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Central Auditory Processing Disorder

            CAPD (Central Auditory Processing Disorder) is a disorder that affects the central nervous system, by hindering a child's ability to fully process information they hear. Kids with this disorder have a hard time understanding anything that is taught or told to them when there are other sounds around them. They do not recognize the small differences between the sounds in words, even when they are spoken to them loud and fluently. This disorder is hard to identify because children with CAPD can often hear tones and sounds when they are given to them individually in a controlled environment. The disorder does not affect one's ability to hear rather than their ability to process sounds correctly. Although there is not a sure known cause for CAPD it is thought to be many factors contributing to this disorder such as: head trauma, lead poisoning, and chronic ear infections. The best way to determine if your child is being affected by this disorder is to consult an Audiologist (hearing specialist).
             Central Auditory Processing Disorder or CAPD is a disorder that affects a child's ability to process sounds that make up words. This disorder negatively affects the way in which the brain of the person affected by it turns sounds into words. Although it is a disorder that is associated with hearing, it is not caused by hearing loss. It is actually due to the brain and the ears not fully coordinating in converting sounds they hear into words. As we grow and develop our communication skills understanding words becomes easier and easier until eventually this becomes second nature. This is not the case with people who suffer from CAPD. Even when they do learn how to speak, interpreting the sound waves they hear and turning them into information that they understand is constantly a task that requires effort. So you can imagine how hard this disability might be for a child to deal with when trying to get an education.

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