National Foundation for the Deaf Slams Minister of Education’s Statement on APD

Monday, April 23, 2012

Most educators believe that literacy is affected by not hearing properly. An abundance of literature and experience confirms that children who can’t hear properly need special help with language and reading, but Minister Tolley denies a causal link if the hearing impairment is due to auditory processing disorder (APD), saying such a relationship has not been demonstrated. Read More

Hearing Disorder Makes School a Struggle

Thursday, April 19, 2012

At least one child in every New Zealand classroom is believed to have a hearing problem that can seriously affect their ability to learn. Read More

Hidden Learning Disability Affecting Kiwi Kids

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

There is at least one child per classroom in New Zealand struggling with auditory processing difficulties and many teachers and parents are not aware of the serious impact this could have on a child’s learning. Read More

Deaf Member of Parliament speaks out on APD

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mojo Mathers, New Zealand’s first deaf MP, has told the Kāpiti Independent that some children with a hearing disability are being discriminated against by Government. Read More

Does Your Child Have Auditory Processing Disorder?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

If your child appears to have trouble learning and seems to be “away with the fairies” they could have a hearing problem. Read More

Hearing Impairment - The Profile: APD

Saturday, April 07, 2012

You’re eight years of age. In the classroom, you can hear what the teacher and students are saying but you struggle to understand them. By the time you’ve deciphered the speech the discussion has moved on.  Read More

Bullies Target Hearing-Impaired

Monday, April 02, 2012

Reports to the NFD office from people with a Hearing Impairment or Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) who are being bullied are a matter of increasing concern.  Read More

Alexia Strides Ahead

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

As a pre-schooler Alexia Grace was quiet, withdrawn and not keen to join in. When she started school, she often missed what children were saying in the playground and forming friendships became difficult. She missed what the teacher was saying in the classroom and soon started to slip behind in her work. Alexia’s mother, Anne-Marie, said there were lots of tears and tantrums of frustration at home and that as a result of all the communication difficulties, at the age of seven, Alexia developed an anxiety disorder. Read More

Children, Are You Listening?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sometimes parents worry that their children aren’t coping at school, or their results just don’t seem to match their potential. For some kids, Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) could be the problem, and the earlier you identify it, the better. Read More

Audio simulation of APD in SoundSkills radio advertisement

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

SoundSkills’ new radio ad includes a simulation of what it might sound like to have APD. The start of the sentence is clear but then the sounds become jumbled and fragmented. Read More