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. Clinical recommendations may include one of more of the following:
Evaluation with a CHC audiologist
Your child may be evaluated by a CHC audiologist for an official APD diagnosis. Audiology 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;
- Work with speech pathologists and other clinicians to construct a personalized treatment approach.
Evaluation and therapy with a CHC speech pathologist
If you suspect that your child’s listening/language/learning is not progressing typically, a CHC speech-language pathologist can diagnose a listening/language delay or disorder. A speech-language pathologist will work one-on-one with your child to verify an APD diagnosis and provide intervention strategies to improve listening/language function. The speech-language pathologist will:
- Evaluate your child’s receptive/expressive language and listening skills relative to other children his/her age;
- Pinpoint specific speech and language deficits and differentiate APD from other possible diagnoses (e.i., differential diagnosis);
- Design an intervention approach that will help your child better process, understand and use language;
- Consult with professionals involved with your child;
- Make appropriate referrals if needed.
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