Auditory Processing Disorder
Auditory processing disorder (APD), also known as central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), is a hearing problem that affects about 5% of school-aged children.
Kids with this condition can't process what they hear in the same way other kids do because their ears and brain don't fully coordinate. Something interferes with the way the brain recognizes and interprets sounds, especially speech.
With the right therapy, kids with APD can be successful in school and life. Early diagnosis is important, because when the condition isn't caught and treated early, a child can have speech and language delays or problems learning in school. At North-East speech pathology we can provide the therapy that is required for a child with APD once they have been formally diagnosed by an audiologist. Our clinicians determine the specific areas that are being affected by the APD through consultation with the audiologist and/or via information taken from the audiology report. Therapy is then designed to treat the identified area, with treatment often teaching the child coping and self-management strategies, along with working closely your child’s teacher about how the environment may be adapted to maximize your child’s issues in the context of the classroom environment.