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Diagnosing Central Auditory Processing Disorder
If you suspect Central Auditory Processing Disorder ("CAPD"), you should first take your child to see a pediatrician, to make sure that there aren’t other medical problems contributing such as hearing problems, e.g. due to ear infections. The actual audiology testing for CAPD is done by an...
How Hearing And Balance Work
Hearing is one of the five senses. It is a complex process of picking up sound and attaching meaning to it. The human ear is fully developed at birth and responds to sounds that are very faint as well as sounds that are very loud. Even in utero, infants respond to sound.  The ability to hear...
What Is Central Auditory Processing Disorder?
Central Auditory Processing Disorder ("CAPD") is a condition where someone has normal hearing, but the brain is unable to properly process the information it has heard, and thus the person ends up having trouble understanding what is heard.Because so much of our lives depends on sound...
Social Language Use (Pragmatics)
You have invited your friend over for dinner. Your child sees your friend reach for some cookies and says, "Better not take those, or you'll get even bigger." You're embarrassed that your child could speak so rudely. However, you should consider that your child may may not...
Childhood Apraxia of Speech
What is childhood apraxia of speech? What are some signs or symptoms of childhood apraxia of speech? How is childhood apraxia of speech diagnosed? What treatments are available for children with apraxia of speech? What other organizations have information about childhood apraxia...
Auditory Processing. Did You Know..?
Here are the five main problem areas that can affect both home and school activities in children with Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD): Auditory Figure-Ground Problems: This is when the child can't pay attention when there's noise in the background. Noisy, low-structured...
Understanding Auditory Processing Disorders in Children
by Becky L. Spivey, M.Ed.What is an auditory processing disorder?Auditory processing describes what happens when our brains recognize and interpret the sounds around us. Humans hear when sound travels through the ear and changes into electrical information interpreted by the brain. The...
Talk to Me: Suggestions for Getting Children to “Open Up”
by Keri Spielvogle, M.C.D., CCC-SLPSometimes you may find it difficult to get a child to talk to you, especially one with a language disorder. He/she may already be aware that something’s not right, or just be shy. Either way, it is challenging when you need to assess a child’s speech...
Oral Motor Developmental Milestones
by Megan-Lynette Richmond, M.S., CCC-SLPWhat is oral motor development?Oral motor development refers to the use and function of the lips, tongue, jaw, teeth, and the hard and soft palates. The movement and coordination of these structures is very important in speech production, safe swallowing,...
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