Auditory Processing Disorder

884 WordsFeb 4, 20184 Pages
Auditory processing disorder (APD) is a general diagnoses for disorders related to the brains inability to process auditory information correctly. Children with APD have normal development of their outer, middle, and inner ear. Thus, the hearing in the child is satisfactory. However the disability is in the brains lack of ability to understanding and decoding sounds, specifically sounds which compose speech. Children with APD have trouble processing the sounds heard into letters and words. Many children may hear fewer words which were really spoken, giving them the impression that the sounds heard are foreign and unfamiliar. On the other hand, some children with APD may actually hear the words being said however they can’t connect the words to their meaning. Children with APD develop a second nature to lip read and follow facial cues to compensate for their lack of understanding spoken language. Yet when speaking on the telephone these factors are not present, creating a difficult task for children with this disability. Children with APD will have difficulties learning in a regular education classroom due to various factors. Loud noises cause the sounds being heard to sound distorted or like nonsensable words, therefore a distraction-free environment is imperative. This many rest in having the teacher and the child wear an electronic mike which will send the teachers speech straight to the child’s ear, bypassing surrounding noises. Additionally, the attention span for
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