The structure of the auditory system converts sound vibrations into a signal that is interpreted by the brain in the form of information. Anything that interrupts or negatively disrupts this transfer of auditory information, including disease or damage, puts this relationship out of sync. The brain starts to improperly recognize and incorrectly interpret what the ear has heard.
Unfortunately, APD is often confused with other disorders, particularly ADHD and can result in labeling a child a ‘problem’ student. Since APD is most noticeable within a classroom environment, it is often a teacher who will recommend testing.
An accurate evaluation, sooner than later, is recommended. It takes time to correct this disorder. The ability to relearn to decode auditory information accurately exists within a developmental window of opportunity.
Mike requires a parent or caregiver to attend the testing appointment. He believes it is important that they have an accurate understanding of this disorder, what categories apply to their child, and, have the opportunity to ask questions. A thorough written report will follow, usually within a week, with the test results and recommendations. A follow-up appointment in one year, will allow Mike to check on the progress being made and to change any recommendations, if needed.