Curing Those CAPD Treatment Efficacy Blues The increasing proliferation of commercial products available to clinicians and families to identify, evaluate, and treat auditory processing disorders have created some very real challenges confronting audiologists and speech-language pathologists at this time. Our current models of auditory processing disorders tend to be highly controversial and the service delivery often ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2002
Curing Those CAPD Treatment Efficacy Blues
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  • Michael K. Wynne
    Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Article   |   October 01, 2002
Curing Those CAPD Treatment Efficacy Blues
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, October 2002, Vol. 3, 15-17. doi:10.1044/sbi3.3.15
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, October 2002, Vol. 3, 15-17. doi:10.1044/sbi3.3.15
The increasing proliferation of commercial products available to clinicians and families to identify, evaluate, and treat auditory processing disorders have created some very real challenges confronting audiologists and speech-language pathologists at this time. Our current models of auditory processing disorders tend to be highly controversial and the service delivery often is directed towards individuals without any definitive evidence of an organic lesion or treatment efficacy(Wynne,2001). Looking for uncomplicated answers to questions concerning central audiotory processing disorders perhaps is equivalent to playing “Chinese baseball” (Siu, 1980). The mythical game of Chinese baseball is just like American baseball in all respects save one: in Chinese baseball, whenever the ball is in play, anyone is allowed to pick up a base and move it, anywhere. Learning to distinguish a reasonable course of action in such a game only magnifies the confusion in an already convoluted sport. Taking a reasonable and accountable course of action in the management of children who are diagnosed with central auditory processing disorders may take on the same characteristics of Chinese baseball, unless clinicians step back and examine the efficacy and effectiveness of their intervention strategies. The purpose of this manuscript is to provide a starting reference point for clinicians to evaluate the commercial products used to treat auditory processing disorders in children.
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