What is APD?
Auditory processing is a term for ‘what we do with what we hear’. Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) refers to an inability to make optimal use of what we hear and affects 3%-5% of the population – about one child in every classroom.
Whilst APD is not the result of language, cognitive or related disorders, it may lead to or be associated with difficulties in speech, language, learning and communication skills.
A child with auditory processing difficulties can hear spoken messages, but may not be able to make sense of what they hear. As a result children with APD experience difficulties in the following areas:
- Listening in noisy environments
- Understanding and following instructions
- Remembering information they have heard
- Learning to read, write and spell