What is an auditory processing disorder?
Auditory processing disorders (APD) make it difficult to comprehend and understand spoken language. This occurs when the brain is unable to interpret, process or comprehend speech. Those with APD may have difficulty following instructions, filtering out background noises in public places, and recalling information.
Auditory processing is simply what the brain does with the information it hears.
What are the symptoms of auditory processing disorder?
Auditory processing disorder must be diagnosed by a clinical professional because there are several other disorders — such as ADHD or hearing loss — that present similar symptoms.
In general, those with APD demonstrate:
- Difficulty comprehending and following verbal instructions
- Problems with written and oral expression
- Difficulty following written directions
- Difficulty remembering spoken words
- Academic problems, particularly with learning to read
- Memory and recall of information
How is auditory processing disorder treated?
Speech language therapy is vital to ensure children with APD do not fall behind in school. Therapy Works tailors each treatment plan to meet the needs of each individual, and we work with kids to help them distinguish, remember and sequence sounds. This may involve a variety of strategies, including emphasizing key words, giving cues that bring attention to important information, and using words to teach sequencing events. Often studying patterns, not taking, organization, and even classrooms need to be modified to best treat this patient.
We want your child to have success academically and socially. A large part of success is early intervention in order to give them the strategies and modifications they need to achieve. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.