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Thriving in the Midst of Chaos: Parenting With Special Needs Kids

Dec 30, 2020

Bonus Episode: Living With Auditory Processing Disorder

In this episode, Lewis discusses his experience with auditory processing disorder. Lewis was diagnosed with APD by an audiologist after a battery of tests. As a child, he would have difficulty understanding what his friends were saying to him, but he never knew why. In school, he had difficulty understanding what teachers were explaining. He performed better in classes that were more visually oriented. He had more difficulty understanding people in loud areas, and concerts were physically painful for his ears. At home, he misheard what his family was saying, on a regular basis. There was often miscommunication. Currently, APD continues to be challenging for him. At work, he has difficulty comprehending information provided to him at meetings, especially when there are background noises. At doctor appointments, he sometimes misses information or mixes up the information. When he talks to people on the phone, voices sound like gibberish. It is especially challenging when trying to understand his young children speaking, often in whining voices or talking over one another. Wearing headphones in noisy situations has really helped. Asking people to slow down also helps.



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