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Auditory Processing Disorder Checklist

Although Auditory Processing Disorder originates in the brain, neurological dysfunction is not observable. APD tends to manifest as poor listening skills or an inability to process auditory information and is often accompanied by motor problems.

It is important that parents do not disregard the indicators of APD – the earlier the condition is identified, the more likely that intervention will have a positive effect.

Does your child frequently demonstrate any of the following problems with expressive language?

  • Doesn’t speak fluently or articulate clearly
  • Has poor vocabulary, sentence structure and grammar usage
  • Displays illogical flow of stories or ideas
  • Uses vague words such as ‘thing’, ‘stuff’, ‘whatever’
  • Problems with receptive language?
  • Needs to hear instructions/directions more than once
  • Appears overwhelmed when there is a lot of auditory activity
  • Misinterprets verbal messages
  • Confuses similar words or sounds
  • Seems distracted or unable to sustain attention when receiving verbal messages

Problems with other language tasks?

  • Cannot associate sounds with their written symbols
  • Tends to spell words phonetically (eg. spelling ‘fire’ as ‘fier’)
  • Reads slowly and has poor reading comprehension

Problems with auditory sensitivity?

  • Finds neutral sounds unpleasant or painful
  • Puts volume of music or television unusually high or unusually low

Demonstrate any of the following physical coordination problems?

  • Poor fine motor skills (using scissors, writing neatly, holding a pencil, etc)
  • Poor gross motor skills (catching a ball, skipping, swimming, etc)
  • Inability to perform many simple physical activities that others of the same age are able to do
  • Falls over and loses balance easily or handles objects clumsily

Demonstrate any of these additional problems?

  • Has poor personal organisation (operating within time limits, approaching tasks in a logical order, etc)
  • Becomes frustrated, overwhelmed or irritated more easily than most children
  • Experiences difficulty with concepts that involve time, direction or sequence