Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)

APD often starts in childhood but some people develop it later.

If you or your child have APD, you may find it difficult to understand:

  • people speaking in noisy places

  • people with strong accents or fast talkers

  • similar sounding words

  • spoken instructions

APD is not a hearing problem. People with the condition usually have normal hearing.

From NHS website 

Top Tips


  • talk face to face

  • use pictures and text

  • repeat or rephrase things if necessary

  • use carpet and soft furnishings to reduce room noise


  • do not cover your mouth when talking

  • do not talk in long complicated sentences

  • do not speak too fast or too slow

  • do not have background noise, like TV and radio