Processing service from Vocalsaints
A processing disorder is a broad term that is used to describe a range of communication disorders. Two common processing disorders are language processing disorder and auditory processing disorder.
In language processing, people will have trouble understanding and making sense of the meaning of the words they hear. They often struggle with following directions and understanding stories or basic concepts. They can appear off task because they do not understand the words being spoken or what their response should be. Understanding jokes or sarcasm is really difficult. It is called aphasia when it affects older people, particularly after a head injury.
For auditory processing, the difficulties lie in hearing and interpreting the message. It is different from hearing loss or deafness. Children with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) typically have normal hearing, but struggle to interpret the sounds they hear, as well as hearing the differences between sounds in words. This can happen even when the sounds are clear and loud enough to be heard. People often struggle to listen when there is background noise. It is a deficit in the processing of auditory information which negatively affects memory, attention, language development, literacy learning and other cognitive skills.
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Speech Language Therapist support
A Speech Language Therapist is able to provide much of the support and intervention required for individuals struggling with language processing and auditory processing, with or without an official diagnosis. Often Therapists can see the ‘early signs’ in younger children and provide information and guidance to support them before they struggle academically and socially.
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