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Auditory Processing Disorders in children suspected of Learning Disabilities--a need for screening?

ΤίτλοςAuditory Processing Disorders in children suspected of Learning Disabilities--a need for screening?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsIliadou, V., Bamiou D-E., Kaprinis S., Kandylis D., & Kaprinis G.
JournalInt J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol
Volume73
Issue7
Pagination1029-34
Date Published2009 Jul
ISSN1872-8464
Λέξεις κλειδιάAdolescent, Age Factors, Auditory Perceptual Disorders, Child, Comorbidity, Greece, Humans, Intelligence Tests, Learning Disorders, Prevalence, Psychoacoustics, Reproducibility of Results
Abstract

AIM: The current study aims to assess: (a) the prevalence of auditory processing in a population of children reporting learning difficulties, (b) the correlation of APD diagnosis with age, the intelligence coefficient (IQ) and with the presence of a specific learning disability such as dyslexia and (c) to evaluate the reliability of each auditory processing test used in this study in identifying APD.METHOD: We evaluated one hundred and twenty-seven consecutive children referred to the academic tertiary LD Clinic of the Psychiatric Department by means of a psychoacoustic mainly non-verbal test battery.RESULTS: APD was found to be present in 43.3% and co-existing with developmental dyslexia in 25% of cases. The diagnosis of APD correlated with age in that children with APD were younger by 2 years than those without a diagnosis of APD. The diagnosis of APD did not correlate with IQ or with the diagnosis of dyslexia.INTERPRETATION: High prevalence of APD in the targeted group of children suspected of Learning Disabilities sets the grounds for a possible benefit in screening for the disorder.

DOI10.1016/j.ijporl.2009.04.004
Alternate JournalInt. J. Pediatr. Otorhinolaryngol.
PubMed ID19427040

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