Lori A. Gross, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist is now

Central Auditory Processing Disorder

Does your child have difficulty following directions, entering conversations, or get easily distracted in group situations?

Children with a central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) have trouble processing and making sense of the sounds they hear — they often have normal hearing. It is not fully understood why the brain processes sounds differently for children with CAPD. What is known is that typically the brain processes sounds seamlessly (almost instantly) enabling us to quickly interpret what we hear. With CAPD, however, the brain delays or “scrambles” that process. Children with CAPD may have trouble in the classroom and avoid conversations with peers potentially impacting socialization and self confidence.

Symptoms of CAPD in children may include:

  • Difficulty following directions
  • Asking speakers to repeat themselves
  • Easily distracted
  • Difficulty learning nursery rhymes and songs
  • Difficulty with reading and spelling
  • Difficulty following conversations

Treatment approaches may include direct skills remediation, teaching compensatory strategies, and environmental/classroom modifications. We use an eclectic approach tailored to the needs and motivational pathways of each child to improve auditory processing skills.

Central auditory Processing Disorder
“Children with auditory processing difficulties are often wrongly diagnosed with learning disabilities.”


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