Central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) is a condition in which there is a disconnect between what is heard and what is understood. There is not an actual hearing problem, but rather a problem with processing what is heard. CAPD affects up to 5 percent of school-aged children. CAPD is more pronounced in a noisy setting or when a child is listening to complex information.
The symptoms of CAPD include:
- Frequently misunderstanding oral (spoken) instructions or questions
- Saying “huh” or “what” frequently
- Often needs directions or information repeated
If your child has CAPD, they may have difficulty:
- Hearing in noisy settings
- Remembering spoken information
- Distinguishing speech sounds, i.e., phonics
- Following multi-step directions
- Maintaining focus on an activity if other sounds are present or be easily distracted by other sounds in the environment
If left untreated, CAPD can lead to speech, language, and academic problems, particularly in the areas of spelling, reading, writing, and speaking skills.
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