Auditory processing disorder (APD) is a complex hearing problem involving the processing of sound in the brain’s auditory pathways. This webinar series will explain the nature of the APD, how it is manifest in the classroom and how it is diagnosed and treated. Children with poor auditory processing can have reading and other learning difficulties and psychosocial problems. APD can also co-occur with language impairment and attention difficulties. Hence, management of APD ideally involves a multidisciplinary approach. The evidence for different treatment approaches will be discussed. Case studies will highlight the important role of teachers and other education and health professionals in the recognition and management of APD.
At the end of the webinar series attendees will be able to:• Define auditory processing disorder and identify key characteristics of children with APD;• Describe diagnostic tests used to identify APD and co-morbid conditions;• Explain how APD differs from other hearing problems;• Identify risk factors for APD;• Use questionnaires to evaluate children with suspected APD in the classroom;• Describe strategies for managing and treating APD; and• Apply their new knowledge about APD to case examples of children with suspected or confirmed APD to decide on appropriate management.
Suzanne Purdy (PhD, MSc, DipAud, MNZAS, FAAA, MAudSA, MNZSTA) is Professor and Head of Speech Science in the School pf Psychology at the University of Auckland. Her academic background is in psychology, speech science and audiology and she has a longstanding interest in communication and auditory processing disorders and auditory electrophysiology. She is Vice-Chair of the International Evoked Response Audiometry Study Group (IERASG) and a member of the New Zealand Audiological Society’s Paediatric Technical Advisory Group. Suzanne has worked clinically as an audiologist and has been an academic and researcher since completing her PhD at the University of Iowa in 1990. She is an active researcher with more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, most of which relate to clinical aspects of hearing and communication disorders. Suzanne has broad ranging research interests but is particularly interested in auditory and speech processing in children. Current research areas include auditory processing disorder, auditory electrophysiology, hearing loss in children and adults, perception and production of speech prosody in hearing loss and autism spectrum disorder, voice disorders in teachers and choral singing therapy for people with neurological disease
Teachers of the Deaf, speech pathologists and audiologists
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