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Processing Deficits

Processing deficits are problems with the processes of recognizing and interpreting information taken in through the senses. The two most common areas of processing difficulty associated with learning disabilities are visual and auditory perception. Information offered here covers these two types of processing deficits, their educational implications, ideas for intervention, and what to do if there is a suspected problem.

There are 18 articles in this section.

Understanding and Addressing Processing Speed Deficits in the Classroom

Dyslexia and Driving an Automobile

The story of Tom, a man with dyslexia who learned to drive is used to illustrate difficulties in learning to drive and how they can be overcome.

What Are Central Auditory Processing Problems in Children?

If your child or student is a "poor" listener, frequently misunderstands speech, and has difficulty following directions, read this article. Learn symptoms of Central Auditory Processing Disorder, how it is diagnosed, and what can be done about it.

Understanding Auditory Processing Disorders in Children

This article, from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, distinguishes auditory processing disorder from other disorders. Symptoms and treatment are described. An explanation is provided of the role of the multidisciplinary team and the role of the audiologist, which is the only profession that can legitimately diagnose auditory processing disorders.

Auditory Processing Disorder in Children

Children with auditory processing disorder (APD) often do not recognized the subtle differences between sounds in words because a dysfunction makes it difficult for the brain to interpret the information. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders presents basic information on symptoms, diagnosis, and current research of APD.

Trastornos del Procesamiento Auditivo en los Niños: ¿Qué Significa?

El procesamiento auditivo es el término usado para describir lo que sucede cuando el cerebro reconoce e interpreta los sonidos a su alrededor. Los seres humanos oyen cuando la energía, que reconocemos como sonido, se desplaza a través del oído y se transforma en información eléctrica que puede ser interpretada por el cerebro. El término "desorden" en el desorden del procesamiento auditivo (APD, por su sigla en inglés) significa que algo está perjudicando el procesamiento o la interpretación de la información.

Visual Processing Disorders by Age Group

Visual processing disorders can cause problems in academic and social skills. Read about common difficulties and accommodations for each stage of life; early childhood, school age, as well as teenager and adult.

Visual Processing Disorders: In Detail

Visual processing disorders can cause problems in academic and social skills. Read about each type of visual processing disorder, the difficulties observed, and the strategies that can be used. Learn about visual discrimination, visual figure-ground discrimination, visual sequencing, visual memory and others.

Basic Principles of APD Management: Thinking Outside the Box

Environmental Modification of APD at Home

Basic Principles of APD Management: All the World's a Stage: Environmental Modification at School

Management of APD should incorporate three primary principles: (1) environmental modifications, (2) remediation (direct therapy) techniques, and (3) compensatory strategies. All three of these components are necessary for APD intervention to be effective. Learn more about what can be done in the classroom to help students with auditory processing disorder.

Auditory Processing Disorders and Dyslexia

Children with dyslexia are often referred to the audiologist to be evaluated for auditory processing disorder (APD). The relationship between dyslexia and APD is can be confusing, and this article helps professionals untangle the symptoms of the different difficulties.

Auditory Processing Descriptive Teaching Group

Learn to improve the ability of your student's to listen and process what they hear. Six auditory skills training techniques are listed that teachers can use during the school day.

Visual and Auditory Processing Disorders

The National Center for Learning Disabilities provides an overview of visual and auditory processing disorders. Learn common areas of difficulty and how to help children with these problems

Understanding Processing Deficits

Expressive language, visual memory--these and a dozen other difficulties are processing deficits. These affect how people understand information from other people. To help your students, learn about processing deficits and the strategies that will help each one.

Uses and Misuses of Processing Tests

Central Auditory Processing Disorder: When is Evaluation Referral Indicated?

Living and Working with a Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)