WHAT IS APD?

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Au­di­tory pro­cess­ing dis­or­der is a hear­ing dis­or­der where the ears process sound nor­mally but the hear­ing cen­tres and cir­cuits of the brain don’t cor­rectly process in­com­ing in­for­ma­tion.

It is es­ti­mated to af­fect 2 to 3 per cent of chil­dren, but the true preva­lence is un­known. Com­mon causes of APD in­clude hered­i­tary fac­tors, birth-re­lated fac­tors, glue ear and head trauma.

Peo­ple with APD miss parts of speech if it is too com­plex or there are too many com­pet­ing fac­tors.

They may feel frus­trated and un­der-achieve in school de­spite great ef­fort.

Visit soundskills.co.nz for more in­for­ma­tion

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