ERIC Number: ED474303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Auditory Processing Disorders: An Overview. ERIC Digest.
Ciocci, Sandra R.
This digest presents an overview of children with auditory processing disorders (APDs), children who can typically hear information but have difficulty attending to, storing, locating, retrieving, and/or clarifying that information to make it useful for academic and social purposes. The digest begins by describing central auditory processing and the behaviors of children with APD. Academic characteristics of children who have APD are identified; these include poor expressive and receptive language abilities; poor reading, writing, and spelling; poor phonics and speech sound discrimination; difficulty taking notes; difficulty learning foreign languages; weak short-term memory; and behavioral, psychological, and/or social problems resulting from poor language and academic skills. Clinical diagnosis of APD and the role of audiologists in assessing the peripheral and central auditory systems are also explained. The digest closes with a list of classroom techniques that have been shown to be effective with children with APD, including: (1) modify the environment by reducing background noise and enhancing the speech signal to improve access to auditory information; (2) teach the child to use compensatory strategies, "meta" strategies, or executive functions to learn how to listen actively; and (3) promote auditory training to remediate specific auditory deficits. (CR)
Descriptors: Auditory Evaluation, Auditory Perception, Auditory Training, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Clinical Diagnosis, Cognitive Processes, Etiology, Language Processing, Learning Disabilities, Learning Processes, Learning Strategies, Student Characteristics, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Arlington, VA.