Essay on Auditory Processing Disorder

1607 Words Mar 5th, 2006 7 Pages
Auditory processing is a term used to describe what happens when your brain recognizes and interprets the sounds around you. Humans hear when energy that we recognize as sound travels through the ear and is changed into electrical information that can be interpreted by the brain. The "disorder" part of auditory processing disorder means that something is adversely affecting the processing or interpretation of the information. Auditory Processing Disorder is an impaired ability to attend to, discriminate, remember, recognize, or comprehend information presented auditory in individuals who typically exhibit normal intelligence and normal hearing (Keith, 1995). This processing disorder can interfere with speech and language skills and …show more content…
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A common complaint of teachers and parents of preschoolers is often that they just do not seem to "get it;" that the connections just do not appear to be happening as expected. Assessment by appropriate professionals can determine the underlying nature of the difficulties; however, diagnosis should never be made by observation alone. Unless a clear abnormality is present in auditory electrophysiology or other physiologic measures, diagnosing Auditory Processing Disorder in preschool is not possible using current behavioral tools. However, with a multidisciplinary collaboration of teachers, parents, and speech and language therapists, an educated hypothesis can be made that a child is exhibited Auditory Processing Disorder, allowing intervention to begin at a very young age, even before formal diagnosis can be made. As a child grows and begins to learn new academic skills in school, we are able to draw from a larger arsenal of auditory diagnostic test tools once the child reaches the age of eight or nine and become more neurologically mature. Management of Auditory Processing Disorder should incorporate three primary principles:
1) Environmental modifications
2) Remediation techniques (direct

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