Behaviours typical for that of a child with an auditory processing disorder include:
- frequent misunderstandings
- difficulties remembering and following instructions
- difficulties listening in the presence of background noise (e.g. the classroom).
- poor organisational skills and rarely complete tasks
- respond slowly or inappropriately to questions
- generally perform well 1:1
- easily distracted
- unable to maintain their attention for appropriate amounts of time
- often exhausted and emotional at the end of a school day
A child with an auditory processing disorder (APD) is unable to take advantage of incidental learning and often requires information to be repeated. They may confuse similar sounding speech sounds, have difficulties with spelling and reading, and show slow progress at school.
As a result of the above behaviours some, but not all, children will have difficulties progressing academically. For example, a child with an APD may have not heard the complete instructions for a task and rather than spending time practicing the specific skill in the classroom they spend most of their time trying to work out what they are required to do.