Auditory Processing Disorders (APD) may cause a child to take longer than expected to achieve the speech and language development milestones set out for their age range.
Understanding APD in children is vital for ensuring proper diagnosis, treatment, and management of the disorders, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Here are 5 common APD symptoms to look out for. If any of these symptoms show up, you’ll need to take your child to a pediatric speech therapist for treatment.
1. Difficulty Following Instructions
Children develop cognitive abilities from a tender age. These skills allow them to organize the information it receives to trigger the appropriate action. If your child struggles to follow multi-step instructions, they could be experiencing auditory processing difficulty.
A pediatric speech therapist can devise activities to improve their ability to follow instructions.
2. Being Overwhelmed in Noisy Settings
Does your child get overwhelmed in noisy environments and becomes noticeably more skilled at managing their own behavior in quieter environments? Processing sound in noisy settings can be a real challenge for children with APD.
If your child’s behavior changes in noisy places, they could have APD.
3. Difficulty Distinguishing Between Words with Almost Similar Sounds
Does your child find it hard to tell the difference between similar-sounding words? This can affect their ability to read, write or pronounce words correctly.
When a child hears “pan” instead of “ban” or vice versa, it shows they have sound discrimination problems. A pediatric speech therapist can come up with auditory discrimination activities to help a child with this problem.
4. Being Easily Distracted
Does your child have difficulty maintaining attention when you’re talking to them, or when you’ve given them a simple task to accomplish? Do they seem to easily lose interest in what you’re saying or they’re doing? If so, the short attention span can hinder their ability to handle everyday tasks.
One lapse in attention and they’ll miss out on important details of the conversation. If you notice your child is suffering from a lack of attentiveness, they may have APD.
5. Disorganization and Forgetfulness
APD can also make children disorganized and forgetful. This can be frustrating for parents, especially when their children can’t recall where they kept or left important items.
How Can a Pediatric Speech Therapist Help Your Child?
“At what age should my child start talking?” This is a question many parents ask when they’re concerned about their little one’s speech delay.
Unfortunately, there’s no single answer to this question. Different pediatric speech specialists provide different answers to the exact age a child should start talking. But you can’t blame them – children grow at their own rate.
This checklist of symptoms isn’t a tool for diagnosing APD in children. But it can serve as a useful guide for parents with kids who have speech disorders. With the help of the right pediatric speech therapist, children with APD can be successful in both their academic and social life.
Get a free consultation today to find out what we can do to help your child overcome APD.