AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDER (APD)

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South Australia Speech and Hearing Centre (SASHC) is an independent service provider that is owned and run by two dual qualified speech pathologists and audiologists. The SASHC team specialises in formally diagnosing APD and working with the individual’s difficulty using a multidisciplinary approach to maximise outcomes.

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What is Auditory Processing Disorder?

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) or Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) occurs when an individual has normal hearing but struggles to listen. This condition is thought to be due to an inability to process speech sounds accurately.

Children and adults with APD have difficulty recognising differences between sounds in words, even when the sounds are loud and clear enough to be heard. This is often more challenging when there is background noise, for example, in a classroom.

Up to 7% of children have Auditory Processing Disorder (APD). If your child presents with 2 or more of the risk factors below, they may be struggling with APD.

  1. My child lacks concentration
  2. My child is easily distracted
  3. My child fatigues easily in and after school
  4. My child gets confused and needs instructions to be repeated
  5. My child forgets what is said easily
  6. My child complains of sounds being too loud
  7. My child requires instructions to be shortened
  8. My child lacks attention in school
  9. My child has difficulty sounding out words
  10. My child often hesitates before answering a question
  11. My child does not appear to listen from the start
  12. My child sometimes appears fidgety/not with it/day dreamy

How is APD diagnosed?

Audiologists are the recognised allied health professional for assessment and diagnosis of APD.

All APD assessments begin with an initial hearing test along with a test of middle ear function in order to ensure that hearing is normal.

A series of ‘listening games’ is then performed using state of the art equipment in a fully sound proof booth to determine auditory processing abilities. These abilities are then compared to results from children or adults of the same age who do not have APD in order to evaluate whether the skills are age appropriate.

At SASHC it is recommended that for children these assessments be performed over 2 appointments.

The initial appointment will include a full history of presenting problems and a complete audiological assessment which will take approximately 1 hour. In the event a child has normal hearing and healthy middle ears a second appointment is scheduled on a different day.

At the second appointment a complete APD assessment battery will be performed including tests to see how your child performs in listening when there is competing sound. This should take approximately 1 hour

What if my child is diagnosed as having APD?

If your child is diagnosed with APD, SASHC will provide comprehensive recommendations on how your child’s ‘listening’ skills can be improved. SASHC is able to provide:

What are the benefits of coming to SASHC?

APD crosses the line between hearing and language. SASHC is a unique centre that places audiology and speech pathology in the one location. The assessment and intervention of your child will encompass a holistic approach so your child’s abilities are viewed as a ‘whole’. SASHC therapists will be constantly assessing your child’s speech and language skills throughout the APD assessments to ensure that there are no underlying language issues that may cloud the diagnosis of APD or need addressing separately.