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auditory processing disorder

Auditory processing disorder, also known as APD, is a disconnect between what you are hearing and how your brain processes those sounds. People with APD hear normally (or will score normally on a hearing test). Though they will struggle to process what they hear in the same way other people do. Children with APD don’t recognize slight differences between sounds in words. Even if the sounds are loud and clear to hear. An example of this difficulty is given below;

 “Mom, what is an alibi?” So I gave her a definition. Her response was, “Oh, I thought it was the song you sing to a baby”

Why Dont my child Hear Me, Clear?

These kinds of problems usually occur when there is background noise, which can be common in social situations and classrooms. Students with APD can have trouble understanding what the next person is saying to them. Especially when they’re in a noisy environment like a playground, sports event, the school cafeteria, and a party.

These problems become more declared when the student is listening to complicated information. This results in speech, language, and academic problems, especially in spelling, reading, writing, and speaking skills.

Types of auditory processing disorder

 Auditory discrimination

They may feel difficulty hearing differences between words or sounds that are similar. for example look/book and ch/sh.

 Auditory figure-ground discrimination

When a child is unable to block out background noise to focus on one speaker; noisy classrooms and free structure/ movement in a classroom would exacerbate this

 Auditory memory

Difficulty in remembering heard or spoken information. This is generally noticed as difficulty with recalling directions or lists; it can likewise be immediate or delayed.

 Auditory sequencing

It is difficult to remember the correct order of sounds and words. For example ‘What is the same in dog and duck’ vs ‘What is the same in duck and dog’.

 Auditory cohesion problems 

Higher-level listening tasks are difficult for them. Such as drawing inferences from conversations, understanding riddles, or comprehending verbal math problems.

Common Issues Associated with auditory processing disorder


Kids with APD may not speak clearly. They may drop the ends of words and syllables that teacher was emphasizing. They might confuse similar sounds (free instead of three) long after their peers have learned to correct themselves.


Students with APD often have trouble developing reading, spelling, and writing mistakes. In the same manner learning vowels, and developing phonemic awareness becomes difficult for them. 


A learner with APD may find it challenging to follow spoken instructions. 


Students with APD are often disorganized and struggle to recall instructions and to-do lists without significant prompting.

 Social Skills: Students with APD have trouble telling stories or jokes. They may avoid conversations with peers. Because it’s hard for them to process the information and think of an appropriate response.

Testing auditory processing disorder In Children

To diagnose a child suffering from APD, an audiologist monitors the child in a specially designed sound-treated room. That requires respondents to listen to variations of sounds. They are asked to respond by taking different actions.

What Causes APD in adult?

Listed below are some possible reasons, that can cause auditory processing disorder in adults.

  • Ear infections.
  • Meningitis.
  • Lead poisoning.
  • Premature birth.
  • Head Injury
  • Nervous System disease.

In a nutshell, there could be many possible reasons. The child must be tackled very carefully by team of experts. In case the parent want to fix the problem.

Our Professional Services for students with auditory processing disorder

  •  Delivering direct instruction phonics and reading programs using Orton-Gillingham techniques.
  • We additionally use multisensory delivery, specifically visual and kinesthetic prompts to support understanding of classroom topics without relying on verbal instructions.
  •  Providing support to students with APD for understanding and organizing language-based information, including charts, graphic organizers, visuals, note-taking supports, and assistive technology.
  •  Teaching students to look for non-verbal cues.

If your child is showing any of such signs. Don’t Wait to Hire an Expert APD Therapist. Get Started with Auditory Processing Disorder Support Today!