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When the Brain Can't Hear


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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




About the Author

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.


Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) occurs when the brain cannot process or understand correctly the sounds the ears hear, even though the ears might be functioning properly. It is rarely recognized, often misdiagnosed, and poorly understood, yet the effects can be devastating. Pocket is simultaneously releasing two complementary texts on the subject that are definitely worth some notice. Foli's Like Sound Through Water is a mother's account of her family's struggle with APD in her oldest son, Ben. Her account reads like a novel and is thoroughly engaging while providing a wealth of information. Foli clearly shows the pain misdiagnosis and clinical inaccuracies can cause. While finally obtaining a correct diagnosis brought some relief, Foli shows that the battle for normalcy had only begun. This is mostly a success story with an upbeat ending. The resource section in the back is a bonus. Bellis's When the Brain Can't Hear is the first APD sourcebook written specifically for lay readers. Bellis, the author of an important text on APD for professionals (Assessment and Management of Central Auditory Processing Disorders in the Educational Setting from Science to Practice), herself suffers from APD as the result of a car accident. Her text is naturally more clinical in nature but still quite readable. It covers the many subtypes of APD and their manifestations, diagnosis and testing, treatment options, and coping techniques. The ample glossary adds to the book's accessibility. Either of these texts would be appropriate additions to most collections, but they are best purchased together. The diagnosis of APD is seen more frequently, and with no other lay texts on the subject available, these books are absolutely essential. KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Eatonville, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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