A FYI if you move and/or talk to the school districts....Some medical fields (and insurance) will not evaluate APD until age 7+ due to developmental growth and/or other co-existing factors that can occur.
You probably could get a 504 for APD accommodations with medical notice of need. Ask whomever did the evaluation.
Not saying that your DS doesnt have APD if he is under 7--, if you suspect it and he has been evaluated for it and found that it is likely-- it is very likely! just tossing out what I've been told by two Childrens Hospitals and several Speech/Lang Therapists. Our insurance also would not cover it until age 7 and the schools did not evaluate for it all!!
I have an 8 yr old DD- will be 4th grade in Fall. We suspected APD for a long time, but no one would eval until age 7. Her teachers (preschool- 3rd) all stated that anything auditory was hard for her even though she was very bright. DD has developed coping skills and is a very fluent reader (many kids w/ APD are not due to processing the sounds differently than standard). She is a dreamer and often can be in her own world a lot. She has a great memory! She excels at school academically and uses a lot of visual cues to compensate (watching other to see what directions were). She is very visual spacial with strengths in math, spelling, reading, and lego/building/puzzles,etc. AT 4-6, it was much more obvious and school asked ' Have you had her hearing checked?" each year. Now that she is older, she has really learned to adapt well.......that said she can not process anything in a noisy environment, makes poor eye contact when speaking, says "What?" a lot, takes time to respond to oral questions/directions, has poor auditory memory, and is VERY sensitive to sounds (lawn mowers, blenders, suspenseful music,etc). She also has some autism-like traits and had a PDD_NOS label from 2-6, but no longer would qualify since she has developed so many coping skills and/or has good communication.
The APD tools we put in to place that have helped are:
* have her repeat oral directions (and keep them shorter)
* use close captioning at school so she can read the 'speech/sound' vs trying to process audio & visual
* kept background noise to a minimum (no TV on unless we are watching it!)
* physically touch her to get her attention in noisy settings instead of calling her name
*gave her wait time to respond to oral questions
*used noise canceling headphones in noisy settings
*Done Auditory therapy 2 x when younger (Therapudic Listening) through an OT
*Visual cues (vs audio) such as lists, signs, etc to help her stay organized.
*Sit near a speaker and/or practice good listening skills (taking turns speaking, face the speaker, ask questions afterward, etc)
Other options we have tossed around but not used:
*FM unit at school to help clarify what she should focus on soundwise
* Language therapy- she struggles w/ idioms & other non-literal language
She is also allowed to excuse herself from movies/music/sounds that are bothering or 'hurting' her ears-- with the exception of fire drills/emergency! She is pretty good about doing this recently and it is a great self-advocacy tool.
Hope this helps!