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When the Brain Can't Hear: Unraveling the Mystery of Auditory Processing Disorder Paperback – Jul 22 2003
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From Library Journal
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.
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
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
** 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!
_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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
An excellent read. I would encourage anyone working in education, the special needs field or those caring for seniors (including your own family) to read this. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Niall Brown
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 morePublished on June 8 2004
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 morePublished on April 22 2004
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 morePublished on March 29 2004
I have known Teri Bellis for nearly 19 years, ever since we were graduate students in Santa Barbara in the mid-80s. Read morePublished on April 7 2003 by Donal M. Welch
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 morePublished on Aug. 11 2002 by The Woj