Symptoms of auditory processing disorder.
- Is your child struggling with reading or at school?
- Check for signs of auditory processing disorder.
Does Your Child Have Auditory Processing Disorder?
The Symptoms and Effects of APD
At Gemm Learning, we understand that it's important for your child to learn. And if he has APD or CAPD (central auditory processing disorder), learning is a major difficulty. That's why we're here to help.
Early identification of the symptoms of APD is always important. When addressed, language processing difficulties can be overcome to improve reading, focus and other learning skills.
Every parent should review this list of APD symptoms to help determine your child’s pain points:
- Difficulty listening with background noise
- Speech therapy or language delays when young
- Poor auditory attention, drifts off in class
- Difficulty with phonics and speech sound discrimination
- Difficulty with sounding out when reading
- Poor auditory memory
- Often misunderstands what is said, needs information to be repeated
- Poor expressive language skills
- Slow or delayed response to verbal requests and instructions
What Exactly Is CAPD and How Does it Cause Problems?
Scientists are uncovering that auditory processing delays are present in a majority of children with learning difficulties in three categories: reading, learning and language.
Efficient - fast and accurate - auditory processing skills help the clarity and breadth of a child's phonics and vocabulary skills, which are essential to reading. Hearing "cat" as one sound is enough to participate in conversation, but to recognize it in text form requires "phonemic awareness" (phonemes are the smallest components of sound that make up words) or being able to hear the component sounds of cat, i.e., "c-a-t." This opens the door to increased automatic reading and comprehension.
Program for auditory processing reading difficulties
Auditory processing deficits can result in attention deficit disorder, decreased fun in the classroom and an inability to think critically, which is often described as the skill of academic success. As skills are slowly learned, though, the signs of auditory processing disorder change.
In young children the clues are often behavioral: an unwillingness to engage and acting out when asked to listen or read. By middle school the signs of APD are more difficult to detect, but the impact is no less severe. CAPD can undermine learning efficiency at every turn - lower grades, reading reluctance and/or weak reading comprehension, difficulty engaging or keeping up in class - all culminating in homework frustration.
Most parents pick up language-related symptoms first. Obvious difficulty with pronunciation and vocabulary are directly related to APD. Other auditory processing symptoms such as difficulty following directions are sometimes harder to pick up. These language-related issues are often called language processing disorders.
Homework Frustration or Disappointing Grades
As a parent, you might not be aware of an APD until the homework starts to pile up. Or a child knows the material, but doesn't show it in his grades. It's important to act quickly so that your child's skills - and confidence - can move in the right direction.
More Information on Auditory Processing Disorder
The symptoms of auditory processing disorder vary by age.
Several auditory processing skills that are undermined by APD, including auditory discrimination, auditory memory and auditory sequencing. You can learn more about these skills.
Auditory processing skills can be exercised and strengthened. Most children develop these skills naturally, simply by listening to the language around them. Some, however, need more stimulation and practice than occurs in daily life - our program provides that added exercise.
Learn about our APD programs to get help for your child.