Diagnosing auditory processing disorder
An auditory processing disorder can be detected by a variety of personal, educational and professional figures in your child’s life. As a parent, you may see a pattern with restlessness or forgetfulness (with household chores, for instance), while a teacher might notice your child struggling academically.
If your child shows any signs of APD, you can first contact CHC for a phone consultation with one of our Auditory Processing Center’s licensed clinicians. This initial consultation is an opportunity to gain insight into your child’s specific symptoms and comfortably voice your concerns. We then use our base of knowledge to recommend further steps for evaluation and treatment.
Evaluation with a CHC audiologist
Your child may be evaluated by a CHC audiologist for an official APD diagnosis. Central auditory processing disorder (or CAPD) testing is most useful for children 7 years or older, the age at which a child’s brain starts to process more expansive information. In evaluating your child, the audiologist will:
- Confirm your child does not have a physical hearing loss (CHC audiologists verify hearing function by testing your child’s response to pure sound tones);
- Evaluate your child with other varied stimuli (e.g. responses to complex oral information, word sequencing, and slight discrepancies in speech);
- Use background noise to simulate a natural listening environment.
For children ages 5-7, a CAPD screening (rather than test) may be recommended.
Additionally, your CHC audiologist will review and discuss results of multi-disciplinary evaluations such as neuro-psychological, psycho-educational and speech/language evaluations and provide perspective on your child’s performance in each area compared to age-matched peers.
You’ll receive a comprehensive report summarizing behavioral test findings and detailing management options including deficit-specific strategies to improve the child’s specific auditory weaknesses. This integrated approach to APD identification ensures the most appropriate and targeted recommendations for management and deficit-specific intervention in home and school environments.
The good news is that children with CAPD who receive appropriate diagnoses and management can become more effective listeners, enabling them to gain confidence and succeed in the classroom.
Learn more + contact us
The Auditory Processing Center at CHC
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