About Auditory Processing Disorder

“Auditory processing disorder (APD), also known as central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), is a complex problem affecting about 5% of school-aged children. These kids can’t process the information they hear in the same way as others because their ears and brain don’t fully coordinate. Something adversely affects the way the brain recognizes and interprets sounds, most notably the sounds composing speech.”

From KidsHealth.org

The American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s rundown of Central Auditory Processing Disorders:

“Treatment of APD generally focuses on three primary areas: changing the learning or communication environment, recruiting higher-order skills to help compensate for the disorder, and remediation of the auditory deficit itself. The primary purpose of environmental modifications is to improve access to auditorily presented information. Suggestions may include use of electronic devices that assist listening, teacher-oriented suggestions to improve delivery of information, and other methods of altering the learning environment so that the child with APD can focus his or her attention on the message.”

A link to a presentation Jill Feldbaum gave for the Cherry Hill Public School District:

School down to Auditory Processing Disorders and Language based Learning Disorders and you can download two pdf files of the presentation.

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