WHAT IS CENTRAL AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDER (CAPD) ?
Central Auditory Processing (CAPD) is a neurological disorder That is also known as Auditory Processing Disorder (APD). Your child’s hearing will pass all Normal testing but when the sound reaches the brain there are problems processing and ordering the sounds. Some people have comorbidity (another learning disorder) with CAPD, like Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) with or without the hyperactivity component, and dyslexia. Attention Deficit and its components is the most prevalent co-morbid disorder with CAPD.
Children with CAPD are not usually diagnosed until the age of 7 or 8. CAPD or APD affects about 5% of school age children. Your child needs to be diagnosed by an audiologist.
MY OLDEST DAUGHTER FOUND THIS RECORDING OF WHAT A “TYPICAL” CHILD WITH CAPD HEARS THROUGHOUT THE DAY. FEEL FREE TO LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE YOUTUBE VIDEO OR YOU CAN SKIP TO 1:07 OF THE VIDEO TO HEAR WHAT YOUR CAPD CHILD HEARS.
Both my Daughters were extremely tired by the end of the day. After listening to the simulation, IT’S NO WONDER THEY ARE EXHAUSTED ALL THE TIME AND MAKE EXCUSES TO ESCAPE THEIR TEACHERS, PARENTS, PEERS INTO QUIETER AREAS!
Typical signs to be aware of to determine if your child has CAPD:
I have two daughters both with Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) but like most people, the disorder presents its self very differently. I am offering my understanding of the learning disorder, strategies that worked for my children to cope in the world with their teachers and peers, coping with environmental distractions, as well as suggestions for the paper work required for the school to make modifications for your child and working with your teachers that support your child. There are also links to “good reads”, blogs from kids with Auditory Processing Disorder, famous people with learning disorders, not just CAPD, but other disorders as well.
The mission of Thriving with CAPD is to offer a community to parents of children with central auditory processing disorder to assist in nurturing your child to be resilient, improve relationships, suggestions for helping them with their homework after a day at school, suggestions for remote learning, and recommendations for affiliate products to assist you with your supplemental teaching. I am not a professional therapist, teacher, special education teacher, but I have 17 years of experience working with my daughters to become better learners, help them to advocate for themselves, try to understand why other people treat them differently and to cope with relationships in general. Every parent wants their child to become excel in all their endeavors, to be happy, and to listen and be heard with others.
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