Questions About Auditory Processing Answered by Patti Hamaguchi

Author: Patti McAleer Hamaguchi, M.A., CCC-SLP

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About the Author: Patti McAleer Hamaguchi is a speech-language pathologist, founder and director of Hamaguchi & Associates, Inc. and is the author of several books and articles on language development, and auditory processing.   Find them at these sites:

http://www.amazon.com/Childhood-Speech-Language-Listening-Problems/dp/0470532165/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336867823&sr=8-1

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http://www.babycenter.com/expert-patricia-mcaleer-hamaguchi

Find Patti’s apps, created for speech, language and auditory development at iTunes

Auditory processing—what exactly is it? eindividualhealth.com joins speech-language pathologist and specialist in the field of auditory processing, Patti Hamaguchi, M.A., CCC-SLP, to talk about auditory processing. According to Hamaguchi, this term is often used in a generic way to describe difficulty with the comprehension of language that is heard, but speech pathologists and audiologists have a more specific definition of auditory processing disorder that refers to difficulty with the actual transmission of auditory input from the ear to the front lobe, where it is processed. It is referred to as APD (Auditory Processing Disorder) as well as CAPD (Central Auditory Processing Disorder).  Get medical insurance quotes on affordable plans that help pay for speech therapy.

What can a parent do if they suspect a problem? Hamaguchi recommends seeking the help of a speech-language pathologist or audiologist who has special expertise in this field, but a parent may also need to engage the services of other professionals to rule out other learning disabilities, AD/HD, or other issues that could be occurring along with this disorder or mimicking it. The audiologist  and team (if applicable) will look at the results of all of these assessments, along with the audiological evaluation, and determine if the child qualifies for a diagnosis of auditory processing disorder.    How to use an ipad to improve auditory processing

What are the symptoms of an auditory processing disorder? Hamaguchi reports that often children will say “What?” or “Huh?” as though they didn’t hear you. Misinterpretation and processing difficulties can be especially exacerbated in environments with poor acoustic conditions, such as a cafeteria, noisy mall, or busy classroom.

How is treatment determined? The speech-language pathologist will look to the results of the audiologist’s evaluation, including right vs. left ear performance, as well as language tests, to decide which treatment options will best address the constellation of presenting deficits, and how they impact the child on a day to day basis.  Treatment may not be covered by your insurance, look into health insurance for children.

Professionals generally feel that intensive intervention can improve these difficulties, along with the maturation process, but for many children and adults, compensatory skills are important for managing the effects of this disorder. Hamaguchi finds that often parents of children being evaluated at her office report having similar difficulties both as children, and in their current lives. Hamaguchi is the author of several books on listening and auditory processing treatment , as well as the developer of apps that help improve auditory processing including Fun with Directions and Picture the Sentence, both in the App Store.

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