SoundSkills is a service specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of Auditory Processing Disorder (APD). The team of experts at SoundSkills includes audiologists, a speech-language therapist, and a special education adviser. An APD assessment at SoundSkills includes a full battery of APD tests, as well as comprehensive review of observations of parents, teachers, and other professionals working with the individual.
A range of scientifically validated treatment options - including RMHA system trials, auditory training, and speech-language therapy - are offered by the team at SoundSkills. Support, including school and sometimes home visits, can be provided to ensure the best possible outcome in effectively managing auditory processing difficulties in children with ASD.
The team at SoundSkills has resources and methods for working with individuals with a range of conditions. For autism in particular, difficulties addressed include helping individuals become accustomed to wearing headphones in order to undertake APD testing, and use of strategies to help children stay engaged on lengthy or demanding auditory tasks. The team at SoundSkills is flexible and prepared to work through a customised process to help the individual succeed in achieving an APD assessment, and if diagnosed, successfully participate in treatment.
Team members at SoundSkills are affiliated with experts at university programmes specialising in APD and ASD at the University of Memphis (USA), the University of North Texas (USA), the University of Melbourne (Australia), and the University of Auckland (New Zealand), and are actively engaged in ongoing research in these areas.