Suggestions for Parents
Remember, the child with Central Auditory Processing Disorder may have normal
hearing, yet, does not process or understand parts of the message. Therefore, he/she may appear to be inattentive, while actually your child is struggling to understand.
It is therefore suggested:
1. Get your child's attention before speaking and cue him/her to tune in by saying
something like: "This is important......." or, "Listen carefully......".
2. Break information down into short chunks or segments and pause in between
each. For example: "Finish your dinner (pause), put the dishes in the sink (pause),
and, wipe off the table." This allows your child more time to process or absorb the
3. Encourage your child to let you (and his/her teachers) know when he/she does not
4. If your child does not understand something, rephrase it.
5. Provide a quiet place for your child to do homework. This should be away from
the television, radio, and other distracting noises.
6. Check you child's understanding by asking him/her to rephrase what he/she heard.
Say something such as "Now, what did I say?".
7. If possible, try to arrange for your child to sit close to the teacher in class.
8. For younger children, play games that require careful listening, such as
"Simon Says", "Musical Chairs", or "Giant Steps". In this way, you will be giving your child
opportunities for much needed practice while having fun.
9. Realize that your child has to work extra hard to listen and may become tired.
Provide opportunities for breaks where the child can do something quiet or get up and
move around and give his/her ears and brain a rest!
10. Encourage your child to relax and listen to music so that listening can be
experienced as a pleasant, undemanding activity.