Auditory processing disorder and dyslexia.
- Why do these two diagnoses often appear together?
- Does APD cause dyslexia or vice versa?
Auditory Processing Disorder & Dyslexia
Why Do Most Dyslexic Children Have APD Symptoms?
Difficulty following multi-step directions?
Lack of focus at school or doing homework?
Weak reading & comprehension skills, no reading stamina?
Many students come to us with these symptoms ... but with different diagnoses, dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, auditory dyslexia and auditory processing disorder being the most common.
Auditory Processing & Dyslexia
Many parents express frustration that the symptoms of dyslexia appear to be indistinguishable from those that describe an auditory processing disorder (APD). Others try to make a distinction between auditory processing problems and dyslexia on the basis of the commonly held misconception that dyslexia is based primarily on the visual reversal of letters during reading.
In reality, the diagnostic choice is not one or the other. One causes the other.
Many children diagnosed with auditory processing disorder develop dyslexia. This is because for most dyslexic children, their reading difficulty stems from an underlying language processing difficulty. They switch their b's and d's, not because they see them the same, but rather because they hear them the same.
How Auditory Processing Disorder Leads to Dyslexia
Reading is a language skill -- it requires phonological awareness to be able to break words down into individual sounds and then recognize them in text form. Reading also requires vocabulary and other language knowledge.
Children with auditory processing difficulties tend to have weak phonological awareness skills and struggle with language familiarity -- grammar, syntax, vocabulary, articulation -- making them at risk readers, many attracting some kind of dyslexia diagnosis.
How To Help Auditory Processing Disorder & Dyslexia Symptoms
Our recommendation is to start at the source of the problem, by strengthening auditory processing. Gemm Learning uses Fast ForWord software, online with remote oversight. By improving processing efficiency and related working memory and attention skills we expect to:
---- Improve reading fluency
---- Improve reading comprehension, by making decoding efficient
---- Boost language skills, both receptive -- following directions -- and expressive
Our outcomes do vary, but auditory processing disorder and dyslexia are the diagnoses where we have the most success. Fast ForWord software was founded on the idea that: (1) reading is an auditory processing issue, and (2) the brain can be taught to overcome auditory processing disorder and related dyslexia symptoms.
Read more about our auditory processing treatment and goals