Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD) describes a condition in which test results suggest that the function of the cochlea, the organ of hearing, is normal but auditory nerve function is abnormal. Research has suggested that ANSD can result from a number of causes and abnormal function may occur at different locations within the auditory system creating a wide range of variability in performance. Given the heterogeneity of possible etiologies, sites of lesion, and audiological performance, a single approach to intervention is unlikely to be effective for every child with ANSD.
An overview of the evidence-based audiological protocol for assessment of ANSD will be covered. Information about prevalence, possible etiologies, and different sites of lesion will also be included. Case studies of children diagnosed with the disorder will be presented in order to illustrate the range of audiological and speech-language outcomes and the variety of intervention strategies that have been successful with children who have ANSD. Management of children with ANSD should be flexible and should integrate clinical data related to the child’s performance in a number of areas. Use of the S.C.A.L.E.S. model for examining the whole child in the intervention decision-making process will be illustrated.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
Jeff Simmons, M.A. CCC-AKatie Brennan, M.S. CCC-SLPCatherine C. Carotta, Ed.D. CCC-SLP
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