Adverse Effects of Auditory Processing Disorders on School Performance The precise prevalence of auditory processing disorder (APD) is not known at present. However, it is estimated that as many as half of all children with learning disabilities— or 2 to 3% of the total school-aged population—exhibit APD (Chermak & Musiek, 1997). Many authors have discussed the presumed relationship between ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2002
Adverse Effects of Auditory Processing Disorders on School Performance
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  • Teri James Bellis
    Department of Communication Disorders University of South Dakota, vermillion, SD
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Article   |   July 01, 2002
Adverse Effects of Auditory Processing Disorders on School Performance
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, July 2002, Vol. 3, 8-12. doi:10.1044/sbi3.2.8
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, July 2002, Vol. 3, 8-12. doi:10.1044/sbi3.2.8
The precise prevalence of auditory processing disorder (APD) is not known at present. However, it is estimated that as many as half of all children with learning disabilities— or 2 to 3% of the total school-aged population—exhibit APD (Chermak & Musiek, 1997). Many authors have discussed the presumed relationship between APD and learning, language, and communication difficulties exhibited by school-aged children (e.g., Bellis, 2002, in press a, b; Bellis & Ferre, 1999; Chermak & Musiek, 1997; Jerger & Musiek, 2000). The presence of APD in a child may impede acoustic access to information presented in the classroom setting and has been linked to learning difficulties in spelling, reading, and other areas either reliant on or associated with auditory function; secondary metacognitive and metalinguistic deficits; and a variety of language and other communication disorders (e.g., ASHA, 1996; Bellis & Ferre, 1999; Campbell & McNeil, 1985; Chermak & Musiek, 1997; Jerger, Martin, & Jerger, 1987; Keith, 1986; Tallal, Miller, & Fitch, 1993).
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