What is auditory processing disorder?

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What is auditory processing disorder?

An auditory processing disorder is a sensory processing disorder in the auditory system, which basically, what is the ear hearing that the brain is not doing. The problem is not with the ear, it is with the brain. People with auditory processing disorders have a difficulty really perceiving almost any auditory information they are given. It can be for a variety of reasons. There's a huge umbrella of auditory processing. There are several different levels of processing information of the information that's coming in and the break down can be at any level. For instance, if you are talking to your child and telling your child to do something, "Take of your shoes, put them at the front door, and go get your backpack." And your child is looking at you with these big eyes and not doing anything. This may be an auditory processing delay, where your child, somehow, has not put that whole message together. They are either missing words, they are not remembering, auditory memory is part of an auditory processing delay. They are not remembering what they just heard or they are dropping words out of what you just said because they can't discriminate over the sounds that you just used. It's a perfect example of a child with an auditory processing disorder.

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Speech Pathologist

As a Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Neurodevelopmental Learning Institute/Brain Enhancement Institute, Erin Kayem is a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist, with a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.

Erin graduated from the University of Manitoba, Canada, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Linguistics. She also graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders. Once completing her undergraduate work, Erin went on to obtain her Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology from Fort Hays State University in Kansas.

Erin has had extensive experience working with children of all ages in various medical and clinical settings. This has given her a strong background in all areas of child and adolescent speech and language delays/disorders, including, neurogenic speech and language disorders, oral motor and swallowing disorders, voice disorders and apraxia. Erin also specializes in the treatment of auditory processing disorders and other learning disabilities as they relate to speech and language development. She is a national speaker, author, trainer, and mother. Her years of dedication to the field have helped both children and adults.

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