A variety of tests are available to evaluate central auditory nervous system (CANS) function. Because a number of central auditory processing tests have been shown to primarily assess specific areas of the central auditory nervous system, it is important that a comprehensive test battery be utilized for CAP assessment. Although screening tools exist to evaluate the central auditory nervous system, their use is limited to only identifying a need for more in-depth diagnostic testing.
The Able Kids Foundation offers in-depth testing of the central auditory nervous system that targets several areas of the CANS, including cerebral cortex and brainstem function. The Foundation’s one-of-a-kind comprehensive test battery, only available in Fort Collins, is administered by audiologists certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and provides a blueprint of CANS function. This guides the development of an individualized management plan and provides solutions for individuals with central auditory processing disorder (CAPD). Some tasks are normed for individuals 6 years of age and older and require verbal responses to the stimuli presented. Another protocol uses a picture-pointing response format and allows for the testing of younger children with receptive language levels of 3 to 6 years of age. The use of age normed tests, with cross-checks of test performance, provide reliable and valid test outcomes for individuals as young as three years of age.
Scheduling An Appointment
Evaluations are scheduled at the Able Kids Foundation Monday through Thursday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The length of the appointment is 3 hours. Testing is completed in one and a half hours with the remainder of the appointment spent reviewing case history information, as well as results and recommendations. A detailed report of our findings provides insightful information and management solutions for individuals with central auditory processing challenges.
Because the Able Kids Foundation sees children and adults from around the world, we do not work directly with insurance companies. Billing codes can be provided upon request prior to scheduling an appointment so families can determine what services may or may not be covered by their policy. You do not need a previous diagnosis or referral to be seen at the Foundation unless your insurance company requires this.
The Sponsorship Assistance Program provides financial assistance to families in need of central auditory processing evaluation and management. Through the generosity of others, this program provides life-changing opportunities for children and adults with central auditory processing disorder.
If you have additional questions regarding our services or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us.