Central Auditory Processing Disorder
What is Auditory Processing?
The way the auditory pathways in the brain process what we hear. It helps us discriminate between sounds, pick out speech from a noisy background and understand speech when sound quality is poor.
How does CAPD Affect Children?
Children with CAPD may hear well when it is quiet. However hearing becomes more difficult in noisy environments. As a result many children do not learn as well as others in noisy classrooms and homes.
Although they may behave as though they understand, CAPD sufferers can lose track of a conversation when:•
- More than 1 person is talking.
- There is background noise.
- People speak rapidly with incomplete sentences.
- The conversation has a high emotional content.
CAPD affects children in a number of ways. Some of these include:
- Self-esteem and relationships with peers.
- Some may become isolated, withdrawn and depressed.
- Others become bored and restless.
- Rather than feel bored some may become disruptive or take risks.
- They can appear to have difficulty paying attention or following instructions and are often misdiagnosed with ADHD.
- To cover up their deficits some become cynical, argumentative and even aggressive when criticised
To find out more about CAPD click on the headings below or contact our audiology clinic to schedule a CAPD assessment.