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What is the treatment for auditory processing disorder (APD)?

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There's no cure for auditory processing disorder (APD), and the treatment is specific to each person, but it usually focuses on the following areas:

You can make a few changes at home, too. Cover hard floors with rugs to reduce echoes, and limit use of the TV, radio, and other noisy electronics.

  • Classroom support: Electronic devices, like an FM (frequency modulation) system, can help your child hear the teacher more clearly. His teachers can suggest ways to help him focus his attention, like sitting toward the front of the class and limiting background noise.
  • Making other skills stronger: Things like memory, problem solving, and other learning skills can help your child deal with APD.
  • Therapy: Speech therapy can help your child recognize sounds and improve conversational skills. Reading support that focuses on specific areas where your child has trouble can be helpful as well.

SOURCES:

Auditory Processing Disorder Foundation.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Understanding Auditory Processing Disorders in Children."

UK National Health Service: "Auditory processing disorder."

Understood (for Learning & Attention Issues): "Understanding Auditory Processing Disorder."

 

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on March 7, 2019

SOURCES:

Auditory Processing Disorder Foundation.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Understanding Auditory Processing Disorders in Children."

UK National Health Service: "Auditory processing disorder."

Understood (for Learning & Attention Issues): "Understanding Auditory Processing Disorder."

 

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on March 7, 2019

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