AUDITORY PROCESSING Auditory processing is a term used to describe what happens when your brain recognizes and interprets the sounds around you. Humans hear when the 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 of Auditory Processing disorder means that something is adversely affecting the processing or interpretation of the information.
Children with Auditory Processing Disorder often do not recognize subtle differences between sounds in words, even though the sounds themselves are loud and clear. These kinds of problems are more likely to occur when the child with Auditory Processing Disorder is in a noisy environment or when he /she is listening to complex information.
What are the symptoms? 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 directions
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 sequences and have problems developing vocabulary and understanding language)
Have difficulty with reading, comprehension, spelling and vocabulary
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What causes Auditory Processing Difficulties? Human communication relies on taking in complicated perceptual information from the outside world through the senses, such as hearing, and interpreting that information in a meaningful way. Human communication also requires certain mental abilities, such as attention and memory. We still do not understand exactly how all of these processes work and interact. Even though your child seems to "hear normally," he or she may have difficulty using those sounds for speech and language.
Auditory Processing Difficulties may be associated with conditions such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, autism, autism spectrum disorder, specific language impairment, pervasive developmental disorder, or developmental delay. Sometimes this term has been misapplied to children who have no hearing or language disorder but have challenges in learning.
Auditory Processing Disorders require a team of professionals to diagnose and to treat. A teacher, or a day care provider, may be the first person to notice symptoms of Auditory Processing Difficulties in your child. So talking to your child's teacher about school or preschool performance is a good idea.
Much of what will be done by these professionals will be to rule out other problems. A Pediatrician can help rule out possible diseases that can cause some of these same symptoms. He or she will also measure growth and development. To determine whether your child has a hearing function problem, a Hearing Evaluation is necessary. An Audiologist will give tests that can determine the child’s hearing acuity as well as to see how well the child can recognize sounds in words and sentences. A speech-Language Therapist can find out how well the child understands and uses language. All of these professionals seek to provide the best outcome for each child.
Much research is still needed to understand Auditory Processing Difficulties. However, several strategies are available to help children with Auditory Processing Difficulties.