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  • Auditory Processing Disorder

    What is Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)?

    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is the term used to describe an inability to process the meaning of sound and it affects approximately 5% of school-aged children. Rarely is deafness associated with APD as the ears and brain are both, most of the time, perfectly functional, the connections between the ears and brain are just not coordinated enough to process sounds effectively.

    Children with Auditory Processing Disorder may have difficulty 'hearing' but this is due to the inability of the brain to filter and process speech, especially in a noisy environment. Children who have APD often experience what is called 'auditory overload' as their brain is overwhelmed by sounds and has trouble gleaning any useful information from them. Auditory Processing Disorder commonly exacerbates conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, autism, dyslexia, speech and language problems and other learning difficulties, but effective treatment of APD can greatly benefit children with more than one condition.

    How Auditory Processing Disorder could affect your child

    Children who have Auditory Processing Disorder may not be able to distinguish between words and sounds that sound similar (for example 'ka' and 'ta'), may have difficulty with high frequency sounds and may be easily distracted by noises in the background (such as an air conditioner or someone talking in the hallway outside). Affected children may also have poor comprehension skills, especially in a noisy environment, as well as delayed language development and difficulties communicating their desires.

    To process auditory information a child must firstly be able to concentrate to enable listening to occur, then sequence the instructions required and; finally visualise the steps needed for the brain to be able to process and complete the directions accurately. Children with APD often become frustrated and withdrawn as a result of the difficulties they have with communication but it is important to note that they are most likely not wilfully ignoring you.

    How Learning Connections Can Help Children with Auditory Processing Disorders?

    Because auditory processing delays can be caused by a range of different neurological immaturities it is hard for parents to know the best way to treat their child’s problem.

    In our experience there can be multiple factors involved in auditory processing delays or immaturities. Rather than just treating the secondary symptoms, the specific, multi-disciplinary developmental approach we use treats the underlying causes of Auditory Processing Disorders. Learning Connections can assist children with Auditory Processing Disorders to improve:

    • Concentration
    • Attention
    • Memory
    • Learning
    • Self Confidence
    • Assertiveness
    • Task Completion
    • Social Skills

    In order to ensure auditory processing disorder treatment is most effective, Learning Connections performs an extensive assessment of your child in a friendly, one-on-one setting to determine the underlying causes of their auditory difficulties and any other problems they may be having. When we have identified the particular developmental immaturities your child is experiencing, we then provide you with a customised, home-based program that is unique to your child. The program is specifically designed to strengthen the areas your child has most difficulty with and includes not only activities, but also dietary advice.

    You are free to contact us with any questions you have about implementation of the program and we will check back and monitor your child’s progress approximately two months from our initial consultation

    If you would like more information about how we can help your child with their auditory issues or any other problems they may be having, please call or email Us.

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