Friday Counseling Issues: Learning Disabilities

CAPD: Central Auditory Processing Disorder, sometimes also just Auditory Processing Disorder,  is a condition that affects a child’s ability to process what he hears in the same way other kids do because his ears and brain don’t fully coordinate. Something interferes with the way the brain recognizes and interprets sounds, especially speech.

Some kids with this problem are very sensitive to loud noises They will, when very young, cry if there is nearby thunder.  Fireworks?  No, no, no.  Not fun for a child who has CAPD.

It’s very easy to confuse CAPD with ADD or ADHD. (You know, I truly dislike writing in acronyms!)  Some of the symptoms are the same. The thing to watch for is whether or not the child mixes up sounds even if they are clearly pronounced.  Now, don’t get all flustered. All kids mix up sounds when they are first learning to talk. It’s hard for them to distinguish S from F, for instance, or B from D.  Often, they come up with some pretty cute, funny, or embarrassing mistakes. But as time passes, these mistakes go away. A child with CAPD?  The mistakes remain.

Background noise is a problem.  Big crowds, noisy kids in a cafeteria at school, loud music in a restaurant, can all make it very difficult for someone with CAPD to hear clearly. Feeling stupid, they learn to pretend they’ve heard and to just nod or smile rather than trying to answer.

Only 5% or so of kids actually have CAPD.  There is help.  Here is a good website if you think your child–or maybe your spouse or other relative–may have this disorder. Sometimes, just understanding it goes a long way toward living with it.

2 thoughts on “Friday Counseling Issues: Learning Disabilities

  1. Oh Me! I have all these symptoms and have had them as long as I can remember. I have compensated by knowing that I learn visually far better than by hearing. If someone can show me how to do something, I am far better off in learning.
    What’s interesting is that I tend to think that everyone learns by seeing better than hearing. For example, I attempted to show someone how to use the tread mill today. I suggested that as her first time that she not walk past 1.5 mph and for not more than ten minutes or her calves would cry out tomorrow and she would not do the treadmill again. I pointed out the essential buttons to push and where to look for her statistics. Then I went back to my walking. I walk faster now and for 12 or 13 minutes. When I stopped, she was still going. I got her to stop. She said, “I couldn’t find the minutes on the readout.” I showed her. She just could not respond to what she saw. Poor thing.
    Now, however, I know WHY I don’t learn as easily from lecture or having someone tell me how to do something. Knowing helps, even when one is advanced in years. Like me. 🙂

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