Auditory Processing Disorder in the United Kingdom


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What is Auditory Processing Disorder ?

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is the INVISIBLE Disability, which randomly prevents the sufferers from processing auditory (sound and including verbal) information.

APD is not a hearing impairment, as many APDs have perfect (A1) hearing, but the inability to process what is heard.

When APD's have a processing failure, they do not process what is being said to them. They may be able to repeat the words back word for word, but the meaning of the message is lost, not processed.
Simply repeating the instruction is of no use if an APD is not processing. Neither will increasing the volume help.

APD's have an Auditory Processing Disorder, and text is only  the visual code of human auditory communication, and so the Auditory Processing Disorder can be extended into reading and writing as this Auditory code.  
As a result APD has been recognised as one of the major causes of Developmental Dyslexia. Not all who have APD however are dyslexic

There can also many other hidden implications, which are not always apparent even to the sufferer.

In many instances APD comes as part of an Invisible Disability package, and in some instances the other disability may mask the APD. This multiple disability scenario indicates that a transdiscipline approach to research, diagnosis, and treatment is of the utmost importance.
Especially as APD can mimic many of the other Invisible Disabilities.

APD is a way of life not just a disability.

What is APDUK trying to achieve ?

APDUK is trying to promote an increased understanding of APD in the UK by both the professional establishment, especially in the fields of education and employment, and the general public.

APDUK is trying to provide help and support for all who are APD sufferers or are related to an APD sufferer.

As part of our campaign we have created this web site to provide links to the best information on the Internet.
We have also created some of helpful guides based on our own observations of APD.

Initially our prime concerns are for young APD's who are currently in the education system. Recognition of APD in the world of education will hopefully help in our attempt to gain recognition in the adult world especially in the sphere of employment, and public agencies.

The problems that challenge adult APDs are not far from our thoughts, as there are at least 2 adult APDs on the Executive Committee of APDUK.

APDUK is a young and growing organisation
We are also attempting to create an APDUK members only forum. The thinking behind this forum is for it to be in tandem with a sister Professional forum.
The Professional forum will be for professionals with an interest in APD only (Audiologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, Hospital Consultants, SENCos etc.).  
Members of the Professional forum would also have access to the APDUK Members forum, and would be able to offer advice and support to the members when they raise APD related issues
For this to work effectively we need to have the full support from many professionals in the UK who are interested in APD.  And we also need to have significant member base to make it worth their while. So please help us to help you, and join APDUK.


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