Central Auditory Processing Disorder, CAPD or Auditory Processing Disorder, APD
Research suggests as high as 20% of children have CAPD and that a significant number of those children also have attention issues, such as ADHD.
At a glance:
CAPD occurs when there are problems processing auditory information. (CAPD, can also be referred to as Auditory Processing Disorder or APD.) These students have difficulty processing the information they hear and are usually characterized as “poor listeners”.
People with CAPD have difficulty processing auditory input, especially where there is a lot of other things going on, such as in classrooms. Since they don’t process the things they hear well it is difficult to communicate and to learn.
Kids with this condition can’t process what they hear in the same way other kids do because their ears and brain don’t fully coordinate. Something interferes with the way the brain recognizes and interprets sounds, especially speech.
Auditory processing difficulties can have a tremendous impact on learning, from the ability to learn content presented verbally to utilizing phonics strategies when reading and spelling.
Symptoms of CAPD/APD can range from mild to severe and can take many different forms. There are a variety of possible behavioral indicators that a child may have CAP Disorder.
- Easily distracted or unusually bothered by loud or sudden noises
- Difficulty hearing in noisy environments
- Says “huh” or “what” frequently
- Difficulty with phonics or distinguishing speech sounds
- Difficulty taking notes
- Behavior and performance improve in quieter settings
- Difficulty following directions, whether simple or complicated
- Often needs directions or information repeated
- Difficulty following multi-step directions
- Does your child have reading, spelling, writing, or other speech-language difficulties?
- Difficulty with verbal (word) math problems
- Disorganized and forgetful
- Conversations are hard to follow
APD is often misunderstood because many of the behaviors noted above also can accompany other problems, like learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and even depression.
There is no one cause of CAP Disorder. We do know that it often coexists with other disabilities such as language disorders or delays, learning disabilities or dyslexia, autism or autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), pervasive developmental disorder or developmental delay, and social/emotional problems. CAPD is twice as prevalent in males as in females.
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