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Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and ADHD

Auditory Process Disorder and ADHD

Sometimes my 8 years old son really surprised me. when I asked him to do A thing, then he replied me with a crystal clear YES and then go directly do B thing! I have to ask him why doing B and then he said he didn’t know.  LIke one time after dinner, he was told to take his dirty plate to kitchen. But he ended up going upstairs with the plates! We have to call him to stop. Similar things happened a lot. We are thinking is it the so called Auditory Process disorder for ADHD kids?

Also he loves reading fiction books. he read day and night and even in outdoor waiting for the summer camp door to open. But when I asked him to tell me what happened in the story, he will be very very frustrated and refused to do that. Any ideas what is going on with him and how can I help.

Thanks a lot!


Hi again Change_ADD!

Your best bet is to have an neuropsychoeducational evaluation done. Your pediatrician can refer you for this.

It’s possible that you are seeing some auditory processing disorder, but that could also simply be ADHD.

Here’s more information on APD and ADHD:

ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 02, 2014 at 12:41am

Thank you!

Posted by Change_Add on Jul 02, 2014 at 7:46am


Mom,  I believe your son is doing too much remembering and not enough memory retrieving,

Here is something you can try.  Take control of the book reading.  Do not allow your son to read another book, until he does a written book report on a book he has already read. Here;s why.  It takes neurotransmitters to imprint working memory into long term memory. Retrieving long term memory returns those neurotransmitter back into the sensory areas where they are needed. Also get out the family photo album. Have your son tell you about as many pictures as he remembers.

Make sure that you and your son get plenty of exercise. Do a walk and talk several times a week if possible.  Exercise is not only good for the body but it also increases those, much needed neurotransmitters.

Also, try to limit TV and video gaming. This causes the same problem as too much reading.

I hope this helps.

Posted by Chet Bush on Dec 11, 2014 at 2:24am

for god’s sake, don’t take the fun out of reading for your child.  i have add, not diagnosed until i was over 40, but i have loved to read my whole life.  i have to read a book many times to remember it in any detail.  if you take the joy out of reading and turn it into a chore, an adhd brain will make it a miserable and nearly impossible endeavor.  let him read without pestering him.

Posted by tc68 on Mar 24, 2015 at 4:30pm

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