The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in Identifying and Treating Children With Auditory Processing Disorder Purpose A summary of issues regarding auditory processing disorder (APD) is presented, including some of the remaining questions and challenges raised by the articles included in the clinical forum. Method Evolution of APD as a diagnostic entity within audiology and speech-language pathology is reviewed. A summary of treatment ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   July 01, 2011
The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in Identifying and Treating Children With Auditory Processing Disorder
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Gail J. Richard
    Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
  • Correspondence to Gail J. Richard: gjrichard@eiu.edu
  • Editor: Marilyn Nippold
    Editor: Marilyn Nippold×
  • Associate Editor: Ilsa Schwarz
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Hearing Disorders / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Clinical Forum: The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in Identifying and Treating Children With Auditory Processing Disorder
Clinical Forum   |   July 01, 2011
The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in Identifying and Treating Children With Auditory Processing Disorder
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2011, Vol. 42, 297-302. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2011/10-0080)
History: Received September 24, 2010 , Revised February 25, 2011 , Accepted May 3, 2011
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2011, Vol. 42, 297-302. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2011/10-0080)
History: Received September 24, 2010; Revised February 25, 2011; Accepted May 3, 2011
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Purpose A summary of issues regarding auditory processing disorder (APD) is presented, including some of the remaining questions and challenges raised by the articles included in the clinical forum.

Method Evolution of APD as a diagnostic entity within audiology and speech-language pathology is reviewed. A summary of treatment efficacy results and issues is provided, as well as the continuing dilemma for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) charged with providing treatment for referred APD clients.

Conclusion The role of the SLP in diagnosing and treating APD remains under discussion, despite lack of efficacy data supporting auditory intervention and questions regarding the clinical relevance and validity of APD.

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