A Labor to Listen

If everyday sounds set your child on edge, he may have auditory processing disorder. Learn how to recognize the symptoms and get treatment.

Auditory processing disorder can make it difficult for children to focus in school
Henry is fidgety and distractible during classroom activities, according to his second-grade teacher. In gym class, he gets cranky and lashes out at classmates who "are yelling at me and telling me what to do." His mother has noticed similar behaviors at home. When he's doing homework, she says, "he uses every little sound as an excuse to delay getting down to work. Even the dishwasher distracts him, though the kitchen is on the other side of the house. He ...

If the sounds of the world are too much for your child, he may have an auditory processing problem. Learn how to figure it out and find help.


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