What is an Auditory Processing Disorder?

An Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is when the brain has difficulty processing sounds and words accurately and therefore causes an inaccurate interpretation of information. Treatments for Auditory Processing Disorder can start very young, as soon as a child is diagnosed.

Auditory Processing Disorder Treatment and Therapy

Auditory Processing Disorder treatment and therapy programs are tailored to benefit children and young students as they improve their ability to process auditory information. Available therapies target auditory discrimination, auditory memory and auditory integration through motivating and entertaining games.
Specific skills and strategies are taught and practiced for students to apply within the classroom where there is increased background noise.
Children learn ‘how’ to listen more effectively and ‘how’ to learn in a conscious way. If you know a young person who experiences weak auditory and attending skills caused by conditions such as central auditory processing disorders (CAPD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), learning disabilities, Asperger’s Disorder or High-Functioning Autism with identified auditory processing disorders, it is possible they would benefit from this form of therapy.

How is the disorder diagnosed?

If your child is yet to be officially diagnosed with auditory processing difficulties, be rest assured that we work closely with educational psychologists and audiologists who are also trained at diagnosing these difficulties as well.

Common symptoms of Auditory Processing Disorder

Those diagnosed with auditory processing disorder commonly present with some of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Poor listening skills
  • Trouble remembering spoken information
  • Not being able to carry out complex multi-step instructions
  • Delayed response when providing answers
  • Slow time to process information
  • Behavioral difficulties
  • Poor academic performance
  • Difficulty understanding and using language
  • Restricted pre-reading skills such as identifying sounds in words
  • Poor reading and spelling skills

If you have any concerns about your child in relation to the symptoms described, and would like to discuss a possible diagnosis and available Auditory Processing Disorder therapies, contact us for an assessment

Box Hill Speech Pathology offers supportive, child-friendly treatments for Auditory Processing Disorder, contact us today and have a chat with speech pathology specialist Sarah Young.