APD Evaluations

auditory processing therapyThere are many types of auditory processing deficits, and because each child is an individual, APD may manifest itself in a variety of ways.  It is important to look at the whole child in order to fully assess and understand the cluster of problems exhibited by children with APD. This requires pulling information together from multidisciplinary sources.

Prior to your child’s evaluation you will need to complete and return a case history along with questionnaires so that your child’s medical history, developmental milestones, and any observations and concerns can be reviewed. You will be asked to send records of previous testing your child may have had from psychologists, speech-language pathologists, as well as any academic concerns from your child’s teacher. This information is integral to the APD evaluation in order to determine cognitive skills, receptive and expressive speech and language abilities, as well as listening and learning behavior.

The actual diagnosis of auditory processing disorder must be made by an audiologist with specialized training in utilizing a series of tests to evaluate the central auditory nervous system. Professionals from other disciplines may have used tests that incorporate the terms “auditory processing” or “auditory perception,” and while this information is important to understand the child’s overall strengths and weaknesses, none of the tests used by these professionals are diagnostic tools for APD. There are also several commonly utilized screening tests that are useful in determining the need for an APD evaluation, but these instruments do not address all areas that encompass APD. Relying on screening instruments often results in APD being overlooked. Only an audiologist can diagnose or rule out auditory processing disorder.

It is also important to realize that there is not one cure-all method of treating APD. No matter how successful a particular therapy approach may have been for another child, it does not mean it will be effective for your child. They key to appropriate treatment is accurate and careful diagnosis by an audiologist specializing in auditory processing disorders.

  • Up to 43% of Children with Learning Difficulties Have Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
  • 25% of Children with Learning Difficulties Have APD and Dyslexia
  • Auditory Processing Center, LLC
    541 Highway 80 West
    Suite C
    Clinton, MS 39056
    Phone: (601) 488-4189
    Fax: (601) 488-4888