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Pediatric CAPD

06
Aug

What is Central Auditory Processing Disorder?

A central auditory processing disorder (or a CAPD) is a weakness in the ability to quickly understand information an individual hears.

 

Signs and symptoms

Your child may have a CAPD if he or she:

  • Says "huh a lot"
  • Cannot follow multi step directions
  • Has difficulty reading, comprehending, and writing
  • Gets overwhelmed in a big group or in a place with lots of noise
  • Is forgetful

 

Who can make a diagnosis?

Everyone from teachers to pediatricians may suspect a problem, but a diagnosis should be made by an audiologist, who will screen for attention issues, screen for visual processing delays, and assess memory ability.

 

What can be done at school?

School room tactics differ greatly on a case by case basis, but one approach generally agreed on is placing the child at the front of the classroom. If your child learns best visually (as if often the case with CAPD kids), then a liberal use of visual supplements is also recommended.

If it doesn't have one already, the classroom may need an amplification system.

For some students, small group instruction may be necessary.

 

What can be done at home?

School may be fatiguing so be sure to schedule some time to relax. When it's time to do homework, make sure the area you pick is very quiet.

When a task has multiple steps to be completed, create lists.

And above all, be patient, and try to speak to your child while facing them. Turn off background noise when possible.

 

Types of Therapy

  • Speech and language therapists can assist in strengthening the language area of the brain
  • Audiologists can focus on the auditory system and listening, as well as auditory memory training
  • Home therapy can assist your child in becoming a fluid reader

 

How often should an APD assessment take place?

Some schools require annual evaluations, some every 3 years. If a school does not require them, then a re-evaluation should take place when any change in your child is noted.

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The doctors of audiology at REM Audiology are passionate about educating our clients and our community, empowering them to become sophisticated consumers of hearing healthcare. We incorporate the best, most up to date practices and technology, and offer a customized approach to solving hearing needs. We believe that hearing is vital to the overall wellness of the individual.

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We strive to ensure our customers have all the facts they need before they leave our office.

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We encourage you to make an appointment for a check up if you have any concerns about hearing loss.

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We want our customers to feel comfortable with their hearing loss and are open to answering any and all questions.

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