The Listening Child: What Can Go Wrong?
by Stephen Prescod
Lettra Press LLC

"However there are many factors that may interfere with the normal influx of information to the brain of the child."

Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) is the inability to perceive information by children whose ability to hear is not in question and who do not exhibit signs of Attention Deficiency Disorder (ADD). The book breaks this discussion into three parts: Speech and Hearing Development, Beyond the Ear, and Management. The sections are rich in scholarly definitions as well as terms parents and teachers should understand.

The author explains how inner language gives substance and significance to what is heard by the ear. Noise interferes with communication. It can also create reading difficulties for those with CAPD issues who may be slow to learn to read by scanning a page. Prescod also suggests how to manage disruptive noise typical in large classes where teacher one-on-one remediation time is limited. The best management scenarios for creative thinking are smaller learning spaces with physically reduced noise levels.

Prescod is an expert in dealing with hearing issues, especially for children who struggle with learning within the modern school system. His specialty is speech pathology and audiology. The author set up college programs in audiology in the US and abroad. He has a double MA in education and audiology with a Ph.D. in diagnostic audiology. Originally written from a scholarly point of view, this book is the first attempt to address a layman audience. Such information will help concerned parents discuss issues and also assist teachers in school noise management. The book includes valuable assets, such as lists of what parents should watch for and work on with their children, case studies of children at various ages exhibiting CAPD, and a glossary of terms.

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