The awareness of Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is minimal compared to the impact it has on its sufferers. Many of those who are aware of the disorder have misconceptions as to what the condition really entails. Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), also known as Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) is a disorder caused by brain malfunction. The brain is responsible for the conversion of audio signals into electrical signals, which helps a person clearly differentiate between meaningful words and noise. Auditory Processing Disorder occurs when your brain fails to convert the audio signals into the appropriate electric signals. This affects a person’s ability to interpret the sounds around him in a clear and concise manner. So a person affected with Auditory Processing Disorder will hear something like “Did you buy a new dog?”, when a person has really asked “Did you buy a new car?”. APD is normally found among children and it requires conscious medical care. People who are affected by Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) and their family members may be eligible for disability tax credits and other benefits offered by the Canadian government.
The causes of Auditory Processing Disorder are varied. Scientists are still not able to understand how all the senses of humans interact to understand and interpret the sounds around them. Hence, in the case of communication disorders they are not able to identify the exact cause. In some cases, Auditory Processing Disorder is associated with the disorders like dyslexia, language impairment and developmental disorders.
The disorder is often associated with children who find it difficult to cope with their studies and do not have any obvious hearing disabilities, which may be a mistake in diagnosis.
Symptoms exhibited by all children affected by Auditory Processing Disorder are more or less common in nature. They include:
- Inability to concentrate on any work they do, and finding it difficult to pay attention in the classrooms.
- Poor memory, especially when something is said orally, the child will not be able to remember what was said.
- Lack of multitasking and the tendency to become confused when faced with multiple directions.
- When exposed to some information, the child may require additional time to process within his or her mind and understand it clearly.
- Having poor language skills, including the inability to understand the sequence of syllables, and hence, finding it difficult to understand language.
- As the learning ability progresses, the academic performance of the child will be affected to a greater extent.
Disability Tax Credits for Auditory Processing Disorder
In order to give a helping hand to those people who are affected by Auditory Processing Disorder, the government is offering disability tax benefits under the categories of mental functions, and possibly, hearing. Take advantage of the tax benefits to support your financial requirements. Call HandyTax to speak to a representative.