Auditory Processing is not defined by hearing acuity, but rather how we understand what we hear and how well we can listen attentively despite background noise and distractions. Many term this a listening disorder, joking “He hears what he wants to hear.” But in reality, auditory processing disorders can cause reading and spelling problems, in addition to difficulty following multi-step directions and remembering details from a story.
Of all the processing disorders, this one is most often missed or misdiagnosed. Many times children are misdiagnosed with ADD or ADHD when they actually suffer from an auditory processing disorder. That’s why patience and experience matter when evaluating auditory issues.
While children can be identified and treated early for auditory problems, a full auditory processing evaluation rarely occurs before age seven. This involves an audiologist to diagnose the disorder and a speech-language pathologist to provide treatment. By knowing the type of auditory processing disorder faced, we can identify the right therapy for you.
To download the handout from a May 8, 2014 talk given by Marianne Umphlett on Auditory Processing, click here.
We are qualified service providers for CAPDOTS – an online therapy system for auditory processing disorders. This may be recommended by your therapist as part of your intervention and treatment plan.
We are an affiliate of Forbrain which can be recommended by our therapists for persons with disorders of central auditory processing, articulation disorders, reading disorders (decoding and comprehension) and voice disorders.