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Central Auditory Processing and Learning (CAPD)

What is CAPD?

CAPD is a problem with the understanding and processing of verbal information by someone who has normal hearing. The prevalence of CAPD in children is estimated to be between 2% and 3%, with it being twice as prevalent in males. It often co-exists with other disabilities. These include speech and language disorders or delays, learning disabilities or dyslexia, attention deficit disorders with or without hyperactivity, and social and/or emotional problems.

What causes CAPD?

Many neurocognitive functions are involved in the processing of auditory information. Some are specific to the processing of acoustic signals, while others are more global in nature e.g., attention, memory, language representation. CAPD can be defined as a deficiency in any one or more of the functions listed above.

Symptoms of CAPD:

  • Difficulty hearing in noisy situations
  • Difficulty learning a foreign language or challenging vocabulary words
  • Difficulty remembering spoken information (i.e., auditory memory deficits)
  • Difficulty taking notes
  • Difficulty maintaining focus on an activity if other sounds are present child is easily distracted by other sounds in the environment
  • Difficulty following multi-step directions
  • Difficulty with reading and/or spelling

Related pages:

Central Auditory Processing | Central Auditory Processing Evaluation


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