Source: Durham Region Autism Services
People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) typically have difficulty processing sensory information such as sounds, sights, and smells. This is usually referred to as having issues with “sensory integration”, or having sensory sensitivity, and is caused by differences in how the brain of a person with ASD understands and prioritizes the sensory information picked up by the body’s many sensory receptors. When this breakdown in communication becomes too intense, the person with ASD may become overwhelmed, anxious, or even feel physical pain. When this occurs, some with ASD may act out. Click here to read the rest of the story.
What is Auditory Processing Disorder?
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a neurological disorder impacting the way the brain processes information and will often affect attention, speech reading and following direction. APD affects 5% of school-age children. Boys are twice as likely as girls to have auditory processing disorder.
Other Known Names
Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)
- Head Trauma
- Lead Poisoning
- Ear Infection
- Often not known.
Signs and Symptoms
- Noisy environment upsetting
- Difficulty in understanding verbal direction and communication
- Difficulty in following directions
- Distracted by background noise
- Auditory difficulties including, discrimination, memory and sequencing
Websites and Resources on Auditory Processing Disorder
Brain Balance Center
Organizations and Foundations
Auditory Processing Disorder Foundation, Inc.
National Processing Disorders Association