“I Can’t Hear You!” (APD)

Neurodivergence and Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)

APD has various distinct categories:

  • Auditory closure: Difficulty filling in the gaps of speech when it is more challenging.

  • Dichotic listening: Difficulty understanding competing, meaningful speech that happens at the same time.

  • Temporal processing: Recognizing differences in speech sounds, and understand pitch & intonation.

  • Binaural interaction: This is the ability to know which side speech or sounds are coming from, and to localize sound in a room.

  • Phonetic decoding: An inability to process language at natural language speed.

  • Auditory integration: A delay in integrating things heard with things seen.

  • Auditory hypersensitivity: Low tolerance for noise. Difficulty focusing on the important sounds in a noisy setting.


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Published by Jillian ADHD 2e MB

Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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