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Auditory processing disorder (APD) is a central auditory processing disorder (CAPD). As usual, it refers to the brain’s recognition and interpretation of both speech and non-speech sounds. An auditory processing disorder (APD) occurs when processing or interpretation of information is affected. Children with APD typically have normal hearing, but often do not recognize subtle differences between sounds in words. As a result, making it difficult to process verbal information and filter out background noise.

Signs and Symptoms

  • poor listening skills
  • problems differentiating similar-sounding speech sounds
  • difficulty paying attention to and remembering information
  • trouble following multi-step directions
  • difficulty listening in noise
  • more time needed to process information
  • poor organization of verbal material
  • trouble with reading, comprehension, spelling and vocabulary
  • low academic performance

Auditory Processing Treatment

You need to know that auditory processing disorder is either developmental or acquired. It may result from ear infections, head injuries or neurodevelopmental delays that affect processing of auditory information. This can include problems with: sound localization and lateralization. It can also reflect auditory discrimination, auditory pattern recognition. Temporal aspects of audition is including temporal integration, temporal discrimination, temporal ordering, and temporal masking. It also reflects auditory performance in competing acoustic signals 

Treatment, addressed by a speech-language pathologist, focuses on strengthening language, problem-solving, memory, attention and other cognitive and language skills training to help overcome the disorder. In conclusion, auditory processing treatment includes specific needs of the child.

As COVID-19 continues to challenge us, we at SpeechLink are ready to support you with all your speech needs. We missed all our clients, and now we are ready to slowly get back to seeing you in person with new rules and regulations regarding COVID-19. We hope that we can work together to keep us all safe and to be able to provide the best quality service. 

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