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

Ph.D. Teri James Bellis Ph.D.
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July 22 2003
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 of Americans 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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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 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The term auditory processing disorder (APD), a 1960s coinage, refers to an affliction of the system running from the ear to the brain that is to be distinguished from problems with hearing, language, and thinking. Because Bellis has suffered from APD after a car accident, she changed the main thrust of her career to avoid specific tasks she was no longer able to perform and still continue in her major field. She gives a clear and informative account of the condition, which has five basic types and manifold variations. APD can complicate socialization and cause sufferers to miss the vocal changes of humor, sarcasm, and other spoken subtleties. Bellis draws on many case histories to underline her points, among them that APD can occur at almost any age and in both sexes. She examines the difficulties of obtaining the accurate diagnosis vital for effective treatment; reports on the wide variety of therapies needed for APD; explains how to adjust at school, work, and home; and concludes with a thorough glossary. William Beatty
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It can be so easy to dismiss it as a lack of interest or a lack of attention:
** The student who doesn't follow directions in class.
** The spouse who denies all knowledge of something you specifically told them.
Even those who search for a cause are often told that hearing tests show that hearing is "normal". But sometimes your instincts still shout that something isn't right & it's for those families that When the Brain Can't Hear was written. For those struggling to understand what an auditory processing disorder is -- this book will be a God-send. As Dr. Bellis describes the many faces of APD through a series of case studies she presents clearly what it is AND what it isn't. The middle section of the book, which discusses the actual processes of hearing & language, is probably more technical than most layman will appreciate. However, Dr. Bellis more than makes up for this with her extensive sections on treating and living with APD. These sections offer a wonderful array of practical tips and suggestions. I would highly recommend this book as one offering concrete help for those desperately seeking solutions!
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4.0 out of 5 stars very, very helpful March 26 2002
Teri Bellis' new book is fantastic... A must-read for anyone whose life is touched by auditory processing disorder (family, teachers, medical professionals, etc). I bought it for myself and sent it to friends and family. I'm planning on passing it along to our pediatrician and our ENT, as well, since their awareness of this disorder could have saved us years of searching for answers! Maybe our knowledge can help someone else.
_When the Brain Can't Hear_ is a well-written and easily read explanation of what APD is, what it isn't, and what it might be. This makes sense as APD identification often requires a good deal of detective work, particularly when the 'patient' is a child. Dr. Bellis takes a conservative approach to APD identification, frequently reminding the reader not to make assumptions without appropriate data... but she doesn't just say "hey, maybe you have it and maybe you don't." She gives you other options to consider, too, so you're not left hanging if APD isn't the answer to your questions.
In reading this book, I learned a great deal about how APD manifests, what causes (what might cause) the different manifestations, and ways to address these areas. The only area I had trouble with was treatment specific to subtype. Dr. Bellis uses a system to categorize types of APD that seemed a bit too cut and dry for me. I had some difficulty identifying my daughter's subtype (her evaluation was done by someone who doesn't use the same system of classification) and therefore figuring out which treatment methods Dr. Bellis felt would best remediate her specific symptoms. Overall, however, the book gave me plenty to consider both in terms of understanding the disorder and better understanding the many treatment options.
I highly recommend this book. If you only read one book on APD, this is the one you should read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars APD understood Sept. 4 2002
What an informative and wonderfully supportive text this is. I have a 15 year old son who suffers from APD as well as visual stress and dyslexia. This book confirmed everything I have been saying for years, but no-one believed me. It gave me hope that this affliction will eventually become recognised in UK and that so many young people will no longer suffer an interrupted education because no-one knows what their difficulty is. I have talked to many professionals about APD and they have never heard of it! I recommend this book to every one of them. Read it if you are involved with education, or young people or adults in any capacity, it will change your perception of them for ever. Well done Teri James Bellis, and thank you for such a rivetting read. I couldn't put this book down. I learned so much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my gosh, NLD is mentioned! March 15 2002
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When killing time at my local book store, I always to go the learning disabilities section because as an adult with a non verbal learning disability, I am curious to see if anything new has been written. Usually, it's the same old, same old and of course, most of the books seem to act like NLD doesn't exist.
Boy, was I in for a surprise when all of a sudden, I noticed the book, "When the Brain Can't Hear". I decided to take a look at it because I feel I have an undiagnosed auditory processing disorder in addition to NLD. I thought I'd drop dead of shock when I noticed that NLD was mentioned in several areas. Also the author specifically mentioned that a specific kind of auditory processing disorder can originate in the right hemisphere vs the more common left hemisphere ones that most people are familiar with.
But mentioning NLD wasn't the only reason why I enjoyed the book. Dr. Bellis, the author, does a great job of explaining the different types of ADP and provides excellent clues as to which one you might have if you haven't yet received a formal evaluation of your auditory processing problems. She helped me figure out that mine might be orginating from the left hemisphere even though I have NLD. Of course, I need a formal evaluation but her information was very helpful to me.
I have read alot about auditory processing disorder and definately feel that this author has provided the best explanations to date. In my opinion, they are clear, consise, and in language the layperson can understand.
Even though I feel my auditory processing disorder is the least of my worries, it took me all of 2 seconds to decide to buy this book. It is so rare that you find an author like Dr. Bellis who is very compassionate and really does seem to get it.
In my opinion, if you buy the book, you will be very happy that you did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
This book is indispensible for the audiologist/SLP/parent/professional working with APD. I only wish we could have read this one BEFORE the text books in grad school.. Read more
Published on June 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the Whole Book Before you Review It!
For the reader who said that this book is depressing, consists entirely of case studies, and provides no concrete information regarding diagnosis or, especially, treatment, I... Read more
Published on April 22 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars I agree with The Woj...
I bought this book because it was the only book in the bookstore with any information on CAPD. I am only about halfway through it but I do feel that it's mostly case studies and... Read more
Published on March 29 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I Knew Her When...
I have known Teri Bellis for nearly 19 years, ever since we were graduate students in Santa Barbara in the mid-80s. Read more
Published on April 7 2003 by Donal M. Welch
2.0 out of 5 stars 300 Pages Of Case Studies....
This book spends most of it's time presenting case studies with very little practical information. It seems to go on endlessly with the author's personal experiences. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2002 by "The Woj"
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo Teri
This is the best book I have read so far on the topic of APD. Teri Bellis has taken a very controversial topic and explained it in terms for all those who are working with the APD... Read more
Published on March 30 2002 by Marlene Zapp
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding my child
Ms. Bellis writes in a clear and simple manner allowing the lay person to comprehend the complexities of APD. Read more
Published on March 16 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A definitive book on Auditory Processing Disorder!
Could you imagine being able to hear, but not being able to really hear what was being said to you? People with APD, Auditory Processing Disorder, know exactly what it's like. Read more
Published on March 7 2002 by MyParenTime.com
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