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Auditory Processing Disorders
Assessment, Management, and Treatment

Third Edition
Edited by: Donna Geffner, Deborah Ross-Swain
Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 7 x 10" 1 lbs
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Auditory Processing Disorders: Assessment, Management, and Treatment, Third Edition details the definition, behaviors, and co-morbidity of auditory processing disorders while educating the reader on the most current practices for audiological and speech-language assessment of APD, including its impact on literacy and language processing. Practical rehabilitation, management strategies, and direct evidence based treatment programs, including the use of technology, are covered in detail.

This third edition presents the tireless ongoing study, research, and clinical application by the best minds in the field of APD whose work is changing the way clinicians are affecting the lives of thousands of individuals who struggle with APD. This edition emerges as a more thorough study of the discipline, with new authors as well as familiar known experts, new models, evidence based treatment, new approaches from around the globe, and discoveries to render the science more definitive.

The Third Edition includes a global perspective of auditory processing including the latest in evidence base treatment programs. Such additions include:

  • New chapters from internationally renowned authors such as Harvey Dillon, Sharron Cameron (Australia), Doris Bamiou (South America), Vivian Illiadou (Greece), and Carol Lau, (Canada).
  • New chapters addressing neurological brain damage and its impact on auditory processing, psychiatric disorders associated with auditory processing, the impact of otitis media on auditory processing skills, and new methods for diagnosing (spatialized noise test).
  • A new chapter on psychological testing and what psychologists contribute to the full battery of testing, diagnosis, and knowledge base of APD, endorsing an intra-professional collaboration.
  • A new chapter on an evidence based program known as CAPDOTS from Carol Lau in Vancouver with data to support its use in deficit specific remediation.
  • A thoroughly updated chapter from Nina Kraus and her laboratory colleagues at Brain Volts, Northwestern University with a new perspective on categorizing and assessing APD.
  • Updated chapters reflect the current research on AN/AD and the newest relevant tests for the SLP to administer when screening for APD, and treating the phonological aspects of the disorder. Familiar chapters have been updated such as current testing, controversies, and federal law.
  • Continued writings from the names most recognized as experts such as Gail Chermak, Frank Musiek, Jack Katz, Jim Jerger, Harvey Dillon, Gail Richards and Teri Bellis, a "Who’s Who." James Jerger has written the Foreword.
  • ASHA expert Janet McCarty presents information and advice on private third party payors and government agencies for coding and reimbursement.
  • Updated images of new FM systems and Apps for treatment.
  • New and updated resources such as web links, references, technology and apps.
  • Content has been edited to be more concise and user friendly for increased readability and comprehension. Key Points, chapter summary and introductions to each chapter continue to be included to help the reader seek out the salient points.
  • The book was condensed based on reviewer feedback so that it can be used for a semester of study in the discipline with ease of reading and coursework.

The third edition now includes a PluralPlus companion website with added content for continued comprehensive coverage of APD. Auditory Processing Disorders is a highly practical book designed specifically for practicing clinicians and instructors, both audiologists and speech-language pathologists. It contains a comprehensive review of APD and is an excellent resource for upper level audiology students and for educated parents, teachers and other professionals wishing to learn more about APD for themselves, their child and their practice.

Foreword by James Jerger, PhD

Section I. Identification and Assessment

Chapter 1. Current Issues in the Diagnosis and Treatment of CAPD in Children
Renata Filippini, Jeffrey A. Weihing, Gail D. Chermak, and Frank E. Musiek

Chapter 2. Central Auditory Processing Disorders: Definition, Description, Behaviors, and Co-Morbidities
Donna Geffner

Chapter 3. Audiologic Assessment of CAPD
Marni Johnson Martin, Cassandra R. Billiet, and Teri James Bellis

Chapter 4. Deficit-Specific Diagnosis and Remediation of Auditory Processing Disorders
Sharon Cameron and Harvey Dillon

Chapter 5. Thinking Outside the Sound Booth: Assessing and Managing Auditory Processing Disorder in an Auditory-Cognitive Neuroscience Framework
Nina Kraus and Spencer B. Smith

Chapter 6. Auditory Processing in Individuals with Auditory Neuropathy
Gary Rance

Chapter 7. The Speech-Language Pathologist’s Role in the Assessment of Auditory Processing Skills
Deborah Ross-Swain

Chapter 8. Language Processing versus Auditory Processing
Gail J. Richard

Chapter 9. Auditory Processing Disorders and Literacy
Martha S. Burns

Chapter 10. Neuropsychological Evaluations: Differentiating Between Auditory Processing and Related Complexities
Daniel B. Peters and Michelle L. Freeman

Chapter 11. Neurological Brain Damage and Its Impact on Auditory Processing
Doris-Eva Bamiou and Cristina F. B. Murphy

Chapter 12. Auditory Processing in Mental Health
Vasiliki (Vivian) Maria Iliadou

Chapter 13. Otitis Media and Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)
Jack Katz, Thomas R. Zalewski, and Michael Brenner

Section II. Management

Chapter 14. The ABCs of CAP: Practical Strategies for Enhancing Central Auditory Processing and Related Skills
Jeanane M. Ferre

Chapter 15. Management Strategies with FM Systems and Assistive Listening Devices
Donna Geffner

Section III. Evidence Based Treatment and Intervention Programs

Chapter 16. Phonemic Awareness, Reading Abilities, and Auditory Processing Disorders
Jay R. Lucker

Chapter 17. Applicable Applications: Treatment and Technology with Practical, Efficient, and Affordable Solutions
Bunnie Schuler

Chapter 18. Application of Neuroscience to Remediation of Auditory Processing, Attention, Phonological, Attentional, Language and Reading Disorders: The Fast ForWord® Programs
Martha S. Burns

Chapter 19. CAPD Online Therapy System (CAPDOTS™)
Carol A. Lau

Chapter 20. Dichotic Interaural Intensity Difference (DIID) Training
Jeffrey A. Weihing and Frank E. Musiek

Chapter 21. Central Auditory Processing Disorders and the Disabled Child’s Right to Benefits of Public Education
Lina Foltz

Chapter 22. Reimbursement for Central Auditory Processing Disorder
Janet P. McCarty

Chapter 23. Resources and Helpful Websites
Lindsay Lerro

Appendix A. Auditory Processing Disorder: Tips for Parents
Donna Geffner and Deborah Ross-Swain

Appendix B. Auditory Processing Disorder: Tips for Teachers
Donna Geffner and Deborah Ross-Swain


About The Editors

Donna Geffner

Donna Geffner, PhD, CCC-SLP/A, is a dually licensed and certified speech-language pathologist and audiologist. She recently retired after 40 years from her full professorship and her position as Director of the Speech and Hearing Center and the Long Island AuD Consortium program at St John’s University, which she founded. She has maintained a private practice in the areas of auditory processing disorders, language impairment, AD/HD and its related co-morbidities. Dr. Geffner was the initiator of the undergraduate and graduate programs in speech-language pathology and audiology at St. John’s University and held positions as Program Director of the Graduate Program and Department Chair at the university where she was awarded the President’s Medal. She currently continues to teach as an Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University in the AuD program.

Deborah Ross-Swain

Deborah Ross-Swain, EdD, CCC-SLP, is the founder, owner, and clinical director of The Swain Center for Listening, Communicating and Learning. Dr. Swain is the immediate past-president of the California Speech-Language and Hearing Association (CSHA) and served on the CSHA Board of Directors for 10 years. Dr. Swain is the former Chief of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of California, Davis Medical Center and held a clinical staff faculty appointment to the School of Medicine. Dr. Swain is the past president of California Speech Pathologists and Audiologists in Private Practice (CALSPAPP), served on the CSHA Task Force for developing Guidelines for (Central) Auditory Processing Disorders and Encroachment, and chairs the CSHA Task Force for the Early Intervention Initiative as well as the International Collaboration initiative.

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