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Auditory Processing Program

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What is Auditory Processing?

Auditory processing is the brain’s ability to accurately perceive speech in both quiet and noisy settings. The brain can detect, analyze and discriminate small differences in pitch, loudness and duration. However, some children with normal hearing have difficulty with this ability, leading to difficulty with discrimination of speech. This is a (central) auditory processing disorder or (C)APD. (C)APD can impact the listener’s ability to develop language, succeed academically and/or communicate effectively.

About the Program
The Auditory Processing Program is designed to assess both the peripheral hearing status and the integrity of the central auditory pathways. The child’s performance is compared to norms for children the same age, as the auditory system continues to mature through adolescence. The audiologist is the professional who diagnoses an auditory processing disorder based on this evaluation.

Who is an appropriate candidate for referral for auditory processing testing?

Due to the complex nature of CAPD testing, children must meet the following criteria for evaluation:
• At least 7 years of age
• Without significant cognitive or developmental delays
• With sufficient receptive and expressive language skills to follow the directions and respond to the tasks
• With speech that is intelligible to an unfamiliar listener
• For whom English is the primary language
• With normal to near-normal hearing
How do I make an appointment?

You may request an intake packet for the Lexington or Waltham location by calling 617-355-6042. Once the parent questionnaire is returned with copies of the child’s cognitive, educational, speech-language evaluation and current IEP (if applicable), it is reviewed by an audiologist. If the audiologist requires further information, you will be contacted by telephone. Once we have determined that your child is a candidate for an evaluation, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment.

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Bone-Anchored Hearing Implant Program

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The Bone Anchored Hearing Implant Program provides a coordinated team approach for evaluation of candidacy for a bone anchored hearing implant.
The Bone-Anchored Hearing Implant Program team members include:
• Program Coordinator
• Otolaryngologist
• Audiologist
• Psychologist
• Reimbursement Specialist
How Do I make an appointment?

Please contact the Program Coordinator, Alexandra Guptill, at 617-355-6229

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Cleft Lip and Palate Program

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About the Program

The Cleft Lip and Palate Program provides a multidisciplinary approach for the care of children and adolescents with cleft lip and/or cleft palate in the diagnosis, treatment, and follow up in our Boston and Waltham locations.

How do I make an appointment?

Please contact the Program Coordinator at 617-355-6309.
An appropriate referral will be needed prior to the appointment date from the patient's Pediatrician for every specialist to be seen during a particular clinic visit.
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Cochlear Implant Program

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Boston Children’s Hospital’s Cochlear Implant Program. Our interdisciplinary program is located within the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement and recognized as the largest and most comprehensive pediatric cochlear implant program in New England.

Click the link to view the Cochlear Implant website

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Craniofacial Anomalies Program

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About the Program

Boston Children's Hospital craniofacial specialists treat craniofacial anomalies in children covering a wide variety of congenital and acquired deformities. This is a specialty program within the Department of Plastic and Oral Surgery. The clinic is held in Boston on Fegan 3 generally on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Fridays of the month in the afternoon.

The Craniofacial Anomalies Program team members include (but are not limited to):
• Neurosurgeon
• Plastic Surgeon
• Dentist
• Geneticist
• Audiologist
• Speech Pathologists
• Psychologist and Social Worker
How do I make an appointment?

Please contact the Program Coordinator at 617-355-6309.

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Down Syndrome Program

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About the Program

The Down Syndrome Program in the Developmental Medicine Center at Boston Children's Hospital offers multidisciplinary clinical evaluations for people with Down Syndrome from birth until the age of 22. With each appointment, we are also able to make referrals and connections with any of the other specialty clinics at Boston Children's. The Down Syndrome Program is more than a clinic, however. We strive to provide resources, advocacy, and support to all families depending on their individual needs.

The Down Syndrome Program team members include (but are not limited to):
• Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician
• Nutritionist
• Dentist
• Speech Pathologist
• Physical Therapist
• Audiologist
• Program Coordinator
How do I make an appointment?

Please contact the Down Syndrome Program Coordinator at 617-218-4329.
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Sound Outreach to Schools

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The Sound Outreach to Schools (SOS) Educational Audiology Program at Boston Children's at Waltham has been developed to deliver a full spectrum of Educational Audiology services to children with all types of auditory disorders in our local school systems.

Services can be provided to an individual student or to multiple students within a district. Contracts are typically established for ongoing consultation throughout the school year but can also be provided on a one-time basis.

Services may include:
• Recommendations for accommodations, including assistive listening systems
• Verification of these systems to determine proper fit and function
• Training of teachers and students to use and maintain educational amplification systems and to optimize the student's auditory access
• Maintenance and record-keeping of existing equipment
• Loaner equipment that can be borrowed by the school while a system is being repaired
• Assessment of the classroom listening environment and recommendations for improvements as needed
• Presentations to groups of students about hearing loss and hearing protection

For more information, please contact:

General email box:
soundoutreach@childrens.harvard.edu

Lauralyn M. Chetwynd, AuD, CCC-A
lauralyn.chetwynd@childrens.harvard.edu
(781) 216-2207

Charlotte Mullen, AuD, CCC-A
charlotte.mullen@childrens.harvard.edu
(781) 216-2216

Christine Macdonald, AuD, CCC-A
christine.macdonald@childrens.harvard.edu
(781) 216-2207
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