Auditory Processing Problems & ADHD, Part 2

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It’s important to realize that inability to follow multiple step instructions is part and parcel of the ADHD child’s or adult’s condition. Therefore, it’s also important to pick your battles; they are not trying to be defiant. Auditory processing problems can easily be construed to be ODD (oppositional defiant disorder).

Parents and teachers often perceive auditory processing problems as defiance, and this can lead to poor relationships. Students will come home to tell their parents, “The teacher doesn’t like me. She’s always yelling at me.” As many parents know, this can ruin the entire school year.

Spouses often get infuriated with their partner when he or she can’t seem to stay involved in conversations. A simple conversation can often turn into a major fight.

Your first priority is to discuss auditory processing problems with the other party. Be prepared with documentation courtesy the internet or your physician. Inform the other party that this is a real problem, and the two of you need to develop strategies to address it.

Strategy number 1: Proximity. Do not start a conversation with your spouse from across the room. Do not have your child seated at the back of the classroom. Do sit down at the table with your spouse and make eye contact. Do have your child’s desk closer to the teacher for auditory clarity and eye contact.

Strategy number 2: Keep it simple. Spouses, parents, and teachers realizing that multiple step instructions are going to be problematic will deliver one instruction/concept at a time while making eye contact. Make certain you are not condescending, but rather simply direct and clear. Wait for it! Wait for it…Deliver your second instruction upon completion of the first.

Strategies to improve auditory processing skills ahead. Stay tuned!