Int Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2014; 18 - a2294
DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1389004

Analysis of the Main Problems Reported by Parents of Children with Auditory Processing Disorders in Directed Interview

Diana Weber Bartz 1, Bruna Salazar Castro da Rocha 1, Gabriela Camargo Vargas 1, Luíza Silva Vernier 1
  • 1Universidade Federal de Ciências da Saúde de Porto Alegre

Introduction: Auditory processing involves the skills of listening, recognizing, and responding to information. Children with auditory processing disorder often have a great variety of educational and communicative complaints, including failure to follow complex verbal instructions, poor verbal cognitive performance, reading and writing difficulties, language delay, impaired attention, among others. Such complaints are commonly seen in daily life and related by people close to these children.

Objectives: To indicate the main complaints reported by parents or guardians of children with auditory processing.

Methods: A quantitative cross-sectional study in a public elementary school. Anamnesis about children with auditory processing disorders was answer by parents or guardians of children diagnosed with auditory processing disorder. The sample consisted of 12 children aged between 9 and 14 years.

Results: The main complaints found in the anamnesis were lack of attention; difficulty in conversation, especially in groups and in noisy environments; and difficulties in reading, writing, and speaking. The behavior characteristics more prominent were stillness, lack of attention, and constant stirring.

Conclusion: It highlights the importance of detection and analysis of auditory processing disorders in children, as well as complaints from their parents to be able to conduct proper and early rehabilitation.

Keywords: Auditory processing, learning, language.