What is Auditory Processing Disorder?


Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) also known as Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), is a neurological disorder that affects how the brain processes spoken language. Individuals with APD generally have normal structure and function of the outer, middle, and inner ear.


APD is a receptive expressive disorder causing individuals to struggle with recognizing and interpreting sounds, especially the sounds composing speech.


Receptive Disorder: the inability to understand information, words, sentences, and the meaning of what others are saying.


Expressive Disorder: the inability to put thoughts into words and sentences.


APD makes it difficult for students to process verbal instructions or filter out background noise in the classroom. A child with APD can often have behavioral problems.


Checklist of Behaviors Seen in Students with APD


                             Difficulty listening for a period of time            Poor recall of what they hear


                             Mishearing/discrimination problems               Poor organization of verbal material


                             Problems attending to oral messages              Oral and written expression problems


                             Problems following verbal directions               Difficulties with learning to read


                            Distracted by background noises                        Difficulties with expressing thoughts  

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Vikki Carrel

Vikki Carrel

Academic Language Therapist, Multi-book Author, National Speaker

Vikki empowers people! She is an Academic Language Therapist, multi-book author and a national speaker. Vikki grew up in Salt Lake City, met her husband at the University of Utah, and has owned several companies across the United States. In 2010, Vikki and her husband moved back to Utah from Doylestown, Pennsylvania and she founded Vikki Carrel & Company, a speaking and training organization. Read more about the author

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