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Central Auditory Processing Disorder
What Is CAPD?
CAPD stands for Central Auditory Processing Disorder. Many people now refer to it as APD. When an educator or professional is concerned about APD in a child, they are concerned about whether a child can actually PROCESS what is heard. Auditory processing is a crucial aspect of integration, combining sensory input, language, memory, attention and timing to draw conclusions from information that has been heard.
Since the auditory mechanism is located so closely to the movement center of the brain, it becomes clearer that learning is not all in your head. The basic sensory systems, especially movement, play a key role in learning, according to the latest in brain-based research.
There are several preventive measures you can take with APD children:
1. Allow children additional time to process what has been said
2. Make eye contact ALWAYS and talk slowly and rhythmically
3. Don't give more than 2 step directions usually
4. Give visual cues and demonstrations as often as possible, don't teach just with verbal information.
5. Obtain advice from your educators and professionals on treatments for this disorder. At Center of Development we can help start the treatment by doing Therapeutic Listening Program.
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