Auditory Processing Disorders (APD) Evaluations is a learning disability in which an individual hears sounds but cannot process them correctly into words and language. Individuals with APD may have trouble understanding what they hear, acting on it quickly, remembering it for a short or long time, and formulating a verbal response.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), auditory processing is a term used to describe what happens when your brain recognizes and interprets the sounds around you. Humans hear when energy that we recognize as sound travels through the ear and is changed into electrical information that can be interpreted by the brain. The “disorder” part means that something is adversely affecting the processing or interpretation of the information. Children with Auditory Processing Disorders (APD) Evaluations often do not recognize subtle differences between sounds in words, even though the sounds themselves are loud and clear.

The Cons of Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)

Children with auditory processing difficulty typically have normal hearing and intelligence. However, they have also been observed to:

  • Have trouble paying attention to and remembering information presented orally
  • Have problems carrying out multi-step instructions
  • Have poor listening skills
  • Need more time to process information
  • Have low academic performance
  • Have behavior problems
  • Have language difficulty (e.g. they confuse syllable sequence and have problems developing vocabulary and understanding language)
  • Have difficulty with reading, comprehension, spelling, and vocabulary

If you or your child’s teacher suspect your child has processing issues, contact our office for more information about our Maryville Auditory Processing Disorder evaluations or to schedule an appointment.