Diagnosing and treating auditory processing disorder

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Diagnosing and treating auditory processing disorder

So auditory processing can manifest itself quite early in infancy or when child is a toddler. We typically don’t like to treat auditory processing until we can specify what elements of auditory processing are being impacted and that usually occurs at around 6, 6.5. That’s really the age when we start testing it out and looking at different aspects of auditory processing. We’re going to treat auditory processing based on our assessment of what’s going on. So we assess the auditory processing and then we can determine where in the hierarchy of the processing system there is an impact. Where is the breakdown? Once we identify the breakdown, we can treat it accordingly. So if the breakdown is with sound discrimination – let’s say a child can’t discriminate between a ‘p’ and a ‘b’, that’s what we will treat. If the problem is with comprehension – they can’t follow an instruction, then we will treat comprehension. We will treat auditory memory; we will treat the sequencing aspects of language, which will then help with the auditory comprehension.

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Erin Kayem, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Pathologist

As a Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Neurodevelopmental Learning Institute/Brain Enhancement Institute, Erin Kayem is a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist, with a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.

Erin graduated from the University of Manitoba, Canada, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Linguistics. She also graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders. Once completing her undergraduate work, Erin went on to obtain her Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology from Fort Hays State University in Kansas.

Erin has had extensive experience working with children of all ages in various medical and clinical settings. This has given her a strong background in all areas of child and adolescent speech and language delays/disorders, including, neurogenic speech and language disorders, oral motor and swallowing disorders, voice disorders and apraxia. Erin also specializes in the treatment of auditory processing disorders and other learning disabilities as they relate to speech and language development. She is a national speaker, author, trainer, and mother. Her years of dedication to the field have helped both children and adults.

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