Auditory Processing Disorder

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Auditory processing is a term used to describe what happens when your brain recognizes and interprets the sounds around you. Humans hear when energy that we recognize as sound travels through the ear and is changed into electrical information that can be interpreted by the brain. The "disorder" part of auditory processing disorder means that something is adversely affecting the processing or interpretation of the information. Auditory Processing Disorder is an impaired ability to attend to, discriminate, remember, recognize, or comprehend information presented auditory in individuals who typically exhibit normal intelligence and normal hearing (Keith, 1995). This processing disorder can interfere with speech and language skills and…show more content…
In addition, the details of each component should be deficit specific; that is, they should be developed specifically for the person with Auditory Processing Disorder and the unique circumstances of his or her learning or communicative difficulties and needs (Bellis, 2002, p. 225). The first component of Auditory Processing Disorder management should be to modify the environment in the child's classroom. Children with Auditory Processing Disorder should be seated where they can see the teacher clearly and are away from distractions or noise. An auditory trainer or assistive listening device can be used in the classroom. This will help reduce classroom noise and allow the child to hear the teacher better. Having carpet on the floor, acoustic tiles on the ceilings and minimizing hard wall surfaces will help to reduce the amount of sound bouncing off floors, walls and ceilings. Exercises to improve language-building skills can increase the ability to learn new words and increase a child's language base. Auditory memory enhancement, a procedure that reduces detailed information to a more basic representation, may help. There are many types of therapy activities to use with children with Auditory Processing Disorder. Teachers and speech pathologists use activities that will enhance listening skills in children with and without auditory processing difficulties. Phonological awareness activities focus on speech/sound
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