Do you often have to repeat what you say to your child or student? Is your learner having a difficult time in paying attention in class or remembering important things in every lesson? Your child or student may be dealing with Auditory Processing Disorder.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), also known as Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), is a developmental or acquired inability of the brain to understand the meaning of sounds.
For someone with APD, his/her brain does not process (i.e. perceive, analyse, understand etc.) what he/she hears. APD is not linked to impaired hearing or hearing loss at all nor poor intelligence, but APD is a dysfunction in listening (an active ear-brain skill) in varying degrees. Meaning, the learner’s listening ability is either underdeveloped or inoperative.
APD leads to numerous effects such as problems with developing vocabulary, difficulty with reading, spelling, overall low academic performance and disruptive behaviour as well. In a nutshell, APD happens because the brain does not understand what the ear hears.