Looking for help......

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Looking for help......
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Thu, 08-28-2003 - 12:35am
Hi everyone,

Last week I was looking at this board because I have 2 children here with ADD. While I was reading a post caught my eye. Of course I should have written what I read down but didn't.

In one post a member mentioned something about ICOP or ECOP, close to that anyway. Said it had to do with how people process what they hear. I very much would like to read more about that.

If any of you recall the post would you please help me out here?

Best wishes,

Rain

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Thu, 08-28-2003 - 9:15am
Rain,

It may have been me! I talk a lot about my son's co morbid dx of Central Auditory Processing (CAPD or APD). It has caused my son to have major problems with learning to read and with social interaction with his peers.

Children who have CAPD present sometimes as possibly having trouble hearing, but test to have excellent hearing, or they act like they have AD/HD. My son doesn't act at all like he can't hear you! So that can be deceptive. What happens is, the brain hears what is being said, but the process time is slower, and the child doesn't get the whole message. Thus, if asked why he or she didn't do such and such, they often say "I don't know." The more people and noise, the more they loose. These kids are usually visual learners and learn best one on one.

If you do a search just on CAPD or auditory processing, you will get a lot of 411 on it. To include a lot of common features type checklists. My favorite board is on yahoo groups. It is moderated by a CAPD expert, Maxine Young, who has written a lot of text books on the subject. I'm reading one of her co-authored text books right now. Parent soup has a CAPD board, but it just isn't very active. The moderator is very nice, but she usually is the only one who will answer your questions, and there isn't a lot of support there. Maybe it will pick up a bit in the Fall!

It is a quite common co morbid with AD/HD, dyslexia, autism, and most LD's. It is also often misdiagnosed as being one of the before mentioned Dx's. It is an invisible and hard to catch little bugger of a disability! Yet, knowing if this is what your child is dealing with, can be very treatable! Also, a child can just have CAPD, they don't have to have anything to go with it.

It takes a visit to the audiologist to determine if your child has processing issues. If you use an audiologist, it is very important that you screen for one who knows about and has diagnosed CAPD before. Like I said, if you don't go to the appointment knowing you are looking for processing issues, they could just test his hearing and not pick up on any CAPD. In our case, we found an audiologist who specializes in CAPD, and it was covered by our insurance. So $25 and 45 min. later I knew what was up with my child. He tested at 6, but 7 and up is the ideal testing age. A lot of times Speech therapists are the first to pick up on CAPD. But, again, it can be missed. (Don't count on your school system knowing a lot about it). For example, my son has no speech delays. But he has moderate to severe processing issues.

Two great books are *When the Brain can't Hear* and *Like sound Through Water*

Tell me more about your son, and I'll tell you what I think! Not as an expert, but as a mother.

Sio

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Thu, 08-28-2003 - 9:22am
The addie for the yahoo group is:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/auditoryprocessing/

Sio

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Thu, 08-28-2003 - 6:01pm
Sio,

Thank you so much. That is exactly what I was looking for. Is it possible for sdults to be having difficulties with this also. I mean does it follow into adulthood or can it be outgrown.

Thanks again,

Rain

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Fri, 08-29-2003 - 4:06pm
Rain

Glad that 411 was what you wanted!

The answer to your question is, yes, I think so, but I'm not sure to what degree. For example, my sister, who I think has CAPD, but hasn't been tested, is a lot better now then she was as a child. However, my mother, who thinks she may have CAPD, is getting worse. There is an adult CAPD board on yahoo as well.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oldapds/

HTH

Sio