Perception of Children with Auditory Processing Disorders

A Child with an Auditory Processing Disorder May be Perceived as:





Not achieving his potential




Slower to develop because of being a boy


Just not listening

However, these children and adolescents probably are working much harder than their peers who find listening and remember effortless. Just making it through the day is difficult because of the multitude of auditory processing demands that a child or adolescent faces each day. Sometimes, these students are irritable and tired at the end of the day. They have worked extremely hard to get to that time of day and homework seems to be an insurmountable task, day after day.

Your child or adolescent may be having auditory processing problems which make success at school a long forgotten dream. We obtain much information by listening. By third grade, the student is expected to not rely on pictures as aids, but to begin reading for meaning…in other words to learn and understand new information. It may be science or social studies that’s becomes hard, as the amount of listening in class increases as well as the amount of information expected to be mastered.

Most likely, the student hates reading, as it requires much time and extraordinary effort ‘to get through’ this process we call learning. It may surprise you, but a large component of reading is based upon the ability to listen and remember. There is visual tracking, perception, and memory that come into play as well. However, auditory processing difficulties often are the cause of reading difficulties.

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