This publication documents the research and outcomes of an independent review of Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) in New Zealand, which was undertaken on behalf of the Ministries of Health and Education by Sapere Research Group. The purpose of the review was to identify best practice and make recommendations for the management of auditory processing disorder in children (age 0 to 15 years) and, in particular, the provision of hearing devices for these children.
The key aim of the review was the completion of a position paper that the two ministries could use as the basis for forward planning. Unfortunately this could not be done due to the complexity of issues identified.
Overall, the review found that there was no consensus view on the assessment for or the management of APD. The two Ministries now plan to establish a reference group to progress this work.