An Introducation to APDUK
Auditory Processing Disorder in the United Kingdom

An Introducation to APD and APDUK
APDUK has been set up by a group parents whose children have the symptoms of APD. Our aim is to promote a greater public awareness of APD, especially in the spheres of Education and Employment.  APD can be hereditary, and so some of these parents have recognised their own APD as a result of their children's diagnosis. We have support from members of the Medical Research Council and many leading UK Audiologists, who expressed a preference for a parent led charity.

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is the INVISIBLE Disability, which randomly prevents the sufferers from processing auditory (verbal) information.  Some adult APDs are able to subconsciously develop a Delayed Processing coping strategy, using the long term memory.

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

When APDs 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.

APDs have an Auditory (verbal) Processing Disorder, and text is only verbal code, and so the Auditory Processing Disorder is extended into reading and writing as this Auditory code. There are also many other hidden implications, which are not always apparent even to the sufferer.

There are 4 technically varying models of APD, and Sufferers can be afflicted by any combination of these models of APD. 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 up most importance.

APD is unlikely to be diagnosed until after the age of maturation 7 / 8 years old, as prior to this age many other factors could mirror APD but the child could grow out of them.

In the world of Invisible Disability, the UK has the most narrow and confusing range definitions of many of the universally defined disabilities. Most of these disabilities are best defined by a web site LD Online . Many who suffer from APD in the UK may be currently miss diagnosed as Dyslexic, or ADD or even AdhD. Many will not be aware of the nature of their disability at all, but suffer anonymously and alone

Authors: G.Wadlow & A.Mountjoy
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