"Angela is patient and consistent and FUN. She took my little man at age 7 under her wing at a time his school and teacher, with 50 years of experience, (yes 50) had no idea what to do with him. He is 16, taking honors classes and talking about being a doctor, lawyer and so many other professional careers! I never would have thought a possibility. He is a mentor in his school! She gave him options taught his strategies and allowed him to set his bar high! Yes, I highly recommend Auditory Processing Network!!
Mariah Richter Carlgren
"My son was diagnosed by Angela with severe APD in second grade while she was practicing in Kansas.(…) Not only did she work with him on techniques but she was our “rock” as parents when trying to understand APD. To this day, everything she taught him he uses. I know, even from Kansas, if he needs anything, she is just a message away! Thank you Angela for everything you do. You are an angel.
"Angela is the most genuine person I have ever met. She helped me climb out of the big black hole of very rapid and scarey hearing loss. When I had hearing aids she was amazing but now with a Cochlear Implant she is my angel. Although I have my hearing back I lost my confidence. Angela has been helping me get it back with a series of one on one lessons. Thanks to Angela I am back.......she definitely knows her stuff and how to explain things to people....plus she listens...which is the best."
Frequently asked questions
What is APD?
Auditory processing disorder is a generic term for hearing disorders that result from atypical processing of auditory information in the brain. Auditory processing disorder is characterised by persistent limitations in the performance of auditory activities and has significant consequences for participation. Reference: NZ APD Guidelines 2019 and Canadian Guidelines (CISG, 2012). The Buffalo Model definition of APD is, "what we do with what we hear." It is how efficiently and effectively people process what they hear. Our notion is that APD refers to rather basic functions of the central nervous system (CNS), but we recognize that any behavioral speech test or therapeutic procedure requires some language and cognitive knowledge. There is no clear line between where auditory processing ends and where language or higher cognitive functions begin. We do believe that understanding speech in quiet as well as in noise, dichotic listening, short-term/working auditory memory, sequencing, and sound localization are among the many functions that are heavily dependent upon auditory processing skills. We feel particularly confident in this, in part, because such difficulties respond so well to basic auditory therapies. Reference: https://www.audiologyonline.com/articles/apd-evaluation-to-therapy-buffalo-945
How many people and what percentage of people have APD?
The prevalence of APD in children has been estimated at 2-7% in US and UK populations (Chermak & Musiek, 2007; Bamiou et al., 2001). Musiek, Gollegly, Lamb, & Lamb (1990) estimate that 3-7% of school-aged children have learning disabilities, and that a major portion of this number would also have APD. Brewer et al. (2016) state that APD prevalence in children may be approximately 10% taking into account comorbidity with other developmental disorders with which APD occurs.
What is it like to experience APD?
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) can be confusing to understand. The best way to explain it is this: our five senses are touching, smelling, hearing, seeing, and tasting. All of my five senses work just fine. APD does have the “auditory” in it, which has to do with hearing. The processing part is my brain. My brain and ears don’t work well together, and my brain doesn’t process all the gazillion things I hear correctly. It’s like if someone is half sleeping. They can hear fine, but their brain isn’t fully on. That’s what I deal with on a daily basis, but use strategies to be successful and get around this day to day battle. “What does Mrs. Jones mean we will be bent tomorrow?” I thought to myself. “I don’t get it?” I asked my friend.“We are presenting tomorrow?” she responded, laughing as she walked away after the bell.