Central Auditory Processing Disorders: A Distinct Diagnosis

3 modules


Course Length
90 mins

Continuing Education Department



Through written, auditory, and interactive learning methods, participants will contrast functional deficits observed in language processing with those observed in those with auditory processing challenges, assess diagnostic and treatment approaches, and distinguish key functions of the SLP on an interdisciplinary team. 

Instructor: Catherine Conlin

Catherine Conlin Ph.D, CCC-SLP

Catherine is a speech-language pathologist with 25 years of experience in clinical and school settings. She has been in private practice since 1998 specializing in written language development with a subspeciality in Central Auditory Processing Disorders. Catherine received her PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2009, from Florida State University, in conjunction with the Florida Center for Reading Research.

A certified member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association, Catherine is trained in various multi-sensory approaches for language and literacy development, including Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes™, RAVE-O for auditory and visual processing and CAPDOTS Integrated, FastForWord and other auditory training approaches.

  • Financial Disclosures: Catherine was employed by Presence to create this course.  
  • Non-Financial Disclosures: Catherine is trained in treating children with central auditory processing disorders (CAPD) and uses the methods outlined in this course. 

Target Audience:  Speech-language Pathologists

Education Level: Intermediate

Time Ordered Agenda: 

  • Introduction to this Course, this Content, this Instructor (15 minutes)

  • Introduction to Language Processing (6 minutes)

  • Background on CAPD (10 minutes)

    • Brief review of anatomy and physiology of CANS

    • Types of deficits in the central auditory pathway that lead to the diagnosis of CAPD

    • Education model (Buffalo) versus medical model (Bellis/Ferre, Chermak/Musiek)

  • Confusion between Language Processing and Central Auditory Processing Disorder (16 minutes)

  • Identification (18 minutes)

    • CAPD Diagnostic Test Battery–important tests to expect when referring for an evaluation

    • CAPD Diagnosis–percent of population, criteria, need for more equitable referral/evals–some research to support effectiveness of personal amplification devices (advocating in schools)

  • Treatment and Intervention of CAPD (20 minutes)

  • Conclusion (5 minutes) 

Contact Hours: 1.5 hours

Cancellation Policy: 

Continuing education courses are offered at no cost to contracted and employed Presence providers. In the event a course is canceled, the participants will have the option to attend a rescheduled event offered within 60 days of the canceled course.

Please note: Registered participants who register for live courses but do not attend or cancel with less than 24 hours notice may have future course registration restricted after three documented incidents.

Accessibility Policy: 

Our courses are intended to be accessible by addressing the needs of not only people with mobility impairments, but also those with sensory impairments (i.e., hearing, speech, vision), and emotional or learning disabilities. Available accommodations include but are not limited to Closed Captioning, color contrast, transcription of auditory and visual information, as well as adjustable font sizes. Please contact the Continuing Education team at ceteam@presencelearning.com to request additional accommodations.

Complaint Policy:

Any course concerns should be directed to Presence's Continuing Education team at ceteam@presencelearning.com within two weeks of course completion.

Completion Requirements: 

To earn a course certificate, participants are required to complete the course, pass a quiz with 80% accuracy (3 attempts are allowed), and complete a course feedback survey. 

Please download your certificate upon completion of the course.



  • The learner will contrast 3 functional deficits observed in Language Processing with deficits observed in Auditory Processing. 
  • The learner will match top down and bottom up treatment approaches to 2 student scenarios. 
  • The learner will distinguish 2 key functions of the SLP on an interdisciplinary team. 
  • The learner will assess diagnostic criteria to determine if a referral to an audiologist is appropriate for 2 student scenarios. 


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Central Auditory Processing Disorders: A Distinct Diagnosis

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