ENH Audiology assess children for Auditory Processing Disorder (APD).
Some of the tests for APD can not be scored reliably for children under 10 years. This is because the auditory system matures as we age. However, this does not mean that children under 10 yrs are not having auditory processing difficulties. Therefore, we recommend formal APD assessment from the age of 8 yrs. Then, if auditory processing difficulties are diagnosed a treatment plan will be given. After this plan has been put in place the assessment is repeated when the child is 11. This is to determine if there has been an improvement.
For younger children; from the age of 6, we can perform a screening AP assessment. Our recommendations for this age group and younger is to use listening tactics. Also to see a Speech Pathologist to provide auditory/language training, if appropriate. Formal APD assessment is then recommended if progress is not made by 8 years of age.
APD assessment starts with a hearing test and middle ear test. It is important to make sure that a child has ‘normal hearing’. Some children suspected of APD have hearing loss due to middle ear problems that have not been diagnosed.
Our APD test battery includes the Acoustic Pioneer Diagnostic APD assessment. As well as tests that assess temporal processing, temporal patterning, binaural integration, binaural interaction and binaural separation. A written report and recommendations based on an individual’s results is then provided.
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