Auditory Processing disorders are deficits in the
information processing of audible sounds not
attributed to hearing or intellectual impairments.
Simply stated, auditory processing involves what we
DO with what we hear. Sounds are heard, but there is
a problem processing or understanding what is said
particularly when the language used is complex,
spoken rapidly, or is lengthy, and when there are
visual distractions or competing noises.
Children with auditory processing difficulties are
usually easily distracted, unusually bothered by
loud or sudden noises, are upset by noisy
environments, and have difficulty following
directions. Abstract information and verbal (word)
math problems are difficult for these children as
well. These children are often regarded as
disorganized, forgetful, or behavior problems due to
their lack of ability to pay attention.