Central Auditory Processing
Processing Disorder (CAPD) is a condition that places those
who suffer from it at a great disadvantage in many ways. It
can be particularly difficult for children as they try to
succeed academically. It creates many problems, particularly
at school where the background noise and other distractions of
a normal classroom are added. As a parent, you understand the
frustration your child experiences at home, at school, and in
social and play settings. You know that unless the problem
improves, your child will fall further and further behind.
Children with CAPD often have:
The need to
have directions to be repeated.
understanding in the presence of background
Spelling, reading, and other
Difficulty repeating sounds,
letters, or numbers in sequence.
or language delays.
A tendency to drop
middle consonants or phonemes when learning to speak or
Since many children
with CAPD do not have a peripheral hearing problem, CAPD is
beleived to be more of a brain processing/sensory integration
problem than a hearing problem. Children affected by CAPD
process information more slowly than it is received,
therefore, they fail to process much that they hear creating
perceptual gaps. They have difficulty understanding directions
and frequently need directions repeated. This slow processing
of information may be the result of slow reaction time and
could be indicative of slow brain processing and a sensory
Children who suffer
from CAPD may improve brain processing speed and sensory
integration efficiency by engaging in balance exercises that
have the effect of increasing neural involvement. The Learning
Breakthrough Program uses balance as its central component to
address brain processing difficulties.
Central to the
program is the Belgau Balance Board, which allows for balance
therapy to be done at constantly increasing level of
difficulty and the Pendulum Ball, which stimulates the
development of brain timing processes.
have been reported to be very effective at improving the brain
processes and overcoming the sensory integration difficulties
that may be responsible for some of the problems associated
with CAPD. In order to understand the link between balance and
CAPD, it is necessary to understand the role that the
vestibular system (balance sense) has on all brain processes.
The Learning breakthrough Program has been reported to help
students with CAPD process auditory information more
efficiently and improve academic success.
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