Autism Spectrum Disorder and APD

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder may have great difficulty with spoken language comprehension, but it is often the higher-order global deficit causing their difficulties, not just specific auditory dysfunction. While a diagnosis of Auditory Processing Disorder is not always appropriate, these individuals do exhibit deficits in auditory processing and can benefit from APD intervention.

Auditory Processing Center specializes in functional APD assessment for individuals on the autism spectrum to determine the type of auditory processing problems the child is experiencing and help identify effective therapies. Individuals with autism spectrum disorder often have trouble understanding speech, especially in degraded acoustic environments; noise intolerance; temporal processing problems (rhythm, pitch, and timing cues); and ear deficits on dichotic speech tasks (when the ears are competing against each other and hearing different words in each ear at the same time). Due to differences in the corpus callosum, the body of neural fibers connecting the right and left hemispheres, these individuals often have inefficient processing between the two hemispheres of the brain. Many studies have shown this population benefits from dichotic listening therapy and inter-hemispheric transfer exercises as well as deficit-specific intervention.

Because of their primary diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, these patients often aren’t referred to specialists for auditory training or remediation programs.  It is important to be an advocate for this population because individuals with autism spectrum disorder can benefit from therapy to strengthen auditory processing skills.  For more information on treatment of auditory processing deficits in children with autism spectrum disorder contact Auditory Processing Center.

  • Up to 43% of Children with Learning Difficulties Have Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
  • 25% of Children with Learning Difficulties Have APD and Dyslexia
  • Auditory Processing Center, LLC
    541 Highway 80 West
    Suite C
    Clinton, MS 39056
    Phone: (601) 488-4189
    Fax: (601) 488-4888