Auditory processing disorder (APD), also known as central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), is a hearing problem that affects about 5% of school-aged children.
Kids with this condition can’t process what they hear in the same way other kids do because their ears and brain don’t fully coordinate. Something interferes with the way the brain recognizes and interprets sounds, especially speech. (1)
October seems to be Awareness Month. Just about every important issue needing a light shined on it is promoted during this busy month. One such such awareness celebration is National Audiology Awareness Month.
At Special-Ism, we offer a variety of articles specific to APD. Since only Audiologists can diagnose APD, this is the perfect time to shine a light on what we offer. Keep in mind, there are many schools of thought and models for APD. There are differing views on diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
We subscribe to The Bellis-Ferre model supported by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). A wonderful starting place to learn more about APD from ASHA is Understanding Auditory Processing Disorders in Children by Teri James Bellis, PhD, CCC-A. Bellis is the author of our favorite read on Auditory Processing Disorders, When the Brain Can’t Hear.
Discover another vantage point from Audiologist, Dorinne Davis, MA, CCC-A, FAAA, RCTC, BARA >>
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