Do you often have to repeat what you say to your child or student? Is your learner having a difficult time paying attention in class? Is he/she being forgetful in class? He/she may have 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. Meaning, the brain does not process (i.e. perceive, analyse, understand etc.) what he/she hears.
Auditory processing disorder is not linked to impaired hearing or hearing loss at all nor poor intelligence. APD is a dysfunction in listening. The learner’s listening ability, in this case, is either underdeveloped or inoperative.
Auditory processing disorder leads to numerous effects such as problems with memory, reading, spelling, and behaviour as well which will be thoroughly discussed below.