Auditory Processing Disorder (APD, also known as Central Auditory Processing Disorder or CAPD) is often hard to spot because the symptoms may be similar to other learning difficulties. So how can you tell if your child has this very common learning difficulty?
What are the symptoms of Auditory Processing Disorder?
Usually, students with an Auditory Processing Disorder will forget instructions, misunderstand what has been said, be slow to respond or drift off/tune out. They are intelligent students but may struggle in many subjects because of their listening difficulties, and they usually have trouble getting their thoughts onto paper.
For more information, download the Auditory Processing Difficulties Observation Checklist.
Can anything be done about Auditory Processing Disorder?
There is no “miracle cure” for Auditory Processing Disorder, however like all skills, auditory processing can be improved with practise. The Fast ForWord program is proven to improve auditory processing and change the brain, re-wiring it for listening. Click to find out how Fast ForWord improves auditory processing.
Teachers can also help the student access information in the classroom by repeating instructions, providing visual materials, and checking for understanding. It’s important to understand that these strategies do not improve auditory processing skills but are still an essential part of helping the student reach their potential.
How can I learn more about Auditory Processing Disorder?
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