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2020 was a promising year for participation at conferences with sessions on auditory processing disorder (APD), until a world pandemic resulted in the cancellation of most conferences internationally. Dr Bill Keith, Director of SoundSkills, was planning to report APD research findings at the Hearing Across the Lifespan (HeAL) conference in northern Italy, and the American Academy of Audiology annual conference in New Orleans, both at venues that were early Covid 19 hotspots. Both conferences were cancelled. The HeAL conference has been rescheduled for mid 2021 and the AAA 2021 Convention will be held as an online conference. An Australia-New Zealand online audiology conference was hastily arranged and Prof Suzanne Purdy and Dr Keith made a joint presentation on New Zealand APD research. Dr Keith also presented on APD at New Zealand conferences of paediatricians (live), educational psychologists (online), and Ear Nose and Throat Surgeons (live). APD teaching for audiology and speech-language students at the University of Auckland was all conducted online. SoundSkills staff conducted seminars for various groups including resource teachers for learning and behaviour (RTLBs), the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre, and parent seminars.

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