Auditory Processing refers to the means by which we make sense of what we hear. 'Auditory Processing Disorders' are disorders in which people do not process the infromation they hear in the same way that others do. They may indeed have normal hearing, but they have difficulty understanding auditory information. This may be apparent by difficulty understanding speech in the presence of noise, problems following multi-step directions, and difficulty with phonics or reading comprehension, among other things.
Auditory Processing plays a critical role in a child's ability to learn. If you suspect your child is struggling we recommend that they undergo a series of tests designed to diagnose their particular problem. Often children with APD are seen as having language, learning and/or attention difficulties instead of a simple hearing problem. Our Audiologist will do a thorough assessment which may include a consultation with a speech language pathologist who can determine if any of your child's difficulties are related to language processing. Individualized remediation programs are available to help strengthen auditory processing skills in diagnosed children and adults. A comprehensive educational report will then be provided so that you can take this to your child's school for implementation.
If you would like further information about APD please call us at 717-271-7019