What is Auditory Processing Disorder?
Auditory processing refers to what we do with the messages we hear. An auditory processing disorder occurs due to an auditory deficit that is not the result of other cognitive, language, or related disorders. However, children with an auditory processing disorder may also experience other difficulties in the central nervous system, including learning disabilities, speech-language disorders, and other developmental disorders. Auditory processing disorder may also co-exist with other diagnoses, such as ADHD or Autism.
10 Signs of Auditory Processing Disorder
- Difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments
- Inability to consistently and accurately follow verbal directions
- Difficulty discriminating between similar-sounding speech sounds (i.e., /d/ versus /t/)
- Frequently asking for repetition or clarification of verbally presented information
- Poor performance with spelling or understanding verbally presented information
- Child typically performs better on tasks that don’t require or rely on listening
- Child may not speak clearly and may drop ends of words or syllables that aren’t emphasized
- Difficulty telling stories and jokes; the child may avoid conversations with peers because it’s hard for them to process what’s being said and think of an appropriate response
- Easily distracted or unusually bothered by loud or sudden noises
- Child’s behavior and performance improve in quieter settings
How is Auditory Processing Disorder Diagnosed?
An initial diagnosis of auditory processing disorder is made following a comprehensive audiological evaluation, which is completed by a licensed and ASHA accredited audiologist. Following the diagnosis, the speech-language pathologists at NSPT work closely with the audiologist and collaborate on an ongoing basis. Children with an auditory processing disorder benefit from working closely with both speech-language pathologists, as well as occupational therapists. Professionals at NSPT can collaborate with teachers and other professionals to provide recommendations to help set up a successful learning environment for your child. Therapy will include activities to increase auditory closure skills, vocabulary building, discrimination skills, grammatical rules, and auditory perceptual training.
Bellis, Teri James. Understanding Auditory Processing Disorders in Children. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Retrieved from http://www.asha.org.
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