It’s common to have to call our child multiple times before they respond, especially if they’re in the middle of their favourite video game. This is typical to a certain extent, but how do you know when there is a problem?
To start to understand what auditory processing disorder (APD) is, it’s essential to understand the basics: the difference between hearing and listening.
Hearing occurs when a child’s ear collects the sound (sound waves) from the air, and it travels into your brain.
Listening occurs when a child attends or focuses on what they are hearing.
Auditory processing occurs when they process, modulate, filter and respond appropriately to what they are listening to. It’s “what we do with what we hear”. Processing information is the most complex part of the whole processing and is most effortful.
A child can have perfect hearing – they can hear a pin drop. However, at the same time, they may have challenges processing what they hear (auditory processing).
If this is the case, it can affect a child’s ability to learn, socialise, grow, and explore. There are other things that affect a child’s ability to process auditory information. The child also needs to have a good short term or ‘working’ memory, and an ability to focus and attend.
Some of the following checklist items are common amongst children with Auditory Processing Disorder:
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