Auditory Processing Disorder

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Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)

Setting Kids Up for Success


Smiling girl taking a hearing test for Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD).

Children with auditory processing disorder (APD) have trouble making sense out of what they hear. Most kids with APD — often also called “central auditory processing disorder” (CAPD) — don’t have hearing loss. They just have a hard time being able to tell the differences between the sounds in words. It’s a complex problem that affects about 5 percent of children. At Nemours, our audiologists are experts at diagnosing auditory processing disorder and helping children learn to manage it. We work with families to figure out what’s going on and find the right therapy, so that kids can be successful in school and life.

Auditory Processing Disorder Testing & Therapy

Auditory Processing Disorder Testing & Therapy


Sometimes kids who were diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) actually end up having auditory processing disorder instead. They may take longer to respond to questions or may score lower on tests. But that’s only because they have trouble processing and translating what they hear.

We recommend specialized auditory processing disorder testing if your child has:

  • trouble following spoken directions, especially when there are many steps
  • trouble listening, hearing or focusing when it’s very noisy or there’s background noise
  • trouble understanding and responding to speech
  • extra sensitivity to loud sounds
  • inattention/easily distracted
  • speech, language or learning challenges

These challenges can be so frustrating for kids that they may become aggressive or withdrawn, or act impulsively.

Many children diagnosed with auditory processing disorder can develop better skills over time as their auditory system becomes more mature. Although there’s no known cure, working with our speech-language therapists and using assistive listening devices can help kids make sense of sounds and develop good communication skills. We’ll also teach your child (and family) skills and strategies to use at home and at school. 

Why Choose Us

Why Choose Us


Although kids can be screened for hearing problems at schools and doctors’ offices, only a trained audiologist has the expertise and certification to diagnose central auditory processing disorder. At Nemours, our pediatric audiologists are experienced in working with children with auditory processing disorder. Our specialized programs provide complete diagnosis and treatment. And we work with schools and teachers to make sure they understand auditory processing disorder and kids have what they need to succeed.

Regional Auditory Processing Disorder Highlights

Services, programs, facilities and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.

We offer care for children with auditory processing disorder at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.). We’re Delaware’s only hospital-based referral for children with CAPD. We also provide testing and treatment at select satellite Nemours duPont Pediatrics locations.

We offer care for children with auditory processing disorder at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando) and select satellite Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations.

We offer care for children with auditory processing disorder at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville (working with Wolfson Children’s Hospital). We’re North Florida’s referral center for children with CAPD. We also provide testing and treatment at select satellite Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations.

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