Auditory Processing Disorder

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is difficulty processing auditory information in the central nervous system.

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Impact on communication:

 

Children with Auditory Processing Disorder often have difficulty accessing the information presented to them. Your child may have difficulty with reading or spelling, or have some trouble with other topics or subjects that are ‘auditory-reliant’. For example, they might find it hard to listen and process the information that is presented to them in a busy classroom. Some children with APD also have difficulty with social communication – i.e. they might find it difficult to participate and process a conversation with other children.

 

 

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Symptoms:

 

Your child may have difficulty with:

  • Identifying the direction sound is coming from;
  • Difficulty hearing differences in speech sounds; or
  • Difficulty hearing and processing sound with background noise
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Assessment:

 

As sensitised tests are needed for the assessment and diagnosis of Auditory Processing Disorder, we do not assess or diagnose APD. Assessments are conducted by an Audiologist. Following the diagnosis, we can assess the cognitive communication or language difficulties your child may have that are associated with APD.

 

Intervention:

 

Intervention for children with Auditory Processing Disorder is personalised to each child’s strengths and areas of difficulty. We make sure that the therapy tries to mimic real-word listening environments so that your child is more likely to improve in day to day functioning. Our therapy involves auditory training or listening practice, as well as modifications to your child’s listening environment. We also focus on tasks that require listening and presenting information your child may have heard. These tasks involve using language, memory and multitasking skills. The main goal of our APD therapy is to increase your child’s ability to access and use information that they have heard.