Auditory Processing Intervention

Who do we help?

Auditory Processing Disorders (APD) is also referred to as Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD). APD is a difficulty in the brain to use auditory information. This is different from dieorders that affect children’s ability to understand auditory information. For example, some children with autism are poor listeners and have difficulty understanding verbal information. However, it is the attentional difficulty that affects their ability to listen not a specific auditory dysfunction.

Children with APD may have difficulty:

  • Understanding speech in noisy environments
  • Following directions
  • Telling the difference between different speech sounds
  • Often asking for repetition or clarification

How do we help?

We are part of a multidisciplinary team that helps to evaluate the problems that children with APD can have. A formal language test may be used to rule out language problems. The actual diagnosis of APD must be made by an audiologist and most of these tests of APD require that a child be at least 7 or 8 years of age.

Treatment of APD generally focuses on three primary areas:

  • Modifying the environment
  • Using cognitive or other higher-order skills to help compensate for the problems
  • Working on the auditory deficit itself

We work to strengthen your child’s central skills such as language, problem-solving, attention, to support their auditory deficits. Direct treatment includes a variety of listening activities to help your child improve their listening skills. With appropriate intervention, all children with APD can learn to become active participants in their own listening, learning, and communication success.