A: Auditory processing disorder (also known as central auditory processing disorder or CAPD) makes it hard for children to recognize subtle differences between sounds in words. They have normal hearing but struggle to process what other people are saying, especially when there are background noises. Here are some possible signs of CAPD:
The child may have a hard time following spoke directions, especially multi-step instructions
The child may frequently ask someone to repeat what he/she said
The child may be easily distracted, especially by background noises
The child may have trouble with reading and spelling which require the ability to process and interpret complex sounds
The child may have a hard time following conversations
The child may have difficulty remembering details of what was read or heard
CAPD can affect a child’s ability to communicate, understand, learn, and socialize with others. If you have questions or concerns, please call Dr. Bell (843) 810-9202 to discuss strategies for helping your child at home and in the class and for appropriate referrals to other professionals.