In the advent of school closings due to the coronavirus outbreak, parents and educators are faced with the challenge of ensuring that our children continue to progress academically. At the same time, it is estimated that between 5% and 10% of school-aged children present with an auditory processing difficulty. This means in a classroom of 25 students, it is likely that between one and three of these students has difficulty processing speech and language auditorily, which in turn impacts learning, whether that is at home or in a classroom.
We are pleased to announce that Aberdeen Audiology now offers — via HIPAA-compliant telehealth — evidence-based, professionally supervised and administered testing and therapy for auditory processing disorders!
Signs and symptoms include:
- If someone says “What?” or “huh?” a lot, even when that person has heard much of what was said
- Difficulty mastering reading and reading comprehension
- Spelling issues
- Distracted and inattentive behavior
- Difficulty understanding speech when there are only mild or moderate amounts of competing noise.
- Inability to efficiently follow spoken directions.
The above signs and symptoms can be due to a number of causes, including attentional disorders like ADHD and executive function difficulties, and a APD evaluation can help to determine if these difficulties are due to auditory processing deficits as opposed to (or in addition to) other causes.
If therapy is indicated following testing, therapy sessions can be performed twice per week, also via teleheath. The vast majority of patients see a significant increase in performance on post-therapy testing and self-report improved performance as well.
If you have questions about referring someone to our office for virtual testing, please do not hesitate to contact us via telephone, the contact page on our website. or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Together, let’s take advantage of this time to help students learn to the best of their abilities