15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Subprofiles of Auditory Processing Disorders in Children

Lian Nijland (1), Sjoeke van der Meulen (1), Ben Maassen (2)

(1) University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands
(2) University Medical Center Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Auditory processing disorder (APD) is a deficit in the processing of auditory input that intervenes with the ability to understand speech in noisy environments, follow spoken instructions, and discriminating speech sounds. In this study 109 children with suspected APD were tested on an auditory processing testbattery. The results show that most problems emerged in the low-redundancy speech tasks, suggesting that most children have problems with auditory closure. Furthermore, problems in binaural separation, binaural interaction, and neuromaturation have been suggested. Considering the group data we could not find evidence for more problems in temporal processing in this group as compared to the reference data of the normally developing group. More analyses concerning possible subprofiles in the individual data will be presented at the congress.

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Bibliographic reference.  Nijland, Lian / Meulen, Sjoeke van der / Maassen, Ben (2003): "Subprofiles of auditory processing disorders in children", In ICPhS-15, 1393-1396.