Connection between SPD and Auditory processing problems?

by MB
(Atlanta)

Does anyone know or have experiences with a child who exhibits SPD and auditory processing problems? Thank You!

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Sep 17, 2009
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spd and apd
by: Whitney

Thank you for telling me your struggles with your 8 year old. The OT has suggested listening therapy but we have not started. I have thought about it and am concerned about putting in 2 half an hour periods in a day. I feel like we struggle with a busy schedule with four kids. I will look into making this a priority if others have seen improvements.

Sep 17, 2009
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8yo ds diagnosed w/apd and spd
by: Anonymous

hi whitney,

just wanted to say my ds struggled with reading, spelling, writing. had sensory issues but went undiagnosed until this past April. I was working on things at home to improve him at school. I went through the checklist here and then got a referral to a speech/ language doctor. he was evaluated and diagnosed with apd, i asked about spd, then had him evaluated, he has a modulation issue and tactile issues. they are very connected in my opinion. My son just complete listening therapy which helped tremendously. HTH

Sep 10, 2009
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Parents Need to Listen to Their Gut Feelings
by: Anonymous

When my son was 4 yrs old I knew something was drastically wrong when I asked him to find a picture that had a B sound and he picked out a cat. The area school system psychologist evaluated him and said that he was too young to diagnose because it is not uncommon for children this age to be confused, "Wait until he is around 7 or 8 years old"!

My son struggled in kindergarten and we had to hold him back. He struggled in 1st grade and in 2nd grade, I decided to get the school district psychologist back in the picture. It took months for the evaluations and the results: slow processing, sensory processing problems and attention deficit disorder. I contacted an ADHD pediatrician who had us fill out more questionnaires. Third grade more doctor appointments, more questionnaires, more school missed for appointments. His teacher was terribly frustrated and insisted all he needed was meds. My son would get so upset with school that he often refused to leave the house, made himself sick from the stress and being overwhelmed which made school worse. His teacher was not too keen on accommodations.

I started my son in psychological counseling because of his problems in school and at home with his father who believed all he needed was discipline, "those people you take him to are quacks." Summer vacation! Dr. did not feel he was ready for medication and told us to come back in the middle of July. In the middle of July, we saw his doctor and the results of all the testing: Inattentive-type ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Slow Processing Disorder. He suggested OPT, continue counseling and get evaluated by a speech/language pathologist, which we did. The speech pathologist suggested he read while being read to. My daughter saw an OT on the local evening news who was talking about SPD. I knew right away that my son needed to see her.

My son is in his third week of OT and loves it. I decided that my son did not need to start out the school year struggling and I consulted with a psychiatrist regarding medication intervention for focusing. He agreed that waiting over two years is long enough and a low dose may help him focus. First day of school my son came home in tears, hates his teacher and does not want to go back. I emailed his principal at 2 a.m. about the teacher's behavior in the classroom and how she threatened the children with no recess if work was not done. One thing you never take away from SPD children is recess. Second day of school, brief chat with his teacher who said she was willing to make some accommodations. Back to the principal I went.

I feel like we are traveling on a directionless, beaten path and I can't handle it anymore. I explained to my son on the way home tonight that if "they" would have listened to me when he was in kindergarten and preschool, he may not be having problems right now, but he will be okay.

Sep 09, 2009
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spd and auditory
by: Whitney

I am not sure but I posted and then it did not come up so hopefully it doesn't post twice. My daughter is 8. We have delt with her spd since she was 2 but not diagnosed until 6. We thought she was very willful. She is in 2nd grade and I am concerned because she says she hates to read or sound out words already that as school becomes more academic that we will have more problems. She struggles with sounding out words to write also. She keeps everything together all day at school because she does not want to stand out among her peers. She is very self conscious! The afternoons and evenings at times can be unbearable at home because she is so wound up. I am happy to have this blog to read what other families are doing and find comfort that I am not as alone as I feel.

Sep 09, 2009
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spd and auditory
by: Whitney

Hello,
Yes I feel like I am chasing my tale, asking question after question and worrying because she is so different than my other 3. One person says this but then another this. This website and the blog has been helpful and comforting. My daughter is eight and we have been dealing with this for 6 years and diagnosed about 2 years ago. My daughter fights to keep everything together while she is at school and does not want to stand out among her peers so she really lets go in the afternoon and evening. She says she hates to read and struggles with sounding out and remembering words and now she is in 2nd grade I am concerned that she will get more frustrated before she qualifies for help.

Sep 08, 2009
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SPD and auditory processing problems
by: Anonymous

Hi Whitney,
How old is your daughter? I would think the same as you - that she is having problems hearing! But maybe it could mean she is not "understanding" - at least a speech pathologist would be a great resource and maybe has seen this before. I feel like I have to keep asking tons of people before I get to the answer. Keep me posted. I just feel like I worry all the time, don't you?!

Sep 08, 2009
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spd and auditory
by: Whitney

I am concerned with my daughter having a problem with both. She has had problems with her ears and continues to tell me she can't hear. When I have taken her to the ENT he tells me even though she has negative pressure in her left ear she still passes her hearing test. But why would she tell me she can't hear things. He said I should take her to a speech pathologist for an evaluation. The school is doing interventions before they evaluate her. I am curious about the connection also.

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