Auditory Processing Disorders (APD) covered by IDEA?

Discussion in 'Special Ed 101' started by Ktllc, May 3, 2012.

  1. Ktllc

    Ktllc New Member

    That was the question the audiologist asked me yesterday. I told her I did not have an answer. All I could tell her is that V does NOT have an IEP as of right now. I tried to do some internet research and could not come up with anything.
    I also know that the school district told me the other day that, in our area, Auditory Processing Disorders (APD) was not recognized as a stand alone disability which would require school intervention.
    But IDEA is on the federal level, so I really don't know.
    Any idea?
    (the question relates to getting a personal FM system covered/paid for for V's use at home and across the community. This way we won't have to depend on the school, although the school is opened to a trial period.)
  2. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    I would think since it is an actual processing disability it should be covered. Anyone who needs accomodations should get them, or a reasonable facsimile thereof...
  3. keista

    keista New Member

    I'm confused. If the school is going to trial the fm system, then it sounds as if it is covered by IDEA. Accomodations under IDEA are only for school use, though. Such equipment still belongs to the school/district. To get the equipment for home use, you need to go through insurance company.
  4. Ktllc

    Ktllc New Member

    "I'm confused" LOL So am I!!!
    I had call audiologist so she would try to file with insurance (state insurance) and get FM covered for V. The idea is to have the system for personnal use (not just school). And she went on and on and on telling me it *might* not be covered as it is on a case to case basis.
    I finally told her to please just try and we'll see what happens.
    Then she calls me back and ask about IDEA...
    So I got confused and wondered if I was missing something... She even called Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) and asked him the same question. Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) is private and he really did not know what to tell her or what she was trying to figure out.
  5. keista

    keista New Member

    OK, sounds like audiologist wasn't going to get it through insurance so then was asking about IDEA to get it through the school (for at least school hours) but not knowing that you already were going to get the trial through the school already.

    If that assessment is correct, then you may be better off waiting for the school trial. If it works, then that is evidence to submit to the insurance company that he needs it and it is helpful, but that through school is only for school and he needs one full time.
  6. JJJ

    JJJ Active Member

    "Labels" aren't covered by IDEA. While some seem like no brainers (downs, cp), it is areas of disability that interfere with s child's ability to access their education that are covered.

    I would guess that his Auditory Processing Disorders (APD) is interfering with school. Have you already tried for an IEP?
  7. buddy

    buddy New Member

    Our home district doesn't want the liablity of using home equipment (not the new district though) hearing aids/fm systems are provided by the district and the kids can use them 24/7.

    The law provides that if the child needs assistive technology it can be used at home because school work and related school activities happen outside of school time. For example, kids who need some kind of electronic communication system (push the buttons, says the sentence or words) that goes with the child everywhere when enrolled in the school. Same for writing technology etc. But of course it depends on the district how they are going to interpret this etc.

    Your district sounds willing to provide accommodations almost like you would need to fora 504 plan, they are just doing it based on his having health concerns that can affect his school performance. It may not be practical for him (at his age) to have it at home. You can probably make sure that when you give him directions things are quiet, you are facing him, you talk slower, your voice is of an adequate volume, you double check to see if he understood etc., just as easy

    OK, here is a route you might try when you hit that point (presuming they hold off on the global diagnosis).... Auditory Processing Disorders (APD) falls under Learning Disabilities. Now, the IDEA category of SLD (specific learning disabilities) has specific criteria he will not at this time qualify for (based on your testing results)....BUT one could make an argument for OHI (other health impairment). Until he qualifies for an IEP, what about a 504 (never stop pushing for the IEP but at least you will have things officially on paper and some schools do very well with 504 plans, some clearly do not....given your district is offering an accommodation even without one maybe they would be good with it?, you could put in accommodations like being able to take a break if overwhelmed, having preferential seating, making sure the teacher is facing him not facing the white board or smart board or whatever they use, using visual schedules, task boards like you have at home etc.... along with the FM system if it works out)...just a thought at this point, what do you have to lose? In the end it formally gives documentation that there have been accommodations tried already and this is sometimes required by schools in the IEP process...they ahve to show X number of strategies tried through the general education setting before consideration of an IEP. THis worked beautifully for my sister, my nephew had a 504 plan and even though they didn't do well with it, they couldn't ADMIT that so she was able to say in her evaluation request that many strategies had been tried for a full year as per the district 504 plan etc... and he is at the end of an assessment already), whether he qualifies we dont know but it sure did help push things along.

    I can't wait till you get through that waiting list for the private assessment you said you are waiting for. I am really hoping he will get a medical diagnosis of some kind, since your school is not seeing the symptoms to qualify him educationally (I am spoiled working in school districts with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) teams that include university professors who teach for autism certificates, we often identified kids long before and even against findings of medical teams since medical diagnosis is not part of the criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) educational label---sure can help though!)

    Anyway, at this point, what can you do but push for every accommodation you know he will be need and who knows, he may be one of those kids where the early, more visual and structured years meet his learning style and if that ever changes you will be on top of it because you have heard the stories and know the deal!

    Wow, this post is all over the place...sorry I have had two phone calls already this morning....hope it makes a little sense.

    (not sure this helps but kind of what I was thinking....) from writeslaw...
    Last edited: May 3, 2012
  8. Ktllc

    Ktllc New Member

    Thanks so much everyone, it does clarify things a lot. I remember in college I had wrote a paper about the importance of learning through out life. I can't believe how much you guys are teaching me! :)
  9. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    Auditory Processing Disorders (APD) and VisualPD was covered under Learning Disabled for my daughter.