Auditory Processing Disorder

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Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is when a sound is not interpreted properly.  Hearing acuity is typical, but as the sound moves from the ear to the brain there is a distortion or delay which makes comprehension difficult.  APD is not generally considered an attention or communication problem.  Rather, it is a problem channeling sound to the brain and not under one's control.

APD can often appear at a young age where children have difficulty attending to task, maintaining attention in noisy environments or following multi-task directions.  Many children with APD are often misdiagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)  ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) or PDD (Pervasive Development Disorder) which is often a precursor to an autism diagnosis.

APD diagnosis may be obtained via audiological testing by a trained clinician.  This type of testing is not recommended for children under the age of 7 years, however.  A speech-language pathologist may diagnose a listening or comprehension delay and work 1:1 to provide intervention strategies that will help with processing.

 

Symptoms

-Speech therapy or language delays when young

-Poor auditory memory

-Poor auditory attention

-Often misunderstands what is said, needs information to be repeated

-Difficulty listening in the presence of background noise

-Slow or delayed response to verbal requests and instructions

-Difficulty with phonics and speech sound discrimination

-Exhaustion from listening in class

-Reading and/or spelling difficulties

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