Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a disorder that affects how the brain processes sounds. Children with APD have normal hearing, but can have difficulty distinguishing between speech and background noises, have difficulty concentrating when there is background noise, can have unclear speech or have difficulty pronouncing certain words. They can also struggle to understand when people speak quickly, or with an accent.
Children are typically diagnosed while they are in school, but sometimes they can be misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all due to the lack of awareness about the disorder. The cause for APD is not entirely known, although it seems to be genetic, sometimes running in families. There are a number of things that we can do to support children with APD in the school environment, like environmental adaptations, strategies and tools to support listening.
Forbrain is an educational tool that is being used by several therapists and families to use with children who show signs or are diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder. Forbrain helps the child to hear and process the sounds that they produce, better. Hearing themselves slightly louder is pivotal for the child and can give them the added boost that they need.
In the following video, Grace Lindley, a speech and language therapist based in Paris, breaks down the different aspects of auditory processing disorders - what are the causes, observed symptoms, how Forbrain can help children with Auditory Processing Disorder and activities to do with Forbrain. By using Forbrain in her practice, Grace has observed significant progress in children with auditory processing disorders.
Check out her video series on various learning disorders in children, here!
Read more about Forbrain, here!