help understanding CAPD

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Registered: 10-04-2008
help understanding CAPD
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Thu, 06-03-2010 - 4:15pm
hi there-i'm new here and wondering if these sensory issues are similar to what my DS 11 yo has been diagnosed with- a central auditory processing deficit or disorder? his hearing is not affected but what he hears does not get translated to his brain properly-it gets mixed up, not there at all, sounds switched up-in general he does not understand the majority of the time. while at school his grades have been good but he's been labelled as one of those kids who disrupts the class, doesn't pay attention, doesn't listen or focus. i'm hoping for some support, guidance, ideas or stragedies. hopefully i'm in the right spot. i know he's a smart child and as the teachers say he could excell if he would just put in some effort. unfortunately it's not that he isn't putting in the effort and i don't want him to fail and feel worse about himself before the school intervienes. (i hope my spelling isn't too bad lol). i thought this might be a good place to search for what i'm looking for. thanks.
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Registered: 09-12-2008
Sat, 06-12-2010 - 10:02am

Hello and welcome to the board. My son is only 5 and doesn't have an official dx of CAPD because they can't really test until 7, but he does have a definite processing disorder. Is your son seeing an OT (occupational therapist)?

My son is starting OT again on Monday. His whole entire sensory system is out of whack. His therapist explained that until his other sensory issues are addressed his processing issues and language issues will remain a problem.

He does not know where his body is in space. Gabe can be disruptive as well, but only when other kids are making too much noise. He tends to "copy" bad behavior, but after watching this happen a few times I realized something. He is melting down because he doesn't know how to react to the other child that isn't listen. It usually happens when the other child is being loud and moving around a lot. Gabe is sensitive to sounds, rapid movement of others, and a few other things. When I was watching him I could see his anxiety level raising as the other child was acting out....soon enough Gabe was also acting out. Maybe that's something that is happening with your son.

Also with CAPD kids have a hard time understanding those words and sounds and keeping up with conversations. Someone explained real well one time that people with CAPD here people talk that sound like the teacher on Charlie Brown. "waaa, waaa, waaa, waaa" Hope that makes sense. So, if that is the case....no wonder your son can be a distraction in class. He is probably frustrated that he can't keep up with the lessons his teacher is teaching.

There are things that can help child with CAPD. Sitting in the front of the room, sound/radio systems (teacher wear mic, student wears speaker system), and visual prompting.

I hope you get some good solid answers...and don't be afraid to "make" the school help your son. Has the OT from the school met with your son?



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