What is an Auditory Processing Disorder?
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) and Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) is a debilitating condition that affects approximately 5% of school aged children. These children have difficulty processing and interpreting the information sent from the ears to the brain. A normal hearing test will not detect a problem, but parents usually pick up that things are not quite right.
Children with APD have difficulty distinguishing subtle differences in sounds, they have difficulties understanding or hearing when there is background noise, if you call them when they are in a different room they often don`t answer, and you often have to leave larger pauses in conversation to give the child time to process what you are saying and devise an answer.
APD is debilitating as it makes it difficult for the child to hear the teacher in class, to pick up on social cues, to follow instructions, to learn to read, and to converse with friends. Children are often thought by teachers to be lazy or naughty. The children are often intelligent and motivated but unable to keep up with the information processing required and fail to hear much of what is said to them, especially in a noisy classroom.
Can Auditory Processing Disorder be Treated?
Yes, Therapy 4 Learning offers a variety of treatments for auditory processing difficulties including integrated listening therapy and Fast For Words training.
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