"Successful Treatment Techniques for Auditory Processing Disorders"
So you are treating a child with an Auditory Processing Disorder, what are you going to do about it? In this class we focus on giving you proven strategies to effectively treat this CNS weakness by using hierarchically ordered, brain-based interventions. APD's are often an underlying factor in functional deficits such as reading accuracy, fluency and comprehension problems, decreased auditory memory, reduced speech and language skills, limited social-pragmatic skills and attention disorders. Understanding how a child processes sound and knowing where there might be specific breakdowns in the process is necessary for specific targeted intervention. In this program, participants will learn about treatments that can be used to "retrain" the auditory pathways in the brain that are underdeveloped resulting in the elimination of auditory processing problems.
This course has been approved for 13 Contact Hours / 1.3 CEUs. CEUs by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). TheraPeeds, Inc, is an approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
TheraPeeds uses an interactive medium in all classes and the programs are structured to cover each of the learning outcomes in each segment of instruction. The conclusion of each segment involves a review of the content covered and questions to assess the acquisition of learning outcomes.
At the completion of this class participants will be able to:
1. Identify the particular factors that affect auditory processing skills.
2. Understand the functional and therapeutic connection between the vestibular and auditory systems.
3. Name specific treatment strategies for addressing:
a) Auditory inattentiveness.
b) Decoding and figure ground deficits.
c) Sound blending deficits.
d) Auditory memory deficits.
e) Prosodic and integration deficits Continuing.
Occupational Therapists, Audiologists, Speech Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, Educators and Administrators who are interested in learning PRACTICAL information focusing on the treatment of APD and how improving auditory processing skills can increase a child's overall functioning in school and home.
- Introduction and Overview
Discussion of APD and the neuroscience of brain-based interventions.
- Can you hear me now?
Discussion of peripheral system deficits including conductive hearing loss and sensory (cochlear) hearing loss and the effects on auditory processing skills.
- Auditory inattentiveness & Deficient auditory localization skills
Strategies for addressing clients who appear to ignore, over-react to or have difficulty with “tuning” into sound.
- Auditory decoding & Auditory figure-ground discrimination deficits
This segment will address the “What?-Huh? Syndrome” or children who seem to mis-hear what has been said unless they are in a quiet, one-to-one listening situation.
- Phonemic synthesis (auditory sound blending) deficits
Strategies to address processing deficits that affect a child’s ability to sound out words for reading.
- Auditory organization deficits
Treatment strategies to address problems with auditory attention, memory and sequencing
- Auditory prosodic deficits, Auditory integration deficits, Auditory association deficits
- Reading non-verbal cues (social skills)
- Following multi-step directions (attention and learning).
- Understanding what has been said.
- Organizing thoughts for verbal expression.
- Using the correct grammar for language expression.
- Case Studies