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What it’s like to listen and learn as a child with APD

Auditory processing disorder can impact academic performanceThe term auditory processing disorder (APD) describes what happens when sound is not interpreted properly. The child hears typically, but as sound moves from the ear to the brain there is distortion and/or delay of the signal, bringing challenges to everyday hearing and listening tasks. Your child hears fine, but struggles to process what he/she hears.

A condition that instills frustration

Signs of APD often appear at a young age, when your child’s attention span and basic language skills might not be on par with other children. Your child might have difficulty paying attention in noisy environments, remembering multitask directions and discriminating subtle differences in sounds and words—challenges that can instill frustration, social isolation, and insecurity. But these daily struggles are both common and treatable.

Importance of a differential diagnosis

Because of some overlap in symptoms, it is possible your child was previously misdiagnosed with ADD (attention deficit disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or PDD (pervasive developmental delay). Your child may have one of these disorders and delays in addition to APD. However, it is important to note that APD is not an attention or communication disorder. It is characterized by difficulty channeling sound to the brain, and it is entirely out of your child’s personal control. APD affects your child’s ability to attend to sound and can negatively impact his/her communication skills.

We have the experience, resources and expertise to distinguish APD from other related disorders (differential diagnosis) and offer the best treatment for your child’s needs.

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