Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a neurological defect that affects how the brain processes spoken language. This makes it difficult for the child to process verbal instructions or even to filter out background noise in the classroom.

Characteristics include:

  • Breakdown in receiving, remembering, understanding and using auditory information.

  • Hearing ability is adequate.

  • There is a neurological basis for the disorder

  • The child’s ability to listen is impaired.

A child with Auditory Processing Disorder can often have the same types of behavioral problems as a child with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). However, using the techniques appropriate for a child with ADD will not be very effective for a child suffering with auditory processing issues. 

Brain Harmony’s programs are  based on the fact that we can change our brain, we can essentially rewire it through specific and repeated stimulation, a concept known as neuroplasticity. As in building strength and endurance with physical exercise, we are able to build neurological pathways and sympathetic activity at any age.

Study

29 children with APD; Advance Magazine Jan 2010

  • Pre-intervention: 0 of 29 students had intact auditory/vestibular processing skills

  • Post-intervention: 22 of 29 tested in normal range in al areas of auditory processing skills

  • Pre-intervention: 7 of 29 were taking ADHD medications

  • Post-intervention: all 7 had successfully ceased medications.

Parents and teachers reported improvements in social skills, language, improved grades in reading and math, with most of the kids showing definite improvements in reading comprehension.

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