I've heard of auditory processing disorder (APD.) Could my child have that instead of ADHD?
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Auditory processing disorder is a condition where something is adversely affecting the way someone processes or interprets the information that comes from the sounds around them. It involves difficulties with listening, or with recognzing differences in the sounds within words. Advances in technology have enabled specialists to better explore and understand various types of difficulties involving hearing. If you suspect a listening or hearing problem, a comprehensive hearing test may be necessary. Ask your doctor or school about a referral to an audiologist. This could be part of a comprehensive evaluation for ADHD.
For more information on auditory processing disorder:
Further sources of information and possible professional referrals include:
The following resources are available from the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) - www.betterhearing.org: