Auditory Processing Disorder, also known as Central Auditory Processing Disorder or CAPD is a “hearing problem that affects 5% of school aged children.” (, 2014)

Children with this condition cannot hear the same way that their peers do because the brain is misinterpreting the signal that it gets from the ears. Children with APD have normal hearing, but they report difficulties hearing, especially in the classroom setting or in the presence of elevated background noise.

Some common symptoms of CAPD are:

  • Difficulty understanding spoken directions (especially if they require many steps)
  • Difficulty focusing on a task
  • Behavioural Problems in school
  • Difficulty following conversations
  • Difficulties Reading and Spelling
  • Hearing difficulties, even with a normal hearing test
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