When the Brain Can't Hear

When the Brain Can't Hear : Unraveling the Mystery of Auditory Processing Disorder

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In this landmark book, Dr. Teri James Bellis, one of the world's leading authorities on auditory processing disorder (APD), explains the nature of this devastating condition and provides insightful case studies that illustrate its effect on the lives of its sufferers.
Millions struggle silently with APD. For many of them, holding a simple conversation can be next to impossible. As sound travels through an imperfect auditory pathway, words become jumbled, distorted, and unintelligible. As Dr. Bellis notes, the most profound impact of this highly specific impediment to auditory comprehension may be on the young. Facing a severely reduced ability to read, spell, comprehend, and communicate, children with APD are subject to anxiety, academic failure, and a damaged sense of self. Often, they are misdiagnosed.
Discussing the latest and most promising clinical advances and treatment options, and providing a host of proven strategies for coping, Dr. Bellis takes much of the mystery out of APD. If you or anyone you know has difficulty comprehending spoken language, or if your child is struggling in school, this important book may have the answers you need.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 140 x 214 x 25mm | 329g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0743428641
  • 9780743428644
  • 66,463

Table of contents


PREFACE Walking a Mile in Their Shoes

1 The Many Faces of APD

Clay: Severe APD in a Preschooler

Larry: Mild APD in an Adult

Jason: Right-Hemisphere Disorder and APD

Evelyn: APD in the Elderly

If a Tree Falls in the Forest: Debating the Existence of APD

2 Learning, Language, and Auditory Processing

A Is for Apple: Auditory Processing and Spelling

See Spot Run: Auditory Processing and Reading

There's a Bathroom on the Right: Auditory Processing and Receptive Language

The Rain in Spain: Auditory Processing and Speech Production

How Long Is the Diving Board? Auditory Processingand Problem-Solving

Make New Friends: Auditory Processing andSocialization

3 APD in Children

Shake, Rattle, and Roll: APD in Infants and Toddlers

Building Blocks: APD and the Preschool Child

Show-and-Tell: APD in Elementary School

Prom Night: APD in Middle and High School

Rush Week: APD at College

4 APD in Adults

He Never Listens Anymore: APD in Middle-Aged Men

I Just Can't Say Anything Right: APD in Postmenopausal Women

Everybody's Mumbling at Me: APD in the Elderly

5 Diagnosing APD

Why You Need to Be Tested for APD

Here's What You Need to Do

The Diagnostic Journey: Here's What Will Happen

Tools of the Trade: Diagnostic Tests for APD

The Language, Learning, and Communication Puzzle

Assessing the Whole Person

Disassembly Required: Analyzing Areas of Weakness

Integrating Test Results

Different Types of APD

When a Listening Problem Is Not APD

6 Treating APD

The Grieving Process

Basic Principles of APD Management

All the World's a Stage: Environmental Modifications at School

Thinking outside the Box: Environmental Modifications at Work

Where They Have to Take You In: Environmental Modifications at Home

Training the Brain: Therapy Activities for APD

7 Living with APD

Taking the Initiative: Becoming an Active Listener

Operating on a Higher Plane: Metacognitive and Metalinguistic Strategies

Put It in Writing: Memory Enhancement Techniques

What I Want to Be When I Grow Up: Making Realistic Life Choices

It Takes a Village: Resources for Children and Adults with APD



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About Teri James Bellis

Teri James Bellis, Ph.d., is a professor of audiology at the University of South Dakota and the author of the authoritative text for professionals on the diagnosis and treatment of APD. Ironically, she herself became the victim of adult-onset APD as the result of head trauma suffered in a car accident.

Her writing has been featured in numerous medical and academic publications, including the prestigious Journal of Neuroscience. She lives in South Dakota.
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