If your child is repeatedly labelled ‘lazy’, ‘withdrawn’, ‘disruptive’ by teachers, or they complain that it’s difficult to hear in a noisy classroom, there may be other factors at work.
About two to five per cent of children aged six or older suffer from a condition called Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD). This makes it very difficult to listen when there’s background noise and means they can’t understand a teacher over the sounds from classmates.
The telltale signs
There are symptoms that may be an indicator of CAPD. Please consult us if your child:
- Tells you it’s difficult to hear when the classroom is noisy
- Is often described as lazy or withdrawn
- Acts out in class, which may be to divert from an inability to hear
- Gets tired from trying to hear and stop listening
- Is reliant on contextual and visual cues to fill in the blanks
- Has symptoms of other learning disorders (like attention, memory or speech-language issues), anxiety or a lack of motivation
- Suffered repeated episodes of otitis media (glue-ear), which makes them particularly susceptible to CAPD
- Finds it hard to remember and follow instructions