Auditory Processing Disorder

Can we support a child with APD?

If a deaf child also had APD we would provide any of our usual support and services based on the child's needs. However, if a child has normal hearing levels with APD we are currently unable to provide support or services.


What is Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)?

Deafness occurs when one or more parts of the ear or auditory (hearing) nerve does not function as it should. However, the ability to listen to sounds also involves memory, learning, vision and attention, as well as hearing. If any of these functions are impaired then hearing and listening may be affected.

Children with APD may have difficulties with listening, or making sense of the sounds heard, particularly in environments with a lot of background noise. They usually have normal levels of hearing and normal intelligence.

Some parents realise their child has difficulties with understanding from an early age, but often APD becomes more obvious when children start at school.

The cause of APD is often unknown. In children, APD may be associated with conditions such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, autism, autism spectrum disorder, specific language impairment, pervasive developmental disorder, or developmental delay.


Where can I get further information and support?

APD Support UK 


The aim of the APD Support UK website is to provide information about Auditory Processing Disorder/APD. This website is for anyone who has Auditory Processing Disorder/APD or suspects it, and wants information on this subject - for adults, teenagers, children, families, friends, professionals, and anyone else who's interested in learning more about APD. 


They also have a Facebook page.


British Society of Audiology

The BSA's APD Special Interest Group was established in 2003. The steering committee represents a broad range of professional disciplines, and includes leading researchers and clinicians in the field. They foster strong links with community, individuals with APD and their families, and have the parent of a child with APD as an advisor to the SIG.

Their parent adviser co-ordinates a Family Support Group. Email for information about joining.

BSA's APD Special Interest Group also have a Facebook page.



IPSEA is a registered charity. It offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.



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