Auditory Processing Disorder


The UCA Speech, Language and Hearing Center offers evaluation and therapy for children who experience auditory comprehension and listening difficulties despite normal hearing sensitivity. If concerns exist, an Auditory Processing Evaluation will guide an appropriate plan of treatment, including educational planning, therapeutic interventions, and management strategies. Prerequisites for an APD evaluation include normal hearing sensitivity, normal cognitive ability and a minimum age of 8 years.

Key Age Groups Served: ages 8 to adult

Characteristics of Disability: Despite normal peripheral hearing sensitivity and intelligence, individuals with an Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) have a decreased ability to receive and interpret auditory information. Children with Auditory Processing Disorder often behave as if they have a hearing loss, have difficulty understanding speech in the presence of background noise and have difficulty following spoken instructions. An Auditory Processing Disorder often causes learning challenges in the areas of reading and spelling.

Symptoms of an Auditory Processing Disorder may include:

  • Difficulty following more than one direction at a time
  • Difficulty hearing in noisy situations
  • Struggling with similar sounding words
  • Commonly asking “huh?” or “what?”

Forms: Contact Leslie George – 501.450.5776

Therapy Groups: Auditory Processing Therapy, ongoing; Camp Listen-Up (summer)


Useful Resources: 

American Speech Language Hearing Association

National Center for Learning Disabilities