What Can I Expect From My APD Assessment?

Looking for the right APD provider?

This is a common question, “what can I expect to happen at my APD assessment?” Only the audiologist you are seeing can tell you what to expect. What I can share with you is what you should look for: You want to walk away feeling your professional understands your struggle and was able to offer…

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Speech vs. Non-speech Tests in APD Diagnosis

The debate continues… Speech vs. non-speech tests For certain auditory processing assessments it is possible to use a non-speech based stimuli.  For example, it is known that phonemic awareness is a foundational skill that underlies reading.  Phonemic awareness is the ability to recognize and separate out the distinct sounds in a word and, when sounds…

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The Great Debate: Is APD “Real”?

The Debate A great debate exists questioning whether Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is even “real”? Could APD exist when test items are speech based or should a diagnosis be based only on tests using non-speech items?  (For more about speech vs. non-speech based APD testing see here.) This thinking was based on the belief that…

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Behavioral Assessments

Approaches Physiological assessments have a simple approach, measure the function of the anatomical parts in question.  In our case this would mean the parts that make up the auditory pathway.  The pros and cons of this approach with the tools available can be seen in the previous article,  Physiological Assessment of the Auditory System. Behavioral…

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Physiological Assessments of the Auditory System

As a follow up to our introduction on creating an assessment battery (see here), this three part series  will take a closer look at the benefits and limitation of the three different assessment options. Physiological Assessments Benefits These tests assess function objectively based on anatomical areas. This means the person doesn’t have to be actively…

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Assessment Options for Auditory Processing Disorder

There are different approaches we can take in our goal to assess auditory processing. There are benefits and limitations to each of these approaches. Part of what you need to clarify is this, what are you trying to accomplish with your assessment? The answer is not as obvious as it may seem. If your goal…

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Time Is Of The Essence

Too often health issues go unaddressed…until the situation becomes urgent. Unfortunately, by waiting so long the situation can become critical and/or irreversible. Think of the person who dismisses a heart attack because he thinks, “It’s probably just indigestion and will pass soon.  I don’t want to make a big deal out of nothing.” Auditory Conditions…

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What Does Your Child’s Educational Evaluation Really Tell You?

All parents want the best for their children. To advocate for your child’s educational best be sure to be informed. What do your child’s tests really tell you? What is actually being tested? What are the underlying functions necessary to perform well on the test? Are those (bottom-up) functions/processes working properly? Simple things like an…

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Just What Does An Audiologist Do?

    An audiologist helps you maximize your quality of life by ensuring you optimize your auditory access to communication. This is done through these professional activities…     —————————————————-   Assess the entire auditory system —————————————————-   Catch other comorbid conditions —————————————————-   Diagnose auditory disorders —————————————————-   Manage auditory disorders —————————————————-   Provide…

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