What does an Auditory Processing Evaluation entail?
• A health history
• A full hearing assessment
• An auditory processing test protocol and consult, which reviews the results from the full hearing assessment and provides recommendations. The test will ask your child to repeat numbers, words, beep patterns, etc. that are presented through headphones. Stimuli will be competing with one another or presented in a compromised manner. The whole appointment takes about two hours.
How young can you test for an Auditory Processing Disorder?
A full diagnostic evaluation can be performed at the age of seven. Screenings are available at the ages of five and six if the child is able to sit and listen to the stimuli and repeat what is presented to him/her for about an hour.
What happens once the testing is completed?
The testing results are discussed with you at the end of the appointment. Typically, there are two main types of Auditory Processing Disorders. Depending on the pattern noted during testing, we make recommendations based on the needs and resources available. There are usually interventions that can be done at home, school, or with other outpatient therapies. In that situation, you will receive a full report.
Does your agency offer any intervention programs?
Yes. We offer a user-friendly home music based program called the Johansen Individualized Auditory Stimulation program (previously called HSAS, or Hemisphere Specific Auditory Stimulation). This includes a customized music CD to listen to 20 minutes a day through stereo headphones. After listening to the CD for about eight weeks, you or your child will return to A Chance To Grow and the audiologist will create a new CD. You will go through three CDs in about six months and then complete a final evaluation before the audiologist gives you or your child a maintenance CD to complete the program.