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Processing Disorders: Controversial Aspects of Diagnosis and Treatment

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This 28-slide downloadable pdf presentation provides an introduction to processing disorders.  It describes the diversity of ‘APD’ symptoms as well as explains the current controversies pertaining to the validity of the ‘APD’ diagnosis.  It also discusses how the label “processing difficulties” often masks true language and learning deficits in students which require appropriate language and literacy assessment and targeted intervention services. *Please note that there’s an overlap between this material and Differential Assessment and Treatment of Processing Disorders in Speech-Language Pathology. Please review both product descriptions carefully prior to making a purchase of the desired material.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentations, learners will be able to
  • List ‘APD’-related symptoms and describe their overlap with other disorders
  • Describe the current controversy pertaining to ‘APD’ diagnosis
  • Discuss how SLPs can assist students with “processing deficits” with respect to language and literacy assessment and intervention
Slide Content:
  •  On the Success of Memes (Kamhi, 2004)
  • ‘APD’ Symptomology
  • Interpreting ‘APD’ Symptomology
  • Major ‘APD’ Model Analysis
  • Deficits Interpretation
    • The Buffalo Model
    • Bellis/Ferre Model
  • At-Risk Populations Who Display “APD” Symptomology
  • Audiological Assessment Problems
  • ‘APD’ Testing Controversy
  • Differential diagnosis of ‘APD’
  • What are SLPs to Do?
  • Why Should SLPs Assess Students with ‘APD’?
  • Formulating Targeted Goals for Students with “APD”
  • Conclusion

1 review for Processing Disorders: Controversial Aspects of Diagnosis and Treatment

  1. Communication Station: Speech Therapy, PLLC (verified owner)

    Regardless of whether you are a new or experienced SLP, if you work with children PK age through school-age, this packet is for you. It provides the most recent updates on current (C)APD practices approved by ASHA. My favorite parts of this presentation are the description of a child with (C)APD in the classroom setting, how they would perform on phonological awareness tasks, and how they would perform on language tests. Also this packet does note the number of other disorders that can look like (C)APD so it is imperative we as SLPs have an arsenal of information in order to make the appropriate referrals AND provide the most appropriate therapy even prior to an official diagnosis of (C)APD. Thanks Smart Speech Therapy! Great resource!

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