An Auditory Integrational Problem with Associated Language Disability in an Adult Mental Patient A disorder of auditory integration associated with a language disability was identified and treated in a young adult male committed to a mental hospital with a history of mental retardation and lack of judgment. Psychiatric tests demonstrated no sign of mental or emotional illness. Physical and neurological findings were normal, ... Case Report
Case Report  |   August 01, 1973
An Auditory Integrational Problem with Associated Language Disability in an Adult Mental Patient
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Winifred C. McGrew
    Eastern State Hospital, Medical Lake, Washington
  • J. Marvin Craig
    Eastern Washington State College, Cheney, Washington
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Case Report   |   August 01, 1973
An Auditory Integrational Problem with Associated Language Disability in an Adult Mental Patient
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, August 1973, Vol. 38, 374-382. doi:10.1044/jshd.3803.374
History: Received November 22, 1972 , Accepted March 9, 1973
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, August 1973, Vol. 38, 374-382. doi:10.1044/jshd.3803.374
History: Received November 22, 1972; Accepted March 9, 1973

A disorder of auditory integration associated with a language disability was identified and treated in a young adult male committed to a mental hospital with a history of mental retardation and lack of judgment. Psychiatric tests demonstrated no sign of mental or emotional illness. Physical and neurological findings were normal, and psychological tests indicated retardation and intellectual regression with no complicating emotional overlay. Treatment by amplification to one ear and later by occlusion of the other ear permitted normal discrimination and effective speech and language therapy. A case study describes the diagnostic and treatment procedures, the subject’s increase in receptive and expressive language skills, and the parallel growth in social competence that permitted his successful return to society. Significant associated symptoms observed are being studied in other individuals with a similar disorder.

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