By The Understood Team
It can be hard to tell whether a young child’s difficulty understanding is because of an auditory processing disorder (APD). APD typically isn’t diagnosed until grade school, but there are some warning signs that can be detected in preschool.
The Understood team is composed of passionate writers, editors and community moderators, many of whom have children with learning and attention issues.
Ellen Koslo, Au.D.
Dec 08, 2013
Dec 08, 2013
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@Concerned Grandmother: Thanks for your comment. According Ellen Koslo, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Columbia University Medical Center, experts have different opinions on when a child’s brain is mature enough to be diagnosed with APD. Some say as early as 4 years and others say not until 12. But the majority of experts say 6 is the earliest, and that it’s best to wait until a child is 7 or 8 years old. This is because children develop at different rates.
The truly sad issue is that there isn't anyone who can diagnose a 5 year-old child with APD. Why is this? You only have test for children who are around 7 years of age. This really hinders a child in kindergarten. For the next two years of school this child fails and at whose expense should this fall on the child or the doctor's who cannot come up with a diagnosis prior to 7 years of age. Very sad in today's society of medical technology.
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