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The aim of this short course is for participants to gain insight into the diagnosis and management of Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD). Site-of-lesion, clinical presentation, definitions and terminology used will be described. Assessment methods and management procedures, including classroom acoustics and management of children with CAPD in the classroom will be presented. Throughout the course, evidence-based procedures will be highlighted and reference will be made to the relevant literature.


Participants will have the knowledge and skills required to:
  1. Differentiate and define CAPD;
  2. Explain how the auditory system works and understand the site-of-lesion for CAPD;
  3. Implement evidence-based clinical practices which maximise listening;
  4. Understand the referral concerns associated with a CAPD evaluation and identify children at risk of having APD and respond by advising parents of services with expertise in CAPD;
  5. Gain insight into the assessment process;
  6. Understand the different strategies for managing CAPD and when each is appropriately applied; and
  7. Be aware of classroom management strategies including controlling classroom noise.

PRESENTATION - Dr Chyrisse Heine

Children with typical hearing learn language through listening to and imitating the speech of others, particularly the primary caregiver. This process is initiated in utero and from close to birth, babies commence the development of their expressive language and speech production. The auditory cortex of the brain matures at a rapid rate, synchronously, as a key element of the integrated system; the auditory feedback mechanism could be described as the glue which links the elements of this sensory system.
With modern high quality digital hearing aids and cochlear implants, learning spoken language through listening is an option that the majority of parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing can choose for their children. Students who are bilingual and bicultural also use their auditory systems to develop oral language.  A comprehensive understanding of the structure and function of the Auditory System is fundamental knowledge required by Teachers of Deaf (TODs). This Professional Learning Program (PLP) will provide a refresher for TODs and allied professionals, including the latest research evidence in the basics of auditory processing and auditory rehabilitation with reference to hearing loss.