Sometimes when a child is having behavior problems or academic issues it may not be that they are acting out. There may be a deeper concern as to why your child will not listen to you or their teachers.
Unfortunately Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) is commonly mistaken for ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder. This is because the signs and symptoms are very similar.
Signs for both conditions are listed below.
~ Having a problem holding the affected persons attention.
~ Losing interest in a conversation or activity.
~ Following more than one step directions.
~ Reading and spelling my be affected or both.
~Having trouble in school with math, English or other classes.
Signs that usually are only seen in CAPD children are:
~ Speech problems.
~ Unable to learn complex vocabulary.
You may see one or all of these characteristics in a child with CAPD. The best way to know for sure if your child is affected by this disorder is to have him or her tested, first by an Audiologist (hearing doctor) to rule out that there is no other hearing problem is to blame for these symptoms.
When we hear we hear because of vibrations that the ear picks up and then sends them to the brain to have them interpreted. This is why you need an Audiologist. Because it is not that your child can’t hear, rather it is that the brain is not processing what it is hearing into legible words of understanding and comprehension. In essence your child just hears garbled sounds.
There are a wide range of treatments for CAPD. Some of them may be used in combination of each other.
~Auditory Trainer is when a teacher wear a microphone in class and the affected individual wears a speaker or receiver. This reduces the sound and actions around the student with CAPD and allows him or her to focus on the teacher.
~Simplify complex information so that the child can process the information in a more basic way.
~Practice language skills.
~Show rather than explain. Use pictures, clues, or manipulative.
~Space instruction so that the child has time to process it. Allow him or her a few seconds to answer or think about what is being said.
~ Don’t ask the affected child to write and listen at the same time.
Often Central Auditory Processing Disorder is misunderstood as just another child that needs discipline, but as you can see there is far more to this issue than misbehaving.