and ask for a parent handbook
on the specail ed classes. This gives you all of the laws
and a lot of other information. I have had to get really pushy at times. Something else to consider is to watch the teachers. Our son's first sdc teacher was so lazy. A lot of the kids were also destructive. Their parents did not discipline them because they were in special ed. We
expect our son to behave and act like a person. We have annual IEP meetings, and plan ahead as much as we can.
I am currently looking into something called brainasium.
It is for kids of Bens situation. Let us know what happens. W.
J.S. answers from San Francisco on March 07, 2008
A good organization to be part of is PEN - Parents Education Network
they have many informative lectures
M.L. answers from San Francisco on March 07, 2008
If your son is continuing to struggle on his 504 plan you need to ask in writing for an updated assessment to have him considered for an IEP (Individualized Education Program). Children who are diagnosed with CAPD can qualify for an IEP under the category of eligibilty of "other health impaired" which provides more supports by way of academic goals and objectives, interventions and accommodations. Section 504 plans "level the playing field" for the disabled while IEP's are designed to meet "the child's unique needs". The fact that he continues to struggle on a 504 plan highly suggests an updated assessment and an IEP.
CAPD disorders are complex and school districts know little of how to address this. You should ask for a referral to an audiologist in the same request.
There are numerous therapies out there including AIT and software for younger students which are designed to "reprogram" the brain. Some school districts offer this others don't.
Some children with CAPD mimic signs of children with ADHD - I would ask the school district for a comprehensive psycho ed evaluation and consider getting one privately if your insurance can cover it. Have these ready and ask these folks to include recommendations for interventions.
CAPD interventions often include:
FM monitors for a child so they can hear clearly
Quite distraction free environments for test taking
Speech and language services
Academic supports to enhance learning and memory recall
If you are having problems advocating in your school, you should consider looking into hiring an educational advocate or a special education attorney.
Hope this helps,
Leigh Law Group/EDULEGAL
Not intended as legal advice you should consult with an attorney if you feel your rights have been violated
C.C. answers from San Francisco on March 30, 2008
I had my daughter tested in college for Auditory Processing Disorder. She, also, had short term memory processing problem.
What I understand about Auditory Processing is that the student can hear fine, but may have trouble processing the information. It can lead to problems with phonics and comprehension, since they are missing part of the information that is given to them.
They do very well with visual instruction. Some tutoring centers such as Lindamood-Bell can assist with the phonics and comprehension.
With Auditory Processing Disorders, there may be some speech and language issues. Have you ever had your child tested for these? If your child has trouble expressing himself or not understanding directions, he may qualify for speech and language services. If your child qulifies for speech, you can have goals written for speech and language into an IEP. Also, ther 504 accomodations can be written into the IEP.
I was looking on my email for information about 504 plans. The following websites may help you. www.ldaca.pagesweb.com/section504online and www.ldonline.org
Also, check out Pam and Pete Wright's website. He has information regarding special education law and 504 plans.
Another group you might want to check out is COPAA. Their website is www.COPAA.org. It is a group of parents, advocates and attorneys for all learning different children.
K.L. answers from Sacramento on March 07, 2008
I don't know what ADP is, but I do have a little experence with 504 plans. Which school district are you in. Are the
teachers following it, some don't. A place to go is warmline
family resource center. They can help you find resources on
info and what he needs. Why does he have a 504 not an IEP
And I have learned sometimes you have to get pushy, and not
be nice to get what your child needs. Good luck.
L.A. answers from San Francisco on March 07, 2008
While I don't have the answer for you, I may know someone who does. A friend of mine is a parent advocate for children with special needs. She may be able to guide you in the right direction. Her name is Paula Flower and her website is www.floweradvocacy.com. Good luck.
G.S. answers from Sacramento on March 07, 2008
I am a Registered Nurse that works with students who have special needs in a school district. I want to be honest with you, most 504 plans don't work because rarely do teachers do what they are supposed to do and what is put in the plan. Also, when a student is found to have a processing disorder but doesn't qualify for special ed they automatically recommend a 504. What I highly recommend you do is contact your schools RSP teacher or Resource specialist teacher or a special ed teacher and ask them what they would do in their classroom for a child with Auditory processing disorders. His teacher can be giving him outlines of what she might be discussing in class so that he can follow along easier. It would be very difficult for him to listen to lecture type teaching without any visual assistance, he would have trouble processing the auditory information. Or he can have a little tape recorder in class so that what she talks about can be brought home and you can go over what she said together. Those are just a couple examples, but I know your RSP teacher would have more. Also make sure he is sitting at the front of the class!!!
You are going to have to be his biggest advocate and push push push for what he deserves to get in his classroom. I wish I could be more help, but know that if you don't follow through and continue to check in with his teachers and school, they will let the 504 fall. I wish I could be more help, I know its frustrating to see your child struggle.