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ADHD and APD

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often experience challenges in various areas, including difficulties with attention, impulsivity, and executive functions. Executive function is like the brain’s manager – it helps you plan, organize, pay attention, and get things done. It is what lets you juggle different tasks, make decisions, and stay focused on what you need to do. Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) can intensify these challenges, as it involves difficulties in processing and interpreting auditory information. Children with ADHD may exhibit symptoms that overlap with APD, such as trouble following verbal directions, being easily distracted by background noise, and struggling to filter and organize auditory stimuli.

The link between ADHD and APD lies in the complex relationship of how the brain filters and organizes information received from the 8 sensory nervous systems including our visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, gustatory, vestibular, proprioceptive, and interoceptive systems. Insight into the link between ADHD and APD is essential for accurate diagnosis and effective intervention. While ADHD and APD may present challenges independently, a tailored approach that addresses both conditions can significantly improve the overall functioning and well-being of an individual who experiences dual diagnosis.

Auditory Processing Evaluations

Assessing auditory processing disorder in children with ADHD is crucial to identify and address specific auditory processing difficulties. APD assessment can provide valuable insights into the individual’s auditory strengths and weaknesses, allowing for targeted interventions to enhance auditory processing skills. Audiologists through our sister company Monkey Ears can evaluate and diagnose an Auditory Processing Disorder utilizing the well-respected Buffalo Model.

The Buffalo Model stands as a crucial framework used by audiologists to evaluate and diagnose APD. It provides a structured approach to assess the various components of auditory processing that might be affected in individuals with this disorder. Through the Buffalo Model, our audiologists investigate various aspects of auditory processing, such as auditory discrimination, temporal processing, sound localization, and auditory memory, among others. These assessments help pinpoint specific areas of weakness in processing auditory information.

Monkey Mouths ADHD & Auditory Processing Disorders

Occupational Therapy Treatment for ADHD and APD

Children with ADHD and APD often face challenges in various daily activities, including academic tasks and social interactions. Occupational therapy becomes essential in addressing these difficulties by focusing on enhancing sensory processing and integration. At Monkey Mouths, our Occupational Therapists (OTs) use a comprehensive approach, addressing the impact of attention, executive function deficits, and sensory processing challenges on daily functioning. Our OTs work with children to develop strategies to improve auditory discrimination, auditory memory, and overall auditory processing skills.

Monkey Mouths ADHD & Auditory Processing Disorders
Monkey Mouths ADHD & Auditory Processing Disorders

These interventions can positively impact the child’s ability to function in different environments, promoting success in school, social settings, and daily life.

Speech Therapy Treatment for APD

At Monkey Mouths, our speech pathologists receive specialized training through the Auditory Processing Institute (API) to provide auditory processing therapy for our patients that have been diagnosed with APD by a certified audiologist. The API model is a structured and comprehensive approach aimed at addressing deficits in auditory processing skills. This specialized therapy, based on the API model, focuses on assessing and targeting specific auditory processing difficulties such as auditory discrimination, auditory sequencing, and auditory memory. Through a series of tailored exercises and activities, individuals engage in tasks designed to improve their ability to process and interpret auditory information effectively.

The API model employs various techniques to enhance auditory processing abilities, including:

By targeting these specific areas of auditory processing, the therapy aims to improve listening skills, comprehension, and overall communication for individuals experiencing challenges in processing auditory information.

Auditory Processing Institute (API)