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Peer Review

Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD)



Overall Numeric Rating:

2.25 stars
Content Quality: 3.5 stars
Effectiveness: 1.25 stars
Ease of Use: 1.75 stars
Reviewed: Mar 14, 2011 by Communication Sciences and Disorders
Overview: This is a text only article that discusses central auditory processing disorders and “how the brain must function in order for processing to take place normally.” Symptoms, treatments, and research status are discussed.
Type of Material: Text article
Recommended Uses: Good background information for independent reading. Not at all interactive. Might be used in undergraduate intro course, or for grad students to analyze and compare available information for clients for accuracy, etc.
Technical Requirements: Web access and browser
Identify Major Learning Goals: Students will learn very basic info about CAPD: what is CAPD; causes; symptoms; research being conducted (as of 2004); treatments; resources for learning.
Target Student Population: Introductory. Could be used for undergraduate level course. Article designed for public/parents, not professionals.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: This material is good for use with people unfamiliar with the concept and for whom jargon or technical wording would be inappropriate.
Concerns: The material is concise, clear, and not at all confusing; however it is of such a basic, low level that it has limited use in an educational setting. Good resources listed, but no references.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 1.25 stars
Strengths: Good model for students of how to explain a concept to families. Possible good introduction to CAPD for students who are in a general education style intro to CSD class.
Concerns: No actual references given. No technical details available. Not interactive. No learning objectives, no progressive building of concepts. Mentions connections with LD and ADD but no demonstration of how they are related.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 1.75 stars
Strengths: Easy to read and navigate article.
Concerns: Just text, nothing visually appealing or interactive. No case studies. Written in 2004. In rapidly changing area of content, not sure it is most current.

Other Issues and Comments: Nice introductory article and useful example for students of how to explain things to patients/families without causing confusion. This might be the most valuable aspect of the content.