Attention Deficits: Is it ADD/ADHD or APD?

Children with attention deficits can be hard to diagnose. Is it attention deficit disorder (ADD)/ Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder (ADHD) or is it an Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)? Or both? Auditec offers tools to help professionals correctly diagnose children so that appropriate steps can be taken to manage the attention deficit.

Many professionals still rely on solely on subjective information such as observations by parents and teachers to diagnose ADD/ADHD. However, there is an objective, quantifiable test to help diagnose (or rule out) ADD/ADHD as a cause of the child’s attention deficit. It is called the Auditory Continuous Performance Test (ACPT). This test is a recorded word list given in quiet (no background noise). The child listens and responds to a target word. It is a pass or fail test with normative data on ages 6-11.

The Selective Auditory Attention Test (SAAT) is an auditory figure ground test to help diagnose auditory processing disorders in children aged 4-9. It was developed to aid in the early identification of young children who have poor ability to attend (attention deficit), especially in noise. This test uses the recorded Word Intelligibility by Picture Identification word list: two lists in quiet and two lists in noise. (The competing message is an interesting story.)

Auditec provides established and reliable tests like the Auditory Continuous Performance Test and Selective Auditory Attention Test. With these tools, skilled professionals can confidently diagnose children with the correct disorder(s). Then recommendations can be customized according to the diagnosis to help the patient succeed in life. “Problem kids” become superheroes, and their skilled professionals do too!

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