Psychometric Evaluation of Children With Auditory Processing Disorder (APD): Comparison With Normal-Hearing and Clinical Non-APD Groups PurposeTo investigate the clinical utility of the Children's Auditory Processing Performance Scale (CHAPPS; Smoski, Brunt, & Tannahill, 1992) to evaluate listening ability in 12-year-old children referred for auditory processing assessment.MethodThis was a prospective case control study of 97 children (age range = 11;4 [years;months] to 12;7). Auditory processing disorder (APD) ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2012
Psychometric Evaluation of Children With Auditory Processing Disorder (APD): Comparison With Normal-Hearing and Clinical Non-APD Groups
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Vasiliki Iliadou
    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Doris Eva Bamiou
    UCL Ear Institute, London, United Kingdom
  • Correspondence to Vasiliki Iliadou: viliad@auth.gr
  • Editor: Sid Bacon
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  • Associate Editor: Dennis McFarland
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Article   |   June 01, 2012
Psychometric Evaluation of Children With Auditory Processing Disorder (APD): Comparison With Normal-Hearing and Clinical Non-APD Groups
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 2012, Vol. 55, 791-799. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2011/11-0035)
History: Received February 9, 2011 , Revised May 29, 2011 , Accepted September 22, 2011
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 2012, Vol. 55, 791-799. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2011/11-0035)
History: Received February 9, 2011; Revised May 29, 2011; Accepted September 22, 2011
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PurposeTo investigate the clinical utility of the Children's Auditory Processing Performance Scale (CHAPPS; Smoski, Brunt, & Tannahill, 1992) to evaluate listening ability in 12-year-old children referred for auditory processing assessment.

MethodThis was a prospective case control study of 97 children (age range = 11;4 [years;months] to 12;7). Auditory processing disorder (APD) was diagnosed based on findings of deficits on at least 1 nonverbal test and on at least 2 tests of an auditory processing test battery. Clinically referred children were grouped as APD (n = 38) or non-APD (n = 20).

ResultsThe study found that (a) the APD group performed lower than the non-APD group on the Quiet, Ideal, Memory (p < .0001), and Attention (p < .05) subscales of the CHAPPS; (b) the non-APD group performed lower than the group with normal hearing on the Noise, Multiple Inputs, and Attention subscales (p < .0001); and (c) there were significant moderate-to-strong correlations (Spearman's ρ > .04) between Dichotic Digits, Duration Pattern tests, and the CHAPPS Attention, Memory, and total scores.

ConclusionThe CHAPPS may be a clinically useful tool to evaluate listening ability in 12-year-old children suspected of having APD. Restricting use of the CHAPPS to older children may help address its limitations as reported by other studies.

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