Central Auditory Processing

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Whats is CAP Disorder?

Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) occurs when there is a disruption of sound along the pathway from the ear to the brain, which interferes with understanding. Central Auditory Processing (CAP) is the processing of information in the central auditory nervous system. Central auditory processing affects 3-5% of school-aged children. (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association [ASHA], 2005).

The most common way to diagnose Central Auditory Processing Disorder is to use a specific group of listening tests. Some of these tests include auditory discrimination, temporal processing and binaural processing.

What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Auditory Processing Disorder?

  •  Does my child mishear sounds and words?
  • Are noisy environments overwhelming for my child?
  • Does my child's performance and behavior improve in quieter settings?
  • Does my child have trouble following verbal directions?
  • Does my child have trouble with spelling or phonics?
  • Are conversations hard for my child to follow?

What can you do at home?

  • Reduce background noise
  • Visual cues: have your child look at you when you speak
  • Provide your child with simple verbal directions with fewer words, keywords to remember, and fewer steps
  • Speak at a slightly slower rate with a clear voice.
  • Ask your child to repeat the directions back to you
  • Keeping a list, using calendars with visual symbols, and maintaining routines

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