Living with an Auditory Processing Disorder.
Noisy crowds make me nauseous. I didn't understand until a few years ago when I learned that I have Central Processing Disorders - both visual and auditory. I had ear infections when I was younger, but my hearing was excellent. So, why did my "hearing" go out while I was teaching a 9th grade Physical Science class?
I was talking to a student. I could hear the background noise of the classroom, but I couldn't hear a word he was saying. His lips were moving but I couldn't hear a thing. Since he was a very loud student, I thought I was going deaf... That terrified me and made an appointment with the audiologist right away.
Little did I know that this was the first step to answering why I struggled so much growing up. I did some research and found out that I met the qualifications of having an Auditory Processing Disorder. Through the years, I've worked with students with similar problems. No wonder why they have a difficult time in a noisy classroom!
I started this blog to discuss issues in learning and how to find approaches that work, no matter what flaws we have. My goal is to discuss how the brain processes information and how to adjust the teaching/learning to be more effective.