Auditory processing disorders are difficulties in processing information received through the hearing channel. Although symptoms of central auditory processing disorders are sometimes subtle, children who exhibit learning difficulties, behavioral/emotional problems and poor academic performance are candidates for central auditory processing testing.
A central auditory processing evaluation is appropriate for children ages 7 and older with normal hearing and intelligence. Children with a previous diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, untreated ADHD and mental retardation are not candidates for this testing.
Children who have difficulty processing what they hear may be easily distracted, have trouble remaining on task, lack the ability to follow directions, and have trouble understanding what is said. As a result, they may appear inattentive when they're actually struggling to understand.
If a central auditory processing problem is identified, individualized recommendations and strategies for the child's educational and home environments are provided to the primary care doctor, the parents and the school.
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