Checklist of auditory processing disorder symptoms.
- Auditory processing problems vary by age.
- Find out if your child is at-risk for APD.
Central Auditory Processing Disorder Checklist
Auditory Processing Problems in Children By Age
Many children experience occasional learning and behavior issues. However, if a child displays difficulties consistently, a starting point would be to consider if auditory processing problems are 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 auditory processing difficulties include:
• Learning to speak
• Being able to rhyme
• Separating meaningful sounds from background noise
• Remembering stories or songs
• Staying focused on a person's voice
• Confusing similar sounding words
• Slow start to recognizing letter sounds in words (as opposed to alphabet)
Speech and language skills -- the most common outward signs of an auditory processing problem -- generally receive vigorous attention from teachers and parents using therapies and accommodations that work around the underlying difficulties.
Elementary Age Checklist
Common auditory processing problems include:
• Remembering and following spoken directions
• Difficulty with reading -- sounding out and/or reading comprehension
• Inattentiveness in class, doing homework or while reading
• Mishearing words of songs
• Spends too much time on homework
• Word retrieval
Many aspects of auditory processing dysfunction only surface in elementary school when multi-tasking comes into play. If a child has a mild auditory processing disorder, he/she may 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
By high school most speech and language symptoms are resolved. 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
• Slow worker in tests and/or homework
• Struggles to remember a list or sequence
• Often needs words or sentences repeated
• Interprets words too literally
If your child has three or more of the issues on this auditory processing disorder checklist, you should consider taking action. Left untreated, auditory processing problems can undermine learning for a lifetime.
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