Auditory Processing Disorder Evaluation & Treatment
What is an Auditory Processing Disorder?
Despite having normal hearing sensitivity, people with auditory processing disorders (APD) have difficulty processing auditory information.
First Coast Brain Builders is incredibly unique as we diagnose and treat Auditory Processing Disorders using an interprofessional model.
Types of Auditory Processing Disorders
Decoding: difficulty with the ability to quickly and accurately digest speech at the phonemic level. There is poor speech-sound discrimination and problems with phonics.
Tolerance-Fading Memory: These two skills are necessary to work together. Tolerance refers to hearing speech in noise. Fading memory refers to short-term memory, working memory and attention.
Integration: difficulty with both visual and auditory information. Severe reading and spelling problems are often involved.
Organization: difficulty with following directions and organizing information.
Signs of an Auditory Processing Disorder
- Difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments or when more than one person is speaking
- Frequently asking people to repeat
- Misunderstanding what has been said
- Needing a longer response time during conversation
- Trouble telling where sounds are coming from
- Problems distinguishing between similar sounds
- Difficulty concentrating or paying attention
- Problems following or comprehending rapid speech or complex directions
- Trouble with learning or enjoying music
What does an evaluation entail?
We will ask you to complete questionnaires prior to your appointment. One of our audiologists will contact you to discuss your concerns. An evaluation will then be conducted with one of our audiologists. Your child will be asked to attend to various sounds and words in challenging environments.
Additionally, as part of our comprehensive evaluation, a speech-language pathologist will evaluate speech and language, reading and related capabilities to ensure that all areas of need are assessed. The audiologist and the speech language pathologist will then meet with you to review the evaluations and design a customized plan for treatment.