Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) is a condition which affects the brain's ability to properly transfer an auditory signal to the language processing area, where the information can be decoded. With CAPD, an auditory signal is distorted or compromised in some way before the brain is able to process the message. CAPD is different from hearing impairment. A child's hearing should always be checked first, as that may be the cause of the child's difficulties.
There are certain characteristics common to CAPD. Some red flags include:
If your child exhibits some or most of these difficulties, an ASHA certified audiologist can assess your child. Once diagnosed with Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), a Speech-Language Pathologist can provide therapy to help improve auditory skills and provide strategies and training to teachers and parents.