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.

CAPD Warning Signs

There are certain characteristics common to CAPD. Some red flags include:

  • Difficulty following oral directions
  • Has inconsistent responses
  • Trouble remembering what they hear and/or sequencing that information
  • Has a poor auditory attention span
  • Gets tired easily when required to listen
  • Males are 3 times more likely to suffer from CAPD.
  • Daydreams and appears not to listen
  • Speech-language and/or reading problems (may or may not exhibit)
  • Requests repetition, says “huh?” or “what” a lot
  • May have history of ear infections

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.