CVI and Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)

CAPD is the difficulty or deficits in the neural processing of auditory information, or when the brain has difficulty processing the sound taken in by the ears ( It’s when the brain and the ears don’t work well together.

CVI and CAPD is a common topic in the CVI parent community, and some adults with CVI report difficulty processing sound and speech. This is an area that needs more research. Is CAPD common in people with CVI? Or does the difficulty with sensory integration for many with CVI impact auditory processing? For example, many with CVI are not able to look and listen at the same time, so if they are actively using their vision, they are not fully taking in auditory information.

Maurice Belote, Co-chair of the National Coalition on Deafblindness,  argues that if we suspect possible CAPD in a student with CVI, there are things we can do that will help that child use their hearing better and won’t do the child any harm. These are simple strategies that we can all employ as educators, professionals, and families.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will
Define Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)
Describe common signs of CAPD
Explain how CAPD is diagnosed
Explore strategies for supporting children with CAPD

Watch the recorded conversation on CVI Now, or register for continuing education credits on this page.

Approximately one hour
1.5 Continuing Education
1.5 Professional Development
1.5 CTLE