Auditory Language Processing Therapy
Children with APD have trouble hearing and interpreting the message. It is different from hearing loss or deafness. Children with APD:
- May have normal hearing
- Do not correctly process or interpret what they hear
- Have trouble hearing the differences between sounds in words. This can happen even when the sounds are clear and loud enough to be heard.
- May have more trouble when in a noisy area
An audiologist evaluates APD. (cincinnatichildrens.org)
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.