CAPD: The New Frontier

Presenter(s): Natalie Benafield, AuD, CCC-A & Charia Hall, AuD, CCC-A


The “gold standard” for screening, assessment, and treatment of (Central) Auditory Processing Disorder in children remains elusive, leading some to question the existence of CAPD as a diagnostic entity. Clinicians continue to see children who present with listening difficulties that affect reading skills, attention, and academic performance. This presentation will highlight recent research into screening tools, co-morbid conditions, and differential diagnosis. Therapeutic techniques recently used in a university clinic will be highlighted.


Natalie Benafield, Au.D., CCC-A, is in her 8th year as a faculty member in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Arkansas. Before working in academia, she spent 20 years in pediatric and educational audiology settings, where she gained extensive experience in pediatric auditory processing assessment. She has presented widely on the topic of central auditory disorder (CAPD) in children and has recently collaborated on a research team that has resulted in two publications regarding auditory processing in children.  Her areas of interest include central auditory processing disorders and hearing health for musicians.

Charia Hall, Au.D., CCC-A, is a faculty member in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Before UAMS, she worked for 5 years in a pediatric and educational audiology setting, where she gained experience in improving educational outcomes of children with hearing loss and assistive technology. Her areas of interest include assistive technology and central auditory processing disorders.


Disclosure for Natalie Benafield

Financial Relationships: None
Non-financial Relationships: ASHA member

Disclosure for Charia Hall

Financial Relationships: Yes, UAMS salary
Non-financial Relationships: Yes, ASHA member

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