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Auditory Processing Disorder – APD

Auditory Processing Disorder, APD (or Central Auditory Processing Disorder, CAPD) is a condition that is thought to affect approximately 5% of children. It is a “processing” problem and not a “hearing” problem like some people suspect.

Auditory Processing Disorder

Children with Auditory Processing Disorder have difficulty processing what they hear and words or sentences can become scrambled or processed by the brain in a manner that is not consistent with the actual message.

We still don’t know what causes APD. We do know that symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty with language
  • Trouble following too many directions or instructions given at a time
  • Problems remembering verbal information
  • Becoming distracted in noisy or busy environments
  • Poor academic performance related to spelling, reading, and comprehension
  • Difficulty understanding idioms or abstract language
  • Can’t discern between similar sounds like “Mike” and “Bike”


An audiologist can test a child to determine if Auditory Processing Disorder is present.

For children with APD, the following may help in school and at home:

  • Study and work in a quiet environment
  • Sit near the front of the classroom
  • Make sure the child understands instructions by speaking slowly
  • Do not give complex instructions or directions
  • Ask them to repeat instructions or directions


Programs that have shown success for children with Auditory Processing Disorder include: Fast ForWord, PACE, and AIT (Auditory Integration Training).

Posted Sunday, November 21st, 2010 by by Easy IEP Help, under Easy IEP Help, Learning Disability.

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