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- What is auditory processing?
- What causes auditory processing difficulty?
- What are the symptoms of possible auditory processing difficulty?
- How is suspected auditory processing difficulty diagnosed in children?
- What current research is being conducted?
- What treatments are available for auditory processing difficulty?
What causes auditory processing difficulty?
The cause of APD is often unknown. In children, auditory processing difficulty 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.
What are the symptoms of possible auditory processing difficulty?
- 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