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AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDER

The ability to interpret vocal speech sounds into words and meaning and then duplicate those sounds as speech is known as auditory processing. 

Successful listening and learning depends on good auditory processing.

A distortion in how the brain interprets what is heard results from an auditory processing condition known as Auditory Processing Disorder (APD). 

CAUSES OF AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDER.

The exact cause is frequently unknown, however, the points listed below have some credence amongst professionals as possible causes:

*The disorder is frequently inherited

*Frequent childhood chronic ear infections may be responsible for slowing processing speed.

*Severe diseases like meningitis and illnesses of the nervous system may also be responsible for APD

*Low birth weight or an early delivery are also thought to be causes

DIFFIUCULTIES FACED BY THOSE WITH (APD)

*APD can make it difficult to learn to read, spell, and write.

*Sometimes, a toddler or adult will confuse similar sounds.

*Sometimes, word endings are deleted or pronounced incorrectly (somethink/something).

*Beginnings of words are frequently mispronounced (expecially/especially).

*Communication is challenging since it takes more time to process what others are saying.

*During a conversation, responding promptly and appropriately requires more time.

*It is challenging to follow instructions in noisy settings, such as a classroom.

*Sufferers often have difficulty following multiple step instructions

*Expressing ideas is difficult for them  

*Many children and adults who have (APD) will stutter or mumble 

*The “th” blend pronounced as “f” is often common for those who have APD (fankyou/thankyou)

SYMPTOMS OF AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDER.

*Often speak loudly

*Need instructions to be repeated

*Difficulty finding the right words (ideas are vague/disjointed)

*Can’t remember multiple steps in a task

*Struggle to remember information or lists

*Very sensitive to background noise

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO HAVE AUDITORY PROCESSING IN A NOISY CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT?

TREATMENT

*Speech Therapy for young children is incredibly beneficial, but it can be expensive

 *Anything that activates the auditory circuits is advantageous.

LISTEN TO READ CAN HELP MANY CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH APD.

Many children who struggle with reading can benefit from the Listen To Read Program. Listen To Read is a back to basics, phonics reading programme with the additional advantage of Sound Therapy filtering, which activates the brain’s auditory centres to support reading remediation.

LISTEN TO READ – A SAMPLE OF OUR UNIQUE PROGRAM.

FORBRAIN

Children as young as three can utilise the Forbrain. It is a cutting-edge tool for brain training that enables the student to use their voice to sharpen their cognitive abilities. It is a bone conduction headset. Sound travels to the inner ear via bone conduction, which occurs in the skull. The user hears their vocal feedback when speaking through the device.   

The Forbrain helps with:

*Clearer Speech

*Readiness for Reading

*Stronger attention, focus and memory 

If you think your child may have Auditory Processing Disorder and you would like more information about any of the issues raised here, please feel free to contact me.

Catherine McLennan

Founder of Listen To Read

www.listentoread.com.au

1300 4 READING

1300 473 234

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