Auditory Processing Disorder: What To Look For In Each Age Group

Auditory processing disorder (APD) is hard to spot, and can be confused for other hearing issues or, as children get older, behavioural concerns, inattention, or forgetfulness. This blog post will help you spot symptoms of auditory processing disorder in children of any age. The earlier your child is diagnosed, the most effective our solutions will be. However, children must be six years or older to be tested for auditory processing disorder.

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Pre-School

  • Doesn’t like books:  Children with auditory processing disorder don’t absorb much of what they hear, which can make story time boring.
  • Avoids loud noise: Children with auditory processing disorder find it difficult to ignore background noise, which means loud noise bothers them.
  • Mispronounces words: Children with auditory processing disorder often suffer speech delays because they are unable to hear clearly.

Grade-School 

  • Avoids books: Children with auditory processing disorder tend to be less interested in books and struggle when learning to read.
  • Doesn’t complete activities: Children with auditory processing disorder struggle to go beyond the first step of a task, and multi-step instructions confuse them.
  • Loses track of conversations: Children with auditory processing disorder struggle with listening skills and may ask you to repeat yourself.

Middle-School (Pre-Teen)

  • Can’t stand noise: If there is more than one source of noise, children with auditory processing disorder can’t focus and get frustrated.
  • Won’t read out loud: Children with auditory processing disorder are nervous about coming across new words and don’t want to be embarrassed when they struggle to read them.
  • Forgetful: Children with auditory processing disorder don’t absorb much of what they hear and may not remember names, chores, and instructions.

High-School

  • Can’t hear: Teens with auditory processing disorder may seem to have more pronounced hearing issues, such as often asking for clarification and talking louder than other people.
  • Odd speech: Teens with auditory processing disorder struggle to speak clearly and find it difficult to organize their thoughts.
  • Needs you to repeat yourself: If you give a teen with auditory processing disorder verbal instructions they may often ask you to repeat yourself and may forget most of what you said.

Auditory Processing Disorder Help From HearSay

If you believe your child may have an auditory processing disorder, a hearing test followed by the formal auditory processing test battery is required by an Audiologist at HearSay. The earlier we can intervene and provide treatment, the better the outcome will be. HearSay’s Speech-Language Pathologists can help your child with speech and language therapy as well as developing auditory processing skills through literacy and listening activities. Our registered Audiologists can offer hearing testing, hearing aids, counselling and listening strategies. Contact HearSay today to book an appointment or consultation.

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