Auditory Processing Disorder

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Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a neurological condition that affects how an individual processes and recognizes subtle differences in spoken language. Because of this, affected individuals may not always be able to successfully process what others are saying, even if they have normal hearing. Because individuals with APD experience a breakdown in receiving, remembering and understanding auditory information symptoms may include: having difficulty following spoken and multi-step directions, asking for frequent repetition of what was said, having trouble with reading, spelling and mathematical word problems and having trouble remembering details of what was just heard or read.

Special education services are available for children with APD and organizations exist that aim to provide support, encouragement and resources to individuals and families experiencing life with APD.

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