Central Auditory Processing Disorder Checklist

Auditory processing problems in children by age

CAPD checklist of symptomsMany children experience occasional learning and behavior issues. However, if a child displays difficulties consistently, a starting point would be to consider if central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) is responsible.

Auditory processing disorder symptoms vary by age, making this checklist of signs  by age more helpful than a general list.

Auditory Processing Checklist

Early Childhood

Common auditory processing difficulties include:

  • Learning to speak
  • Being able to rhyme
  • Separating meaningful sounds from background noise
  • Remembering stories or songs
  • Staying focused on a person’s voice
  • Confusing similar sounding words
  • Slow start to recognizing letter sounds in words (as opposed to alphabet)

Speech and language skills — the most common outward signs of an auditory processing problem — generally receive vigorous attention from teachers and parents using accommodations that work around the underlying difficulties.

Elementary Age Checklist

Common auditory processing problems include:

  • Remembering and following spoken directions
  • Difficulty with reading — sounding out and/or reading comprehension
  • Inattentiveness in class, doing homework or while reading
  • Mishearing words of songs
  • Spends too much time on homework
  • Word retrieval

Many aspects of auditory processing dysfunction only surface in elementary school when multi-tasking comes into play. He may learn to decode as expected, but will run into trouble with reading comprehension which requires decoding AND understanding content.
Auditory processing related reading problems

Teenagers and Adult Checklist

central auditory processing disorder checklistAuditory processing disorder in teenagers is harder to detect, since by high school most outward speech and language issues disappear. This does not always mean however that the auditory processing problems have gone away. Rather, they morph into different impediments to academic success.

Common signs of auditory processing disorder in teenagers and adults include:

  • Talks louder than necessary
  • Reading progress stalls and/or reading reluctance develops
  • Disappointing performance in high stakes tests
  • Slow worker in tests and/or homework
  • Struggles to remember a list or sequence
  • Often needs words or sentences repeated
  • Interprets words too literally

If your child has three or more of the issues on this auditory processing disorder checklist, you should consider taking action.

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