Has My Child Got Auditory Processing Difficulties? – Can MSTC Help?
Does your child seem to struggle processing sounds and instructions? For example, does your child:
- Appear not to hear properly, but passes standard hearing tests?
- Ignore what you are saying if they are not looking at you?
- Respond inconsistently to speech, often misunderstanding what is said?
- Have difficulty listening and paying attention in a noisy environment?
- Frequently ask for instructions to be repeated?
- Frequently say ‘what?’ or ‘huh?’
- Find it difficult to recall verbally presented information?
- Have difficulty in following verbal directions?
If this sounds familiar, then it may be that your child is in the 5% of children that have an auditory processing disorder (APD). Those with this condition can’t process what they hear in the same way others do because their ears and brain don’t fully coordinate. Something interferes with the way the brain recognises and interprets sounds, especially speech, meaning children with APD can have trouble understanding what is being said to them when they’re in noisy places like a playground or party.
APD is often misunderstood because many of the behaviours noted above can also accompany other problems, like learning disabilities or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and often the causes of APD aren’t known. If the condition isn’t caught and treated early, a child with APD can have speech and language delays or problems learning in school, but the good news is there are lots of ways to assess these difficulties and plenty of therapies and strategies that can help.
We have recently acquired the TAPS4 and Scan 3C at the MST Centre, which now enables us to get a clearer picture of any auditory problems that a child may have. This means we can assess for phonological processing skills, such as difficulty discriminating between similar words, or inability to blend syllables into a complete word. We also assess for auditory memory – the ability to recall sequences of words or numbers – and listening comprehension, including processing a sequence of oral directions or instructions given against background noise.
We can also conduct other screening and diagnostic tests that will give us a picture of a child’s difficulties and allow us to suggest therapies, strategies and tips that can make a huge difference to ability, behaviour and self-esteem at home and at school. This includes practical ways to strengthen skills through practice, exercises and techniques that you, your child and your child’s teachers can implement to help them learn how to compensate for their difficulties and build on other strengths.
If you’re concerned about your child’s listening skills or already have a diagnosis of APD, then contact us at the centre. Call Hayley or Kat on 01206 911974 for a chat to find out more about how we can help.Go Back