Auditory Processing

The Central Nervous System at work

Auditory Processing Disorders (APD)

Crossroads Speech Therapy provides auditory processing therapy for children and adults. Auditory Processing Disorders (APD), also known as Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD) refer to how the central nervous system (CNS) uses auditory information. APD is an auditory deficit that is not the result of other higher-order cognitive, language, or related disorder.

Children with APD may exhibit a variety of listening and related complaints. For example, they may have difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments, following directions, and discriminating (or telling the difference between) similar-sounding speech sounds. Sometimes they may behave as if a hearing loss is present, often asking for repetition or clarification. In school, children with APD may have difficulty with spelling, reading, and understanding information presented verbally in the classroom. Often their performance in classes that don’t rely heavily on listening is much better, and they typically are able to complete a task independently once they know what is expected of them.