I am one of the few professionals who has specialised in the area of psychosocial outcomes of conductive hearing loss and auditory processing problems, I have long become used to the profound absence of literature to inform families of children with APD. So what a delightful surprise it is to read this book. It is a bright star of information in an otherwise dark sky of ignorance. I believe it will become an essential resource to inform, guide and bolster resilience. Resilience that is, unfortunately, too often needed in the face of poorly informed professionals and community. As Alyson points out APD is more common but less identified than autism. As an unknown condition many ill-founded and damaging judgments are often made that do enormous harm. Children and adults are commonly seen as stupid, unmotivated or oppositional. These kinds of persistent judgements can easily be internalised promoting high anxiety, low self-esteem and self-protective but opportunity limiting avoidance. Identification and understanding is the antidote to these kinds of damaging judgements. This book can help prevent the unintentional harm so often done by such judgements. It is a book that will change many lives for the better. I commend it to you.
Damien Howard PhD, educationalist and psychologist, Darwin, Australia