Auditory Processing Disorder
Examinations for Central Auditory Processing on Staten Island
Information about Central Auditory Processing Disorder can often be confusing and misleading. Below, you will find some common myths and what you should actually know about Central Auditory Processing Disorder:
Common Myth: Central Auditory Processing Disorder is a hearing problem.
Fact: The act of hearing does not end with mere detection of an acoustic stimulus. Rather, several neurophysiological and cognitive mechanisms and processes are necessary for an accurate decoding of auditory input. Much of what is considered central auditory processing is preconscious; that is, it occurs without the listener being aware of it.
So how does this relate to your child?
Simply put, auditory processing is “what we do with what we hear.” And if there is something adversely affecting the process or interpretation of this auditory information as it travels through the auditory system, children will exhibit various weaknesses in their communicative environment (like at school or at home).
Common Myth: My child’s school and/or psycho-educational evaluation can be used to diagnose Central Auditory Processing Disorder.
Fact: Only an audiologist has the training and knowledge base necessary for comprehensive central auditory processing service delivery, theoretical underpinnings, and methods of practical application of scientific theory.
Appropriate equipment (such as a sound proof booth) is required for a full battery of tests that will need to be administered in order to diagnose Central Auditory Processing Disorder.
Audiology Island is the only clinic on Staten Island that has a highly specialized protocol for diagnosis of Central Auditory Processing Disorder. Following the evaluation process, you will meet with our central auditory processing specialists for an educational counseling session regarding your child’s results. During this session, different types of auditory deficit and how they manifest in your child will be discussed. This is a vital component prior to management options. Parents are the experts when it comes to their children. Understanding the medical jargon of reports is not easy, but sitting down with the doctor and going through the results will ensure the most individualized management plans and will provide the assistance that your child needs.
Common Myth: My child needs an FM system in the classroom as treatment for Central Auditory Processing Disorder.
Fact: Central Auditory Processing Disorder management should be viewed as a tripod. Without all three “legs” (environmental modifications, remediation activities, and compensatory strategies), the tripod cannot stand. At Audiology Island, we tailor each management plan to the child, based on the evaluation. The three vital components are always involved. Our remediation techniques include direct therapy approach, which is not available anywhere else on Staten Island. It is only through direct therapy that our neuroplasticity can be maximized and auditory performance can be improved.
Audiology Island is the only clinic on Staten Island to provide a direct therapy approach. We are very proud to utilize the Buffalo Model of Central Auditory Processing as designed by Dr. Jack Katz, who has been involved in the study of central auditory processing for over five decades. The success we have seen in the children we have worked with (ages five and older) has been tremendous.
The following are just some of the outcomes reported by the families on Staten Island and in New York whose children have gone through therapy programs for Central Auditory Processing Disorder at Audiology Island:
- Improvement in reading comprehension
- Increased participation in class
- Decreased sensitivity to noise
- Improvement in the ability to focus
- Improvement in following multistep instructions
- Improvement in confidence levels
Common Myth: Children under seven cannot be evaluated for Central Auditory Processing Disorder.
Fact: In order for a child to read or spell, he or she must be able to detect and recognize sounds, discriminate them from other sounds, and understand how these sounds, when analyzed and synthesized, result in associated words.
Research indicates that identifying young children at risk for Central Auditory Processing Disorder as early as possible leads to intervention and support that can prevent later language, learning, and reading disorders. At Audiology Island on Staten Island, we evaluate a broad range of auditory skills in young children who are typically not formally tested in these areas yet could benefit most from early intervention.