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Quick Guide to Indicate Possibility of an Auditory Processing Difficulty

Below is a list of some of the common behavioural characteristics in individuals with auditory processing difficulties; many of these behavioural characteristics are not unique to an auditory processing difficulty. Some may also be noted in individuals with other types of deficits or disorders, such as attention deficits, hearing loss, behavioural problems, and learning difficulties.
  • Talks or likes T.V. louder than normal.
  • Often needs remarks, instructions etc repeated.
  • Difficulty sounding out words especially unfamiliar ones.
  • "Ignores" people, especially if engrossed in an activity.
  • Unusually sensitive to sounds.
  • Is uncomfortable in places where there is a lot of noise or the acoustics are poor e.g. shops, swimming pool, parties.
  • Asks lots of extra informational questions as if to check the original.
  • Confuses similar sounding words.
  • Difficulty remembering and following directions in series.
  • Speech developed late or is unclear.
  • Poor "communicator", tends to come across as terse.
  • Poor recall of oral information.
  • "Comprehends" better when looking at speaker.
  • Difficulty understanding rapid speech.
If you find yourself ticking several items we would advise you to contact the Centre for further assessment.


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