Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), also known as central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), is an umbrella term for a variety of disorders that affect the way the brain processes auditory information. Individuals with APD usually have normal structure and function of the outer, middle and inner ear (peripheral hearing); but are unable to process the information they hear in the same way as others do. This leads to difficulties in recognizing and interpreting sounds; especially the sounds composing speech. This causes listening problems in these individuals that often mimic a hearing loss.
Does your child exhibit signs of auditory processing disorder?
- Appears to not hear well (though they have passed hearing screenings)
- Frequently need to have information repeated
- Poor ability to listen and follow directions
- Inability to pay attention for appropriate periods of time (listening to teachers and staying with conversations)
- Easily distracted and/or quickly bored while listening without visuals
- Delay in language (poor vocabulary, poor sentence structure)
- Difficulty conversing on a phone
- Poor social skills
- Easily frustrated with tasks
- Poor reading and spelling skills
- Unable to sound out new words
- Reversal of letters and words
- Poor memory (especially what they hear)
- Inability to follow and understand someone speaking quickly
- Struggles to find the right words to use when talking
- Slow or delayed response to questions
If your child exhibits several of these symptoms…
there is a good possibility that they are struggling due to an auditory processing disorder and/or poorly developed cognitive learning skills. Regardless of the cause, we at Think Smart Center have had great success in eliminating the struggles that these individuals face.
Think Smart Cognitive Development Program
The Think Smart Cognitive Development Program improves the lives of those who have an auditory processing disorder by improving:
- Auditory Processing itself
- Logic and Reasoning
- Processing Speed
- Visual Processing
Our Cognitive Development involves training to strengthen the underlying skills necessary for proper auditory processing.
These auditory processing skills along with other cognitive abilities are the foundation that enable learning to be easier and faster.
These skills also are the cornerstone of good social interaction that provide good listening skills and proper verbal expression.
When learning is improved and making friends becomes easier, a persons confidence and self-esteem is dramatically improved.
We have had great success in eliminating the struggles that these individuals face.
For more information about our program, call Connie at the Think Smart Center.