"This 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.


Purchase Like Sound Through Water: A Mother's Journey Through Auditory Processing Disorder


Karen Foli

        Like Sound Through Water
        ISBN: 0-7434-2198-1
        Copyright (c) 2002 Karen J. Foli
        Pocket Books Hardcover

Like 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.

Like 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.


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