Ass. Prof. Dr. Piotr Henryk Skarżyński, M.D., Ph.D., Msc. presented his lecture, titled: Hearing screening of school-age children, with the inclusion of auditory processing disorder issues.

CAPD without secrets. Diagnoses and therapy of central auditory processing disorders in children and young adults conference took place on 20 October 2017 in Rzeszów. Physicians, speech therapists, psychologists and teachers were learning about nature of the issue and shared their experience, in order to provide specialized therapy to more children, that need help.

Central Hearing Disorders (CAPD) is a group of symptoms for a variety of disorders. which are caused by irregularietes of the central nervous system.  In other words: child hears (hearing tests do not show any problems), but does not listen – behaves and functions like other children with hearing loss. Such a child may be compared to someone who is in a foreign country and do not understand the local language. Such a person hears surrounding talks, but does not understand them.

Effect of such disorders are difficulties in learning, that occurs despite proper intelligence development. Quick diagnosis of alarming symptoms and sending child for a specialized tests (and if it is required, also on rehabilitation and therapy) is the key to proper help.

Cantral Auditory Processing Disorder is a problem, that affects mostly early school-age children. Hearing screening, that we conducted on the area of rural districts from all over Poland, shows that even 15% of all children may require an in-depth diagnosis and speech therapy. Fortunately there are already proper devices, which help in therapy, on the market, and leading medical facilities are ready to help those in need – says Ass. Prof. Dr. Piotr Henryk Skarżyński, M.D.

Conference participants, not only listened to the lectures about the CAPD diagnosis and therapy, but also took part in the workshops, where they could learn about practical aspects of the work with students, programming speech therapy, and how to conduct behavioral and electrophysiological tests.

The aim of this conference was to share the knowledge and experience, and to create a space, where physicians, diagnostic workers, speech therapists, teachers, psychologists and other specialists could exchange information, in order to learn about their individual needs, and to improve communication with each other – says Dorota Szuber, MD, head of Podkarpackie Centre of Hearing and Speech.

Conference was co-organised by Podkarpackie Centre of Hearing and Speech Medincus, Institute of Sensory Organs and Society of Polish Otorhinolaryngologists, Phoniatrists and Audiologists. President of the Rzeszów City has assumed honorary patronage overthis conference.

During the conference, speakers also gave interviews on the topic:„When child hears, but not listening…”.

Interview with the Ass. Prof.Dr. Piotr Henryk Skarżyński, M.D. is available in the following link: http://supernowosci24.pl/gdy-dziecko-slyszy-a-nie-slucha/.

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