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Auditory Processing Disorder

What is Auditory Processing Disorder?

        Auditory processing disorder (APD), also known as central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), is a hearing problem that affects about 5% of school-aged children. Children with this condition can't process what they hear in the same way other kids do because their ears and brain don't fully coordinate. Something interferes with the way the brain recognizes and interprets sounds, especially speech.  (Source:

Helpful Links

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ASHA's Article

"Understanding Auditory Processing Disorders in Children" provides information on APD from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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Sound Reading

Sound Reading is a reading program for students with APD.

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Earobics® is a program that can be used to help build auditory processing skills.

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LD Online's Article

The above image links to a National Center for Learning Disabilities page on APD.

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