Auditory Processing Disorder
Anyone have experience with Auditory Processing Disorder, APD? Dave mentioned the Tomatis method in podcast #32 and talked a bit about APD and background noise in #48.
Auditory processing disorder (APD), also known as central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) is an umbrella term for a variety of disorders that affect the way the brain processes auditory information. Individuals with APD usually have normal structure and function of the outer, middle and inner ear (peripheral hearing). However, they cannot process the information they hear in the same way as others do, which leads to difficulties in recognizing and interpreting sounds, especially the sounds composing speech.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BEHAVIORAL MANIFESTATIONS OF CAPD?
Difficulty hearing in noisy situations
Difficulty following long conversations
Difficulty hearing conversations on the telephone
Difficulty learning a foreign language or challenging vocabulary words
Difficulty remembering spoken information (i.e., auditory memory deficits)
Difficulty taking notes
Difficulty maintaining focus on an activity if other sounds are present child is easily distracted by other sounds in the environment
Difficulty with organizational skills
Difficulty following multi-step directions
Difficulty in directing, sustaining, or dividing attention
Difficulty with reading and/or spelling
Difficulty processing nonverbal information (e.g., lack of music appreciation)