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Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) or Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)
Students with APD or CAPD can't process the information they hear in the same way as others because their ears and brain don't fully coordinate. Something adversely affects the way the brain recognizes and interprets sounds, most notably the sounds composing speech.
Students with APD often do not recognize subtle differences between sounds in words, even when the sounds are loud and clear enough to be heard. ﾠThis is especially a problem where there is more background noise - the sounds found in any normal classroom.
Students who are easily distracted or unusually bothered by loud or sudden noises could be suffering from ADP though they are often diagnosed with ADHD instead. ﾠThese students’ behaviors and performances often improve dramatically in quiet settings. ﾠFollowing spoken directions is also a symptom of ADP. ﾠThese students often have difficulty with reading, spelling, writing, or other language-based activities. ﾠADP or CAPD is often a misunderstood condition and therefore the proper teaching methods not used to appropriately help these students.
The most important factor to consider when teaching students with APD is to use multiple methods of disseminating information. ﾠTalking alone will not be successful; it must be accompanied with many various visuals.
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