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AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDER (APD)/LANGUAGE PROCESSING DISORDER

An auditory processing disorder (APD) may also be referred to as a central auditory processing disorder (CAPD). There are different types of auditory processing disorders, and it is difficult to know whether a child or adolescent has an APD or is struggling due to a language disorder or an attention problem.

Characteristics of an auditory processing disorder include difficulty understanding speech in noisy places, following directions, hearing differences between sounds and words and knowing where sounds are coming from. In the classroom setting, a child with APD may experience problems listening to and remembering information and lengthy directions, tuning out noise from other classmates/environmental sounds or accurately hearing information presented orally.

A team approach is typically used to identify an auditory processing disorder. Evaluation involves hearing testing, speech and language testing, and input from teachers and or psychologist. Children with APD can have trouble in school; accurate diagnosis allows the speech-language professional to address specific areas of weakness through compensatory strategies and classroom modifications.

Language processing disorders are characterized by difficulties in the areas of processing information that is spoken or written. These difficulties may occur in understanding and use of vocabulary, understanding multiple meanings and figurative language, following directions or long instructions, remembering information that is spoken or read, putting thoughts into words and organizing information.

Many children who have had language problems since they were young experience language processing issues as they get older. They may not be able to keep up with the language demands of the curriculum in middle school or high school. Language is a skill needed in school to learn math, history, science, and language arts/English. If not addressed, language processing disorders can lead to higher dropout rates and lower self esteem, especially for teens.

In some cases, children may have a language problem as a result of an accident or illness; a more common cause of this in teens is brain injury.

The professionals at C.C.I.C., Inc. can help individuals improve auditory and language processing skills. Call us to schedule a consultation.

Call our main office central intake number to schedule an appointment. 513-771-7655