Auditory Processing Deficit Assessments

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Auditory Processing Disorder or Deficit can be tested and treated in all populations. Essentially, the patient has normal hearing sensitivity but difficulty with certain auditory information and understanding meanings and content. APD in kids can be differentiated from ADHD and ADD. We recommend APD testing prior to ADHD testing so that this differentiation can be useful in further testing and diagnosis of the child pending the outcome of APD testing.

We provide a variety of screening and diagnostic tests for APD for kids and adults. Children should meet the following criteria. Children must be seven years of age and older, have normal hearing in both ears (tested within 6 months of the APD assessment), speak and understand English with a psychological cognitive assessment within the past three years with results comparable to WISC-IV full scale score of 80+. Children cannot present with a cognitive challenge such as Autism. Ears must be clear of wax or any blockage such as middle ear fluid.

If your child requires a psychology assessment we can have that arranged locally.

Adults can also be tested for and treated for auditory processing deficit as well with treatments and technologies available to treat and manage the specific kind of processing challenge.

Details of recommended tests, treatments and intervention options will be introduced at the free consultation. If you’re a parent bringing a child please complete this form prior to the appointment.

Here are some resources for further reading:

psychological services are covered by most extended health care benefits through the family's place of employment (eg. Blue Cross, Great West).

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