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SLPs: Enhance Therapy Effectiveness for Auditory Processing Disorder, Memory Deficits, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Language Processing (Grades PreK-12)

Presented by Suzanne Foley
Outstanding Audiologist and National Presenter

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Specifically Designed for School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Pre-K Through Grade 12 Students

  • What every SLP should know about differentiating between four commonly misunderstood, yet similarly presenting disorders: Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), Attention Deficit, Memory Deficits, and Language Processing
  • Highly-practical and powerful treatment options specific and differentiated to APD and each related disorder
  • A wealth of practical speech and language screening methods you can use immediately when you suspect APD or related disorders, and when to refer students for outside evaluation
  • Receive a detailed digital resource handbook to support your immediate use of the therapy techniques you’ll receive at this seminar
ASHA CEUs Available

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a commonly misunderstood disorder. Related disorders such as Attention Deficit (ADD) and Language Processing are commonly confused with auditory processing disorders. Auditory memory also affects students’ ability to retain information in the classroom and can present similarly. The challenge speech-language pathologists face is that these disorders result in similar academic and communication difficulties, making them difficult to discriminate. Yet, it is critical that SLPs understand and can discriminate between these disorders so that we can provide our students with the most effective and powerful interventions.

In this seminar, outstanding audiologist and national presenter SUZANNE FOLEY will provide insights and answers to commonly asked questions and misunderstandings regarding APD and its relationship to other disorders such as language processing, auditory memory and attention deficit. The focus will be on the best, most current and practical therapeutic approaches to treat each disorder, including effective classroom and communication strategies.

Topics covered include how to discriminate among these disorders, classroom challenges specific to each deficit, and effective treatment interventions for the therapy room and classroom. In addition, you will receive an extensive digital resource handbook that includes all of the techniques and therapy strategies discussed in this seminar.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. What Every SLP Should Know About Differentiating Between APD and Related Disorders
    APD and related disorders present similarly, making differential identification a real challenge for SLPs … Learn distinguishing characteristics, behavior analyses, evaluation patterns, and practical ways to discriminate between APD, Attention Deficit, Memory Deficits, and Language Processing
  2. Specific, Powerful Treatment Options for Each Disorder
    Maximize the effectiveness of your therapy by targeting practical, highly effective and specific interventions … Discover the best treatment approaches you can use specifically with APD and each of the related disorders to best meet students’ therapy needs
  3. Improve Your Evaluation of Auditory Memory Deficits
    Explore the different types of memory deficits and their specific impacts on student learning … Gain a wealth of speech and language assessment tools to help you enhance your assessment of students’ memory skills
  4. Highly-Effective Classroom Approaches
    Learn practical and effective classroom interventions that can improve students’ academic success … Explore specific classroom communication, curricular modification and IEP plan ideas
  5. Maximize Treatment Through Technology
    The best technology options to augment traditional therapy … Discover outstanding computer-based programs, apps, FM systems and other technology tools that can improve treatment outcomes using school and personal technology
  6. Leverage Your Effectiveness by Training School Staff
    Explore the most effective handouts, tools, interventions, and strategies you can use to train teachers and school staff in order to help students with APD and related disorders make more rapid progress
  7. SLP-Friendly Screening Methods and Referral
    Receive practical screening methods you can use when you suspect APD or related disorders are present … How to know when to refer students for outside evaluation
  8. Maximize Therapy Outcomes Through Home Programming
    Receive a wealth of home programming options you can use to improve auditory and language skill development … Explore handouts and suggestions for parent training for each of the disorders
  9. Empower Your Students to Self-Advocate
    Improve academic outcomes through powerful, easy-to-implement strategies to help your students understand and self-advocate for their own unique needs
  10. Receive an Extensive Digital Resource Handbook
    You will receive an extensive digital resource handbook filled with resources, techniques and therapy strategies presented throughout the seminar to help you enhance therapy effectiveness for APD and related disorders

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • The most effective treatment approaches for APD and related disorders—for multiple therapy models including teletherapy, push-in, and pull-out therapy
  • Screen and differentially diagnose between APD, ADD, language processing, and memory deficits
  • Current, most pertinent information SLPs need to know about APD
  • Different types of ADD/ADHD and their impact on student learning
  • Behaviors that can help differentiate ADD/ADHD and APD
  • The most effective home-based interventions
  • How best to help your students through a multi-disciplinary approach
  • Discover the educational impact of each disorder
  • The newest, best technology options for treating APD
  • Types of memory deficits and treatment options for each
  • How to leverage your effectiveness by training teachers and school staff on the most effective interventions and strategies they can use to support progress
  • Ways SLPs can improve evaluation, treatment and management outcomes

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a commonly misunderstood disorder among school-age children. As an audiologist who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of APD, I have a unique perspective on the disorder and particularly, related disorders that can often present similarly. Many factors can affect a child’s ability to listen and learn in the classroom. Because the symptoms of APD are similar to attention deficit, memory deficits and language processing, SLPs often struggle to discriminate between these disorders and provide effective, targeted therapy that will best meet students’ specific needs.

Differential diagnosis and the effective treatment of these disorders requires a multi-disciplinary approach. I will provide you with practical ways to differentially identify these disorders using tools currently available to you. I will show you how speech-language pathologists and other team members can work together to discriminate among these disorders in order to provide students with the interventions and supports they need most.

You will leave with an increased understanding of what APD is and how it relates to memory deficit, attention deficit and language processing disorders. We will discuss the best screening, evaluation and therapy intervention options for each disorder. I will provide you with productive and practical approaches you can use immediately to support your students.

Suzanne M. Foley, Au.D., CCC-A

P.S. The focus of this seminar will be to equip you with powerful, practical ways you can differentially identify and provide the specific, targeted therapy that your students with APD or related disorders need most.

Who Should Attend

School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Pre-K Through Grade 12 Students

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
You will receive an extensive digital resource handbook giving you access to countless strategies before, during and after the seminar. The handbook includes:

  • Descriptions of symptoms of APD, ADD, memory deficits and Language Processing
  • Resources for teachers and parents on auditory memory strategies
  • Direct treatment options for each of these disorders
For in-person seminars, registrants will also receive a printed copy of the resource handbook as long as their registration is received in the BER office at least 15 calendar days before the event.


CEU Info

ASHA-Required Disclosure Statement for Suzanne Foley:
Presenter for the Bureau of Education & Research and receives honorarium compensation.
No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Semester Credit Option
UMASS Logo Up to four graduate level professional development credits are available with an additional fee and completion of follow-up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate, will be available at this program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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