11 Tips for Homeschooling a Child with Auditory Processing Disorder

Auditory Processing Disorder—11 Homeschool Tips

Because of short-term memory problems, easy brain fatigue, and the effects of noise and visual stimuli on thereading, books, eighth grade child with APD consider the following:

  1. Use of repetition to learn things.
  2. Teach in smaller increments, but with repetition.
  3. Use a multi-sensory approach (including gross motor and fine motor skills).
  4. Avoid programs that have long lectures, boring textbooks, or forced memorization. (Consider curriculum recommendations for right-brained learners.)
  5. Utilize hands-on (kinesthetic) and interactive projects and programs (see Types of Curriculum–programmed learning and technological learning).
  6. Offer more breaks/downtime. (See how physical activity affects the brain.)
  7. Utilize manipulatives during listening to lectures or stories (e.g. playing with plasticine, clay, floam, or legos.
  8. For many kids, chewing gum (or munching on a healthy snack) stimulates the brain and reduces outside stressors. (See how food and environment affect the brain.)
  9. Provide a quiet learning environment.
  10. When helpful, utilize noise reducing headphones to block out noise.
  11. Maintain a calm visual environment.

The ideas for these tips come from the article Tips for Homeschooling a Child with Auditory Processing Disorder .

 Some other articles that may be helpful are:

Help for Children with Central Auditory Processing Disorders  (This article includes symptoms, causes, and tips).

18 Auditory Processing Activities You Can Do Without Spending a Dime

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