"Mr. Harpster generously offered valuable direction to our family navigating the waters of APD. He directed us in how to advocate better for our son and pointed out treatment options that are available to him. Mr. Harpster's positive outlook fortified our will to press on and help our son overcome APD."
Mother of a child diagnosed with APD
FOREIGN ACCENT MODIFICATION
GIFTED AND TALENTED
Considerations and a List of Resources
Once the audiologist confirms the diagnosis and
identifies deficits, a speech-language
pathologist (SLP) assesses and treats associated language problems,
learning deficits and other contributing factors.
focus on improving associated receptive- and
expressive-language skills in various modalities, strengthening
learning and academic skills and may also target improvement
of the listening/learning environment. A
multidisciplinary team-oriented approach is best, relying
upon collaboration with other team
members to include parents, educators, physicans and pediatric
neuropsychologists. Multidisciplinary team cooperation is often
crucial to success.
No two APD presentations are exactly the
same. Therefore, all interventions should be tailored to the
needs of the individual through thorough planning, appropriately and
skills and addressing deficits on a case-by-case basis.
The use of phonlogically-focused and
language-based programs such as Lindamood-Bell
and Earobics have
when overseen by a qualified SLP and
used as part of an overall team-focused
treatment approach. However, such programs are not appropriate in
cases, and therefore, readers are advised to consult an experienced
An excellent APD information website by an
expert in the field (Dr.
Gertner is an authority on APD and writes a great report with
functional recommendations. He can be contacted through the link,
ASHA's position statement on the role of
audiologists who claim to
specialize in APD:
ASHA's position statement on Auditory
An excellent analysis and explanation of issues
regarding controversial treatments found on the Web (such as Auditory
Integration Training, Auditory Verbal Therapy, Fast ForWord, The Listening Program,
Speech Easy and Vital Stim) published in the
Journal of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association:
What the President's 2008 Budget means to our
SpeechAccentSolutions.com, a speech-language and communication website.
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