Children with central auditory processing problems may have difficulty understanding spoken language in a meaningful way, often in the absence of what is commonly regarded as a hearing loss. Central auditory processing problems can particularly affect learning in areas such as spelling and reading. It is important to identify problems early and help your child obtain strategies to compensate.

    An audiologist will evaluate a child's hearing and identify possible processing problems and monitor any changes in hearing status. A speech pathologist will evaluate the child's perception of speech and understanding of expressive language and recommend changes to help a child with CAPD.

    Changes encouraged at home and in the classroom often include...

    - Select seating away form auditory and visual distraction to help maintain focus and attention.

    - Structure the environment using a consistent routine.

    - Before speaking gain the child attention and then give directions.

    - Avoid asking the child to listen and write at the same time.

    - Speak slowly and clearly by using words that make sequence clear such as "first," "next", and "finally."

    Parents who suspect a central auditory problem should contact a speech-language pathologist or audiologist as soon as possible so that the professional can evaluate and suggest treatment methods.

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