Date of Award

Spring 2008

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Audiology (AuD)


School of Communication

First Advisor

Sheryl Shoemaker


Central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) is a deficiency in processing of auditory information. Due to this deficiency, a variety of behaviors can be seen including listening difficulties in background noise, difficulties following oral instruction, and difficulties discriminating and identifying speech sounds. These behaviors result in inattention and academic difficulties. With these characteristics being present in other disorders such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, language/learning deficits, and high functioning autism (i.e., Asperger's syndrome) diagnosis of CAPD becomes complicated.

The Louisiana Tech University Speech and Hearing Center uses a CAPD case history for a child that was adopted from Robert Keith in 2003. The purpose of this paper is to determine the efficacy of the subsections (e.g., general history, statement of the problem, birth and developmental information, medical history, personality traits and physical characteristics) through literature based research. Assuming that some items listed on the current CAPD case history are not supported by literature, a proposed new CAPD case history form for children will be developed based on information found.