Auditory Processing Disorders

Auditory & Language Processing Disorders (APD) appear in many forms and are not uncommon. Approximately 2 to 7 percent of children have APD, with boys considered to be twice as likely to have some type of auditory disorder.

Auditory processing disorders can affect kids in how they speak, learn, and live. There is a lot of information that needs processing in everyday life and living with this hardship makes it difficult for an individual to adequately understand what’s happening in his environment.

For example, the way the words are processed may not make sense to a child with APD. The sentence, “Tell me how the chair and the couch are alike” might sound to them like you were saying, “Tell me how a cow and hair are like.”

The good news is that they are treatable and manageable. Children who go through the right speech therapy services will develop the confidence, social skills and life skills to get them through school and childhood.

Other signs of an auditory processing disorder include:

  • Difficulty hearing speech in noise
  • Discriminating similar sounding words
  • Saying “what?” frequently causing you to repeat what you said
  • Trouble following multi-step directions
  • Difficulty finding the direction of a sound
  • Memory, reading or academic issues
  • Easily distracted by noise

An audiologist will be able to properly identify whether your child has APD. From there, The Speech & Language Centers of Excellence will provide an evidence-based speech and language treatment plan to empower your child to achieve his or her goals.

The earlier we can identify and begin treating the APD, the earlier your child will have the opportunity to speak well, learn well, and live well. Let us help your child reach his or her fullest potential!