book will teach you what you need to know about APD. But it will
do so much more than that. It will give you hope."
Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.
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Water: A Mother's Journey Through Auditory Processing Disorder
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Copyright (c) 2002
Karen J. Foli
Pocket Books Hardcover
Sound Through Water:
A Mother’s Journey Through Auditory Processing Disorder
At once informative and moving, this ultimately inspiring memoir recounts
one mother’s experiences with auditory processing disorder, the aural
equivalent to dyslexia that afflicts millions of children worldwide –
including the author’s son.
“A mother knows when something is wrong with her child.”
Ben was a bright, happy little boy. But he had yet to begin talking when
his third birthday passed. His mother could see that her child was frustrated
by his inability to communicate – Ben didn’t seem to comprehend the simplest
things said to him – yet she also believed that he was an intelligent
child with normal feelings and a sense of humor. When Karen Foli took
her son for tests, the ensuing diagnosis chilled her: Ben, functioning
at a toddler’s level, was “probably retarded and perhaps autistic.”
Ben has auditory processing disorder (APD), which distorts sounds and
renders them incomprehensible to the listener. An estimated four million
children in the United States alone suffer from APD – but because it mimics
the symptoms of retardation and ADD, most are incorrectly diagnosed.
Sound Through Water is the impassioned account of a mother’s wrenching
frustration with the misdiagnoses that impeded her struggle to help her
son learn the most basic of all skills: to communicate with the world.