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Auditory Processing Disorder

What is Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)?

Common Symptoms of APD Include:

Auditory processing is most simply defined as what the brain does with what the ears hear. This includes several aspects of listening.
  • Difficulty following auditory directions
  • Poor listening in noisy situations
  • Delays in responding to others
  • Misunderstands what is said
  • Frequently says “huh” or “what”
  • Difficulty following conversations in groups
  • Organizational problems
  • Social skill deficits

Common Academic Problems with APD:

  • Reading problems
  • Difficulty with divided attention tasks, such as note-taking
  • Difficulty making inferences
  • Difficulty copying from the board
  • Poor spelling
  • Poor attention to verbal stimuli


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Kid Speech
Kids Health
LD Online
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Schwab Learning

What Can I Expect During a Session with a Speech Pathologist?


  • Review of medical records
  • Review of previous speech/language and psychoeducational evaluations
  • A complete speech and language evaluation
  • Assessment of written language, when indicated
  • A standard hearing evaluation
  • Auditory processing testing to help determine how the individual interprets, stores and accesses auditory information


After the evaluation, you will meet with a Team Member to be given preliminary results and a full report will follow.

Recommendations will be made regarding classroom accommodations and speech therapy recommendations.

Download APD Questionnaire