VERGINE BARSOUMIAN, M.S., CCC-AMs. Barsoumian joined Commonwealth Psychological Associates, PLC in 1981 as an Audiologist assessing patients with central auditory processing problems who, despite normal hearing, are experiencing difficulty processing auditory information.
She specializes in hearing evaluations and habilitation of mentally and physically challenged and developmentally delayed individuals, and works often with the school-aged population, as central auditory processing difficulties can be a contributing factor to learning disabilities (LD), and/or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).
Ms. Barsoumian is experienced in both clinical audiology involving special hearing tests, and habilitative audiology involving the prescription of assistive devices, as well as therapy. When working with patients who have evidenced auditory processing problems, she clarifies their listening and learning styles, and provides specific recommendations for managing and modifying their home, work, or school environment, to enable maximum learning and engagement.
"Effective verbal communication is important for success in life," Ms. Barsoumian says. "I work to enable patients to effectively receive verbal information by addressing their processing difficulties, and then follow up with recommendations to adjust their environment so that they can participate fully in their daily activities."
Ms. Barsoumian has also served as the Director of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Chief Clinical/Habilitative Audiologist at The Northern Virginia Training Center (a residential facility for mentally and physically challenged individuals) in Fairfax, Virginia.
Ms. Barsoumian received her M.S. in speech pathology/audiology from Columbia University, New York, New York, subsequently earning her Certificate of Clinical Competence in audiology (CCC-A). She also holds a M.A. educational psychology from the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon.
Ms. Barsoumian is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech and Hearing Association.
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