Things To Know About Auditory Processing Disorder


Auditory Processing Disorder is an intricate problem found in school going children. Kids suffering from Auditory Processing Disorder exhibit a lack of coordination between their ear and brain. As a result, they have difficult processing the information which they hear. Since most knowledge acquired by us is through hearing, these kids find learning somewhat difficult.

The Causes of APD
APD can be a result of factors such as ear infection, lead poisoning and head trauma. On some occasions, it is difficult to know the real cause. It is important to get a proper diagnosis done as there are multiple causes behind APD.

How Can You Know Your Child Is Suffering From This Disorder
Kids suffering from Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) are able to distinguish between sounds of different tones in a very quiet room. However, they lose this ability to distinguish when subjected to real time listening environment (one in which the level of background noise is the same as we hear daily).

This criterion is not the sole basis for determining whether a child suffers from APD, since the child still has a developed sense of hearing. Kids suspected to be suffering from APD are tested for their auditory processing skills. APD is not confirmed unless it is observed that the brain of a child can not fully process the audible signals received.

Symptoms Indicating APD
The symptoms of APD can take on different forms. The intensity of these symptoms also varies. The following indicate if your child is suffering from APD or not:

* Noisy environment easily upsetting your child.
* The child getting easily distracted by loud noise.
* Inability of the child to follow both simple as well as complex verbal instructions.
* When it is difficult for the child to follow conversations.
* When the child has difficulty in reading, writing, spelling, or has other forms of speech-language difficulties.

It is a common misconception that a speech-language pathologist can accurately diagnose these symptoms. However, in reality, these symptoms are diagnosed best by an audiologist (a hearing specialist). Further, some of these symptoms occur only around the age of 8 or 9.

Impact of Delay in Identifying APD
Delay in identifying and managing APD can adversely affect the child's capability to acquire speech and language skills. There would be an inadvertent delay in learning these skills and this can have a significant impact on the academic capabilities of these kids.

How to Assist a Child Suffering from APD?
A child suffering from APD can be helped in the following ways:

* By reducing the background noise both at home and in school.
* By increasing your volume and by lowering your rate of speaking.
* By maintaining a constant eye-contact with the child while conversing.
* By speaking sentences simple to understand.

Disability Benefits for Auditory Processing Disorder
While Auditory Processing Disorder might hamper the learning capabilities of an individual, there are many jobs in the industry which require repeated execution of a set of instructions. Hence, there are chances of individuals with APD getting employment. This means that they do not need any disability benefits.