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Auditory Processing

How the brain receives information related to sound. Can be broken down into 3 categories: Auditory Awareness (sound detection, localization, attention/figure-ground), Auditory Discrimination (environmental sounds, suprasegmentals, segmentals), and Auditory Identification (association, feedback/self-monitoring, phonological awareness).

Reference links

  • Better Together 1
    Author: Tena McNamara, AuD, CCC-A/SLP and Gail Richard, PhD, CCC-SLP - It is more productive to focus on addressing the effects of auditory weaknesses on school and home life than to expend energy debating whether poor performance on auditory skills tests reflects an auditory processing deficit or a language deficit.
  • Redefining Auditory Processing Disorder 1
    Author: Susan Boswell - Often, treatment for APD and receptive language and comprehension may be the same. Specific remediation doesn’t exist for the perceptual processing skills (such as dichotic listening) that are assessed.
  • Understanding Intervention For (C)APD: As Easy As A-B-C 1
    Author: Jeanane M. Ferre - Poor (central) auditory processing may manifest behaviorally in a variety of ways, including deficient academic performance, impaired communication, and altered sense of self. A is for Activities, B is for Barriers, and C is for Collaboration.
  • Teachers’ Opinions Regarding the Symptoms of Central Auditory Processing Disorder In Children With Reading and Writing Difficulties 1
    Author: Fulya Yalçınkaya, Işık Sibel Küçükünal, A. Dilek Öğretir Özçelik - The study reported on here aimed to investigate whether CAPD symptoms were underlying to reading and writing difficulty. It was detected that children with CAPD symptoms had a significant disadvantage in reading and writing compared to children who did not have these symptoms. Children with CAPD symptoms should be referred for diagnosis if the CAPD indications are identified.
  • Treatment of (Central) Auditory Processing Disorder: Bridging the Gap Between the Audiologist and the Speech-Language Pathologist 1
    Author: Velvet Buehler, MA/MS, CCC-A/SLP - There is a history of debate and controversy about the assessment and intervention of children diagnosed with auditory processing disorder (APD). Professionals in communication sciences and disorders view APD from different perspectives. Speech language pathologists (SLPs) tend to view APD from the language and literacy perspective, or a top-down model, whereas audiologists tend to view APD from an auditory perception perspective, or a bottom-up model. Professionals who assess and treat children with APD need to bridge the gap and merge their different perspectives to plan effective interventions for children with APD.

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Related Disorder(s)

  • Receptive Language Disorder - A child with receptive language disorder has difficulties with understanding what is said to them. The symptoms vary between children but, generally, problems with language comprehension begin before the age of three years. Children need to understand spoken language before they can use language to express themselves.

Goal Bank

  • Corrine will follow simple 3 part commands without gestural cues in 3 out of 4 trials across three sessions to demonstrate auditory comprehension and understanding of basic concepts. 2


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    Following Directions: Robot Coloring Sheet

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    Full page robot coloring sheet. One Step, Two Step, and Three Step Instructions Data Collection Sheet Suggestions for Use Visual Support for first/then/last Visual Support for before/after Use in p...