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An Introduction to Auditory Processing Disorders in Children

An Introduction to Auditory Processing Disorders in Children

RATING: (5 of 5 ears)
EDITOR: Teralandur K. Parthasarathy
PUBLISHER: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publisher
ISBN: 978-0-8058-5393-3
COST: $36.00

REVIEWER: Mindy K. Brudereck, AuD, FAAA, Board Certified in Audiology; Co-owner, Berks Hearing Professionals, LLC, Elverson, PA; Audiology Professor, West Chester University, West Chester, PA

SYNOPSIS: An Introduction to Auditory Processing Disorders in Children was designed for students in audiology or speech-language pathology programs, practicing audiologists, speech language pathologists, and those practicing in related professions. The chapters cover a broad range of topics from anatomy to school-based treatments to current controversies in auditory processing disorder (APD). Each chapter is concise and informative without being overwhelming. This text will make an excellent handbook for all professionals who deal with APD, and it is especially targeted for those who work with pediatric patients whether it is occasionally or every day.

REVIEW: An Introduction to Auditory Processing Disorders in Children contains 13 chapters. Each chapter is written by a different author, and the text was edited by Teralandur K. Parthasarathy.

Chapters 1 to 3 provide an overview of APD. Specifically, Chapters 1 and 2 examine the neurological aspects of APD and the Central Auditory Nervous System. The information in these chapters is easy to understand, even as a preliminary introduction to anatomy and neuroplasticity of the auditory pathways. Chapter 3 provides a thorough discussion of the differences and similarities between APD and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), with a focus on differential diagnosis between APD and ADHD. Chapters 4 to 8 cover diagnostic tests for APD including audiologic, electrophysiologic, language-based, and literacy assessments of APD. Each chapter provides detailed information about assessments, the purpose of the assessment as related to APD, and interpretation of test results.

Chapters 9 to 12 contain management and treatment strategies for patients diagnosed with APD and/or ADHD. These chapters include case studies and worthy resources, including specific modes of therapy. This section also provides the reader with detailed information on developing educational plans in school systems and is beneficial for other professionals, including educators and psychologists.

The final chapter, Chapter 13, examines the current controversies in APD, including assessment and treatment. The authors also provide reliability and validity of these diagnostic assessments.

CRITIQUE: The editor and authors have done an extraordinary job gearing An Introduction to Auditory Processing Disorders in Children towards its intended audience. Although it is “an introduction to APD,” this text is an excellent handbook for those who are currently providing APD testing and will serve as an up-to-date desk reference. The book may be an excellent resource for those who may be considering adding this service to their practice and should definitely be purchased by students with an interest in pursuing pediatric APD.

Each chapter, although written by different authors, is well organized, and the text is easy-to-read. Throughout the text, there are worksheets, case studies, and wonderful ideas to make assessment and treatment easier and more exciting for pediatric patients. The reader will find this text to be well worth the money, and the pages will quickly become dog-eared, as it will be referred to quite often. The editor and authors designed this text “to explain, clarify and demystify APD” and have done a fantastic job in the completion of this task.