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Students with auditory processing disorder (APD) can’t process the information they hear in the same way as others because their ears and brain don’t fully coordinate.
Kids with APD often have difficulty recognizing subtle differences between sounds in spoken words, even when the sounds are loud and clear enough to be heard. This usually happens when there’s background noise, like in a typical classroom. In addition, loud or sudden noises can easily distract or bother students with APD.
Kids with APD, which is also known as central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), have normal hearing. APD may be confused with certain learning disabilities or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), though it is also possible to have APD as well as language impairments, learning disabilities, or ADHD.
Five main problem areas can affect students with APD:
If the auditory deficits aren’t identified and managed, many students with APD will face academic challenges.
Students with APD can benefit from working with a speech and language therapist, in addition to getting regular evaluations by audiologists.
It’s important to understand that APD is an auditory issue and not a cognitive, speech, or language disorder. Your student may feel embarrassed to let you know he or she did not understand what you said or directions you gave.
Speaking clearly, making sure students with APD write down the assignments, and helping them stay organized may ease their frustration and boost their self-esteem in the classroom.
Teachers also can help students with APD by:
Kids with APD can’t process what they hear as other kids do, because their ears and brain don’t fully coordinate. But early diagnosis and therapy can improve their hearing skills.
Knowing what’s “normal” and what’s not in speech and language development can help you figure out if you should be concerned or if your child is right on schedule.
Do you know someone who stutters or has another speech disorder? Find out how speech disorders are treated, how you can help a friend or classmate cope, and lots more.
Working with a certified speech-language pathologist can help a child with speech or language difficulties.
If your child has special needs in the classroom, he or she may be eligible for a government-supported learning plan.
Some kids may be eligible for individualized education programs in public schools, free of charge. Understanding how to access these services can help you be an effective advocate for your child.
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Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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