4 Common Difficulties With APD
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Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) can also be referred to as Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD). It influences the ability to do the following:
APD often looks like a hearing issue and this can confuse parents because the issue is not related to hearing, it is how children perceive and process sound. There is no deficit with the ear itself so children can hear perfectly well.
In the classroom teachers will often raise concerns in relation to:
There can be many issues that underlie or contribute to auditory processing issues:
Step 1: You will be asked to complete a history form. This form will ask you as a parent to share your observations related to your child’s auditory processing and there will be a checklist which will include numerous questions about your child’s abilities in the following areas:
Step 2: During the assessment John will review your child’s history form to discuss what assessment he is proposing. Your child can be a part of this process if appropriate, or younger children can relax in the waiting room.
Step 3: After this, John will carry out the assessment with your child where he will consider the following areas:
Step 4: All results will be discussed and explained with parents and your child where appropriate.
Step 5: A support and treatment plan will be discussed.
It is essential to understand that while pure APD can occur there are also often other challenges that children can experience. These range from cognitive skills that support listening comprehension such as concentration and memory through to language skills.
Auditory processing difficulties can also weaken children’s ability to read, spell and write fluently and difficulties in this area should be monitored or investigated.