Is listening in class difficult for your child?

Many kids are not excited about spending time in the classroom, especially if they have a subject they struggle with. It’s easy to put disorderly or distracted behaviour down to a lack of interest.

If your child is repeatedly labelled ‘lazy’, ‘withdrawn’, ‘disruptive’ by teachers, or they complain that it’s difficult to hear in a noisy classroom, there may be other factors at work.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  • Is often described as lazy or withdrawn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