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Common Symptoms of APD

  • Frequently ask ”huh?” or “what?” and often need information repeated
  • Trouble understanding in noisy environments
  • Difficulty following multi-step directions
  • Poor spelling skills
  • Poor reading fluency and reading comprehension
  • Trouble hearing the differences between sounds in words.
  • Poor phonological awareness skills such as sound-symbol relationships, recognizing and integrating a sequence of sounds into words, and identifying the beginning, middle, and ending sounds of words
  • Poor memory for lists of words and numbers
  • Difficulty with complex language such as word problems
  • Difficulty with directing, sustaining, or dividing attention
  • Trouble remembering spoken information
  • Easily distracted or bored when conversations or activities do not include visuals
  • Difficulty finding the right words to use
  • Slow or delayed responses to verbal instructions
  • Misinterpretation of questions
  • Articulation errors that persist longer than they should
  • Distractible, especially when background noise is present
  • Difficulty following classroom discussions, or making off-topic contributions
  • Inability to sing in tune and poor musical ability
  • Difficulty understanding riddles and jokes or interpreting words too literally
  • Misinterpret sarcasm or tone of voice and get feelings hurt easily
  • Become frustrated with certain tasks. (i.e. saying “I don’t understand,” “I can’t do this,” or “I don’t know what you mean”)