TIP of the WEEK: Auditory Processing Disorder

Children and adults with PWS who also have auditory processing disorder can appear to be defiant, stubborn, or highly agitated when in actuality they simply cannot process your instructions in a typical time frame.
Here are some ways to help your child succeed:
1.Speak and wait. One step instructions followed by a 20-30 second waiting period.
2. Ask them to repeat. Repeating what you just said in a clear indicator that they heard you. Wait to see if the instruction is followed before continuing.
3. Speak slowly. Children with Auditory Processing Disorder need patience and understanding. Use visual aids if necessary.
4. If what you want them to do is not a choice then don’t phrase it as such. “Do you want to get dressed?” implies an option to not do so. “It is time to get dressed.” is a clearer communication of your wishes.
Try different methods of giving instruction and stick to what works. Remember, eye contact is not necessarily an indication that they are listening or understanding.

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Patrice Carroll is Latham Centers’ world-renowned Prader-Willi Syndrome specialist. She works with Latham Centers’ residents with PWS, their families and consultants, continuously learning and teaching about PWS best practices. 

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