Myesha is a four-year-old female growing up in a two-parent family and has one older sister (age 7). She lives in a middle class neighborhood where there are many young children and a neighborhood park. She likes to go to the park and play with other children. Her parents have become very concerned that while she can talk, her words do not sound like those of other children. She often seems to misunderstand what others say, though her parents know that she understands the words. They are frustrated because it seems that she can understand what she hears occasionally, but not always. They know that she will struggle in kindergarten next year if this does not change. They had her hearing tested. It is normal.
Their daughter’s teacher suggested that they have Myesha tested for a Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) which can be a reason for her slight speech delay and hearing problems.
Explain how speech is understood in the brain using one of the word recognition models from your reading. Describe how word recognition is important to treating Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPDs). What treatments might be used to help Myesha recognize words better?