Testing Young Children for APD We want to thank you for publishing Zhanneta Shapiro’s article “Don’t Wait to Diagnose Auditory Processing Disorder” (December 2016). The article clarifies the question of testing young children. Reviews of the 2005 ASHA Technical Report on (C)APD and the 2005 ASHA report on the audiologist’s role in diagnosis of (C)APD ... Inbox
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Testing Young Children for APD
The ASHA Leader, February 2017, Vol. 22, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN.22022017.4
The ASHA Leader, February 2017, Vol. 22, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN.22022017.4
We want to thank you for publishing Zhanneta Shapiro’s article “Don’t Wait to Diagnose Auditory Processing Disorder” (December 2016).
The article clarifies the question of testing young children. Reviews of the 2005 ASHA Technical Report on (C)APD and the 2005 ASHA report on the audiologist’s role in diagnosis of (C)APD reveal nothing stating you must wait for a specific age before testing children. Furthermore, the recent Educational Audiology Association’s 2015 policy statement on auditory processing assessment does not indicate an age limit. The American Academy of Audiology’s 2010 clinical practice guidelines for adults with CAPD even identify a variety of measures that can be used to test young children.
The concern is if we wait, children can miss early-intervention opportunities. They may develop poor self-esteem, negative emotional reactions in conversations and listening in class, and perform poorly in academic subjects because of untreated auditory processing deficits. The focus is to provide interventions that help the child develop and overcome the problems found.
For a list of references to publications regarding auditory processing in young children, email Jay Lucker, apddrj@gmail.com.
Jay R. Lucker, Jack Katz, Angela Loucks Alexander, Bea Braun, Marcie V. Brown, Shahrzad Cohen, Cydney Fox, Patricia Gillilan, Victoria A. Hamilton, Jennifer Higgins, Maryann Kaminsky, Kavita Kaul, Linda B. Kahler, Coral Vazquez Minondo, Ayesha Muniff, Shailashree Nanjundiah, Beth O’Brien, Doris A. Rapisardi, Alicia Swann, Katie Teague, Michael O. Webb, Donna Turetgen, Donna Geffner, Ronni Glass, Beth O’Brien, Susan Van Wie, Shailashree Nanjundiah, Nancy Murray

Read more about how to recognize and diagnose auditory processing disorder in children in an ASHA Leader Blog post (one of the top-performing posts of 2016) by audiologists Stella Fulman and Zhanneta Shapiro.

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