Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)
Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) – is a complex problem affecting about 5% of school-aged children. Kids with CAPD often do not recognize subtle differences between sounds in words, even when the sounds are loud and clear enough to be heard. These kinds of problems usually occur in background noise, which is a natural listening environment. So kids with CAPD have the basic difficulty of understanding any speech signal presented under less than optimal conditions. At Markham Hearing Centre we provide a screening program for children ages 7+.
Central Auditory Processing (CAP) testing is a test that determines “what the brain does with what the brain hears (Katz, 1994). A student with a CAP issue has normal hearing sensitivity but has difficulty with the reception and interpretation of the auditory information. In other words, the student has difficulty making sense of what he/she hears.
- The child has language or articulation problems
- The child does not attend to instructions
- The child misunderstands what is being said
- The child does not comprehend verbal concepts at his/her grade level
- The child shows delays in responding to verbal stimulation
- The child is easily distracted by background noise
- The child forgets what is said in a few seconds
- The child has difficulty recalling sequences
- The child has difficulty with speech discrimination.
If you are concerned about your child’s development, please do not hesitate to contact the office and schedule an appointment.