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Cynthia Marks, M.S. CCC-SLP & Associates
The Role of the Speech Pathologist
in Auditory Processing Disorders
ASHA recognizes the role of the speech language pathologist in a collaborative effort for diagnosing and treating (Central) Auditory Processing Disorders:
"Consistent with the ASHA Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, speech-language pathologists (and other professionals) collaborate with the audiologist in the overall screening and assessment process, differential diagnosis, and development and implementation of intervention plans where there is evidence of speech-language and/or cognitive-communicative disorders. Specifically, speech-language pathologists are uniquely qualified to delineate the cognitive-communicative and/or language factors that may be associated with (C)APD." - American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2005).(central) auditory processing disorders—the role of the audiologist [Position Statement]. Available from www.asha.org/policy.
Unfortunately, the accessibility to audiologists - who traditionally diagnose APD - is limited. This does not mean children with language and/or cognitive-communicative disorders cannot receive intervention for APD. The speech language pathologists at Southeastern Therapy Services can complete a comprehensive assessment that yields the functional, actionable information needed to develop and implement an aggressive and effective plan for treatment. Should further evaluation to an audiologist be necessary, Southeastern Therapy Services will work together with a child's physician to locate a specialist who can collaborate with our team to maximize a child's functional potential for improvement.
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