Checklist of auditory processing disorder symptoms.
- The signs of auditory processing difficulty vary by age.
- Use these lists to see if your child is at-risk for APD.
Central Auditory Processing Disorder Checklist
Auditory Processing Dysfunction in Children By Age
Many children experience problems with learning and behavior from time to time, but if a child consistently displays difficulties, a starting point would be to consider if auditory processing disorder is responsible.
Central auditory processing disorder symptoms vary by age, making the checklist of signs of auditory processing dysfunction below more helpful than a general list.
Auditory Processing Checklist
Common difficulties include:
• Learning to speak
• Being able to rhyme
• Understanding spoken language
• Separating meaningful sounds from background noise
• Remembering stories or songs
• Staying focused on a person's voice
• Unusual sensitivity to noise
• Confusing similar sounding words
• Slow start to recognizing letter sounds in words (as opposed to alphabet)
You can make accommodations for your pre-K child by keeping directions simple, speaking slowly and finding opportunities to practice rhyming and build vocabulary, thought by many reading specialists to be the best predictors of future reading skills. To learn more about how auditory processing disorders impact language, follow this link:
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Elementary Age Checklist
Common auditory processing problems include:
• Remembering and following spoken directions
• Difficulty with reading, sounding out in early grades or reading comprehension in 3rd grade or higher
• Inattentiveness in class, doing homework or while reading
• Seeming to ignore others when engrossed in a non-speaking activity
• Understanding people who speak quickly or mishearing words of songs on the radio
• Finding the right words to use when talking.
Many aspects of auditory processing dysfunction only surface in elementary school when multi-tasking comes into play, when a child is required to think while listening or reading. If a child has a mild auditory processing disorder, he/she may very well be able to learn to decode as expected, but will run into trouble with reading comprehension which requires decoding the text AND understanding the content.
Auditory processing related reading problems
Teenagers and Adult Checklist
Vocabulary, articulation and conversation skills -- the outward and most common signs of an auditory processing problem -- generally receive vigorous attention from teachers and parents, to the point that they are no longer evident by middle and high school.
This does not always mean however that the auditory processing problems have gone away. Often they have just morphed into different impediments to academic success.
Common difficulties related to auditory processing disorder include:
• Talks louder than necessary
• Reading progress stalls and/or reading reluctance develops
• Disappointing performance in high stakes tests, including handling multiple choice questions
• Remembering a list or sequence
• Often needs words or sentences repeated
• Difficulty memorizing information learned by listening
• Interprets words too literally
If your child has three or more symptoms on this auditory processing disorder checklist, you should consider taking action. Left untreated, auditory processing dysfunction can undermine learning for a lifetime.
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Gemm Learning's Auditory Processing Program
Auditory processing skills are required for listening and learning in class, breaking down words for reading and for building attention skills. Processing efficiency is also necessary for metacognition, the ability to think critically and self-correct while listening or reading.
Our program uses advances in neuroscience to develop all these skills. It helps children with auditory processing delays develop reading and efficiency, allowing metacognition and other higher level thinking skills to develop.
Learn more about our auditory processing treatment