Auditory Processing in Children

Feb 11, 2011 by

Language is the way that we communicate, this comes in the form of spoken language and symbols. When it comes to children, language is extremely important for learning. Without any form of language learning becomes a difficult and daunting process, especially for a child. Auditory testing in children is the first step to take if there is concern for a child’s auditory processing.   Signs that a child may have a auditory processing issue may include, not being able to remember what he or she hears, having a short attention span, the inability to tune out background noise, trouble with phonics in reading and spelling, and experiencing a delay or problem in expressive or receptive language development. If a child has some of these signs, a parent may want to think about having their child complete a Speech/Language/Cognitive evaluation. This evaluation includes a diagnostic tools, clinical observation as well as parent and possibly teacher interviews to discuss the child. The evaluation assesses cognitive function, articulation, oral motor development, appropriate use of voice, and pragmatic language skills. If a child cannot understand the language code, it is called a receptive problem.  If a child does not know enough language rules to verbally share thoughts, ideas and feelings completely, it is called an expressive problem. These things can all be symptoms of Central Auditory Processing Disorder, or CAPD. Children with CAPD may not have an issue with hearing, but furthermore, how they receive the message they are getting. 

With the help of the Hear Florida Audiology group, your child can be tested. Afterwards, the friendly doctors will make sure to discuss what options are best for you and your child.