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Diagnosing CAPD

The purpose of diagnosing CAPD is to determine if this is what the individual’s challenges are best described by.  If CAPD is the diagnosis then further testing will indicate what characteristics of CAPD are present and the nature of the deficits.

Screening for CAPD can be done by a speech-language pathologist.  Rule out evaluation for related disorders can be completed at the Rosenberg Center by members of our team including psychology, medical providers, occupational therapy and educational professionals. 

For diagnostic purposes testing must be complete by an audiologist specializing in CAPD. 

Thorough testing for CAPD provides information about how the left hemisphere and the right hemisphere of the brain communicate.  It also assesses how the hemispheres of the brain communicate with each other and exchange information.  Testing also looks at the function of brainstem auditory structures and functioning. 

 Testing will indicate the presence or absence of neural (brain based) deficits in the auditory system.  In many cases it may also help guide intervention that will best help the individual. 

A team assessment will allow for differential diagnosis.  This will involve speech and language testing, cognitive assessments, tests of motor skills as well as a medical evaluation.  Further testing can also rule out learning differences. 

A diagnosis of CAPD is made when a child shows significant differences and significantly delayed functioning in 2 or more areas of auditory processing.  Lack of an identifiable pattern argues for global delays or a differential diagnosis such as ADHD or dyslexia.  Children can have these things as well as CAPD, but this is where careful testing and diagnosis is needed. 

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