We are pleased to announce that Aberdeen Audiology now offers — via HIPAA-compliant telehealth — evidence-based, professionally supervised and administered testing and therapy for auditory processing disorders!
Auditory processing refers to the manner in which the brain perceives and interprets auditory information. It is not what you think of when you think “hearing loss”. An Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a problem in the central nervous system that affects how the brain processes spoken language. Think of it this way. When a person speaks to you in a foreign language (assuming you are not fluent in that language) you have no trouble “hearing” what they are saying, but your brain is not able to process the auditory information in a way that gives the spoken words any meaning. For a child with an Auditory Processing Disorder, this is how, to a lesser extent, they “hear”. Essentially an Auditory Processing Disorder is a breakdown in receiving, remembering, understanding and using auditory information.
it is estimated that between 5% and 10% of school-aged children have an APD.
Does your child exhibit any of the following behaviors?
- Says “Huh or “What” frequently
- Often misunderstands what is being said
- Constantly requests that information be repeated
- Is easily distracted
- Has difficulty following oral instruction
- Has difficulty listening in the presence of background noise
- Has difficulty with phonics and speech sound discrimination
- Gives slow or delayed responses to verbal stimuli
- Has reading, spelling or other academic problems
- Learns poorly through the auditory channel
If they do they are a candidate for an Auditory Processing Evaluation
The Long Term Impact of APD
The breakdown of receiving, remembering, and understanding information that a child with an Auditory Processing Disorder experiences can impact many facets of your child’s life. Including (from: 9 Consequences of Auditory Processing Disorder in Children):
- Difficulty making friends
- Frustration and embarrassment in the classroom
- Difficulties in mathematics
- Difficulties learning to read
- Difficulties with reading comprehension
- Homework stress
- Difficulties with spelling
- Difficulties with writing
- ADD, many children diagnosed with inattentive ADD have an underlying auditory processing disorder
There is no better time than now to prepare your child for educational success! With schools out and summer activities slowly canceling, we are able to remotely work with you and your child to keep them engaged, learning, and to prepared for success.
If you’d like to learn more about our services and our free consultation, please contact us today.