Auditory processing is the recognition and interpretation of sounds we hear after that sound has travelled through the ear to the brain. Children with auditory processing disorder, also known as central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), hear well but can’t interpret and understand what they hear because their ears and brain don’t fully coordinate. APD hinders classroom learning and social interactions. Diagnosis of APD can be made after the age of seven years by a qualified audiologist. APD therapy involves environmental modifications such as preferential seating in the classroom and provision of visual tools and assistive listening devices. Therapy also involves learning strategies to promote active listening, comprehension monitoring, and self-advocacy.
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