Auditory Processing Disorder

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is most simply defined as what the brain does with what the ears hear. This includes several aspects of listening. Common symptoms include:

  • 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

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

During the session, the Therapist will review medical records and previous speech/language and psychoeducational evaluations. The Therapist will conduct a complete speech and language and written evaluation (when indicated). The session will also include a hearing test and auditory processing testing to help determine how the individual interprets, stores and accesses auditory information

After the evaluation, the Therapist will provide preliminary results and a full report that includes recommendations for classroom accommodations and speech therapy recommendations if indicated.