Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) (previously known as “Central Auditory Processing Disorder” (CAPD) is a disorder in the way auditory information is processed in the brain. It is not primarily due to a sensory (inner ear) or hearing impairment; individuals with APD usually have peripheral hearing within a normal range. APD is an umbrella term that describes a variety of problems in the neurological pathways between the ear and the brain that can interfere with processing auditory information including: inability to hear auditory messages, distinguish between similar sounds or words, separate relevant speech from background noise, and the ability to recall and comprehend what was heard. Auditory processing disorders can affect development of speech, language and communication as well as reading and spelling, resulting in dyslexia and/or problems with talking and understanding.
This range of difficulties can exist as discrete categories or in combination and include specific problems such as:
Johansen Individualised Auditory Stimulation (IAS) does not set out to diagnose or treat Auditory Processing Disorder, which normally requires diagnosis by an audiologist and speech and language therapist.
INPP using Johansen IAS can help to identify individual auditory processing difficulties and with the use of individual auditory stimulation, train the auditory system and related pathways to work more efficiently.
INPP Chester offers assessment and therapy using Johansen IAS.
Johansen IAS is one form of Sound Therapy or Auditory Integration Therapy. It has been developed in Denmark by Dr. Kjeld Johansen, (see www.dyslexia-lab.dk) from original work by Christian A. Volf. The programme involves listening to a series of specially recorded, individually customised music CDs for 10 to 15 minutes per day, for a period of approximately 9 months. The CDs can be listened to at any time of the day, through headphones on a personal stereo or on a more sophisticated music centre.
The music, developed in Denmark by Bent Peder Holbech of Rotna Music, is pleasant and easy to listen to and wherever possible is customised to the specific needs of the individual using computer technology and software developed by Mediacenter in Sweden – see www.sensograph.com. The music is designed to stimulate the nerve pathways into and within the brain – in particular the areas dealing with language – and thus improve language processing abilities.
Concentration, listening and understanding of language are all enhanced as the subskills for learning become more efficient. Gains in reading and spelling are also often seen, as the ability to analyse the sound structure of words is strengthened.
Other forms of Sound Therapy include The Listening Programme, The Tomatis Method, AIT (Auditory Integration Training), Samonas Sound Therapy and Musica Medica.
For professionals seeking information about training in Johansen IAS in the UK, contact:
If your child has been diagnosed, or is showing other symptoms of NDD, please complete a free NDD Child Screening Test. Alternatively, for adults, if you think neuromotor immaturity (NMI) may be a factor in your problems, please contact INPP to request a full adult information pack.