What causes APD?

Ideally, the brain should easily make sense of sounds we hear. As words are spoken, a child with normal auditory processing skills can effectively separate the speech from the noise, fill in any bits that they miss, and make sense what the sentences mean. A child with APD struggles with these tasks. This can make it more difficult to learn in a normal class setting. 

The causes of APD are difficult to pinpoint. It is most likely due to various areas in the brain’s sound processing system not developing correctly. Children with ear infections throughout their early years can often be at a greater risk of having APD. The first step in testing a child for APD is a hearing test. We need to rule out any hearing loss. After the child’s hearing levels are established, the more complex Auditory Processing skills can be tested.