Consultations

by | Dec 11, 2019

Has your child been diagnosed with APD but you are still unsure how to help your child?


It is essential to have the right type of intervention in order to address the underlying specific auditory deficits a child has.  A diagnosis of auditory processing disorder is not helpful unless parents are given comprehensive recommendations both for treatment and accommodations.

Some audiologists provide general recommendations that are not individualized or may only suggest classroom accommodations. Auditory Processing Center offers consultations for children evaluated at other facilities that help you understand your child’s specific type(s) of APD and provide detailed, specific recommendations for intervention. A combination of specific programs and/or therapy techniques is often recommended to customize a treatment program for each child to address each deficit area. In addition to appropriate accommodations, we provide very detailed recommendations for therapy, specific activities that can be done at home to target your child’s auditory processing weaknesses, recommendations for speech-language pathologists who are already working with your child, which apps/software programs would be the most helpful for your child, teaching strategies for phonics, sight words, spelling, and math, recommended programs for homeschooling if needed, and language processing activities to promote development of advanced listening skills.

While APD awareness has increased over the last few years, there are still many healthcare providers and educators who have never heard of APD or may not have a clear understanding of what it is.  Quite often people do not realize APD is treatable or they may think the child just needs to have speech/language therapy.  While speech-language pathologists can be very helpful in providing therapy for children with APD, many are not trained or know how to provide appropriate therapy for children for their different types of auditory processing disorders. A child with an auditory processing disorder has different needs than just working on the same skills as a child with a speech/language problem.  Underlying auditory processing deficits should be targeted and not just goals to improve receptive language and higher-level listening comprehension.

Our audiologist is a board-certified educational audiologist with specialized training in the evaluation of central auditory function and over 25 years of experience working with children with auditory processing disorders.  She is a licensed audiology educator with expertise in therapy for children with auditory processing disorder and improving listening and spoken language skills in children with communication disorders. She has developed auditory curriculums for listening skill development and auditory processing intervention, and has interdisciplinary knowledge enabling her to consider the whole child. Since the brain is complex with interrelated functions, this must be considered to improve spoken language processing and help a child succeed in school.

When we provide consultations, the first 15 minutes are free. Then a detailed case history is taken to obtain current symptoms and concerns. This is then followed by a review of this information and any records and reports from previous APD evaluations. We then schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with you to provide verbal recommendations. Longer consultations can be provided if needed. You also have the option for us to provide a consultation report if you would like an official report to share with your child’s school and/or any therapists working with your child.

If you would like more information on our services or would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at 601-488-4189, info@auditorycenter.com, or visit www.auditorycenter.com.