Auditory Processing Delays

Children with auditory processing delay often:

  • Listen only for a short period of time

  • Mishear information

  • Have problems following directions

  • Are distracted by background noises

  • Have problems with oral and written expression

  • Forget what they hear

  • Have issues learning to read and spell

  • Are misdiagnosed as ADHD or ADD

An auditory processing delay 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. While their ability to hear is ok, there is a neurological basis for their impaired ability to listen.

A child with auditory processing delay can often have the same types of behavioral problems as a child with ADD. However, using the techniques appropriate for an ADD child will not be very effective with a child suffering from auditory processing issues.

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