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APD Management and Intervention

How can you manage APD?

Management of Auditory Processing Disorder involves a team approach and can be separated into three areas:

Environmental Modifications
  • encompasses changing the learning or communication environment to improve your child's access to auditory information. This includes preferential seating in the classroom or use of electronic devices such as FM systems
Direct Intervention
  • these are techniques/exercises designed to improve auditory processing skills by remediating the specific disorder/s that have been identified through the assessment process. There are many such intervention programs, run by a variety of professionals. One example, the "Fast ForWord" program typically run by a speech and language pathologist.
Compensatory Strategies
  • these are strategies that can be useful in enabling the child to cope with daily listening activities by overcoming potential problems and disruptions to active listening and auditory processing.
The amount and rate of improvement in auditory processing ability as a result of intervention and management is variable.  However, with appropriate management, almost all children will demonstrate some gains, allowing them greater access to the world of sound, speech, and language.

What is APD?

We perform a thorough diagnostic Auditory Processing Disorder assessment for children over 7 years of age and adults who have auditory processing difficulties. Younger children cannot be assessed because the normal variability in brain function across younger children is so marked that accurate test interpretation is not possible. Read more to find out what is expected in an APA assessment for children...

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