What are auditory processing disorders, and how can they affect my child’s speech and language?

auditory processing disorder

If your child has an auditory processing disorder, it means they don’t properly process the information they hear, because the ears and brain don’t fully coordinate.

Children with APD often do not recognise subtle differences between word sounds. For example, they may hear words in a sentence swapped, or misunderstand them altogether – ‘cow’ instead of ‘couch’ or ‘hair’ instead of ‘chair’. These kinds of problems are made worse by noisy environments or when the information is complex.

By identifying and managing these kinds of auditory processing disorders early, you can help your child better face school and life. 

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