Julia Harper, PhD, OTR/L and Aimee Levine Weiner, Aud; published in Advance OT Magazine
Please note that studies published before 2019 refer to the Focus System as (iLs).
Summary: Therapeeds, a private clinic in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, gathered data on 29 children diagnosed with APD (auditory processing disorder) who completed the Therapeeds’ H.O.P.E. sensory motor program combined with iLs. Among the pre- and post-program results are the following:
- Vestibular function: Pre-testing indicated 0 of the 29 children had intact vestibular processing skills measured by the PrN and functional skills. Post-testing showed all 29 in normal range.
- Auditory Processing Skills: Post-intervention, 22 of the 29 children had auditory processing skills that were completely within normal limits in every area.
- Medications: Seven of 29 children began this therapy on medication for attention-related concerns. By the end of the program, the medications for all 7 had all been discontinued.
- ABR Binaural Summation: Pre-intervention ABR tests showed all 29 children had little difference between listening with one ear and listening with both ears (binaural summation). Post-intervention, all 29 tested in the normal range.