Does anyone know anything about Central Auditory Processing???


Tiffany - posted on 01/09/2009




Hi Shauna!

My youngest son has CAPD too!! It took a LONG time to get him diagnosed but there is alot of information out there about it. My son was doing poorly in school too and he fell far behind and was at the low end of all the standards for kindergarten, first and second grade. It was hard to watch him struggle but every night we kept at it. Math drills, reading drills, printing practice over and over and over. We fought, he rebelled, the school told me I was a bad parent cause his grades were so low.... it was MISERABLE. I kept going because I KNEW he could overcome it. 

 We fought to get FM systems in every classroom in his school district and got them. We worked with a stereo equalizer at home and the read along books first then his favorite music.  I slowly got him used to all the noises taught him how to ignore the noises he doesn't want to hear and how to get the noises he does want to hear a little louder (asking people to speak up, moving closer to the front in the classroom, asking people to repeat themselves or write down what they are saying. getting them to draw pictures for directions helped too).

I found an article that said fish and cats are great for kids with CAPD because they help them focus (have you ever stopped to watch a fish, or started petting a purring kitty in your lap and completely lost track of time because you were so absorbed in what you were doing?) They also both have a calming effect. He got both. LOL

Long story short, he struggled for a long time, 3rd grade there was a little improvement every quarter, now its second quarter of 4th grade and he just brought home a report card that was almost all A's except in reading and writing... cronic areas of trouble for CAPD kids and he got B+'s!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Find his way.... find the way he learns and RUN with it. Ignore what the school says about how he SHOULD learn and do it his way at home. Reenforce as much as possible everything he learns in class every day. Get his teachers on board with you. A book a learned alot about how to find his way of learning was called Maverick Mind by Dr Cheri Florence. Over celebrate every acheivement and make every struggle into a learning opportunity. Re itterate over and over and over that he is NOT stupid (if hes anything like mine, in fits of frustration thats what he says about himself)and let him know that his brain just works different and you need to find the key... once you find it a whole new world will open up.

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Julieann199930 - posted on 01/09/2009




My son has an IEP for this for the last 5 years. He was 2 years behind in reading and writing and now he is pretty much caught up to grade level with little support.

If he's struggling that much, having issues in school, etc, you need to call a meeting and revise his IEP plan.

Lynda - posted on 01/08/2009




Not sure if its exactly the same but my son has auditory processing disorder and was also in a speech orientated special needs school from age three. We had a terrible time when he started mainstream primary and they maintained he was simply not very bright, as it turned out after months of fighting with the school we received help from a school in Leven, Scotland who deal specifically with children with this type of disability. My son has a very high IQ it simply depends on the way the work is presented to him and how it is worded. As long as he understands exactly what is required he does very well but it has to be very specific. If instructions are incomplete or open to interpretation he simply becomes frustrated and cannot do it. My advice would be to request that his school give him specific written instructions for any work required and ask them to give him hand outs of lectures as it will be difficult for him to learn verbally. Hope this is of some help to you appologies for the spelling as i'm dislexic. My son has gone from being signed off school with stress(age 8) to being top of his class in all subjects(age 12) so although you feel like the raging mother its worth hassling your school to do more for your child.

Shauna - posted on 01/08/2009




Hi Susan :- )

Well, make a long story sorta short....My 8 year old son has been diagnosed with c.a.p. and has been received speech therapy and other assistance since he was about 3.  Now he's in the 3rd grade and he is really struggling.  He does have an I.E.P. (i think it's individualized education plan) and everything is "supposed" to be modified for him (all his subjects in class) but this has been the worst year ever.  He's so frustrated and so am I because I just don't know how to help him.  I just feel like there has got to be something else that we can do for him.  We struggle every night with homework and he absolutely hates school...well not school but the work.  I've researched different schools in my area that cater to children with learning disorders but they are approx $15,000/year!!!!   If I could afford it I would absolutely do it but I just can't.  I'm just stuck because I'm supposed to be the person that fights for him and be his voice but I just don't know what to do.  I just thought that someone out there may have some....ANY info for me as to what to do.  Thought maybe someone was going through something similar.  Thanks so much for responding.  I appreciate it :- ) 


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