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Auditory Processing Disorder (APD / CAPD)

"At-risk children for CAPD also include those who are observed to be distractible, have difficulty starting and/or completing assignments, are easily flustered or confused in noisy environments, are sensitive to loud sounds, and demonstrate difficulty with following verbal directions.

Children with central auditory processing disorders often perform below their potential in school. They are many times classified as "underachievers" by their teachers and parents."
Central Auditory Processing Disorder

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Auditory Evoked Potentials in Low-achieving Gifted Adolescents by Thomas G. Rigo (available from Highbeam.com, by subscription, or free trial)
Rigo, Arehole and Hayes (in press) studied low-achieving gifted students using formal behavioral tests of central auditory processing ability. They found that low-achieving gifted children performed less well on various auditory processing tasks when compared to achieving gifted students and students of average intelligence. Furthermore, the performance of low-achieving gifted children was similar to that of children identified as learning disabled...
The Biology of Auditory Processing - Sound Sensitivity in Eide Neurolearning Blog
Parents and educators are perplexed by kids who show fight or flight reaction to loud classrooms, parties, movies and more, but have perfectly "normal" hearing per the audiologist. These reactions to sound that result from the brain overactivation of brain regions like the amygdala...
Brain Connection Brain Teasers
Designed to exercise the neural pathways involved in distinguishing subtle differences in sound, this group of games works at training the basic fundamentals necessary for language, listening, and reading. Improvements in these types of activities have been associated with improvements in academic performance and reading...
CAPD and the gifted child: The relevance of central auditory processing deficit to gifted education by Kay Pittelkow
Some gifted children learn most effectively through non-auditory channels. In school, they often perform well below their mental age. Because they are gifted, they are intrinsically aware of their own lack of achievement (particularly in respect to other less gifted children). They are “turned off” school and are often disruptive in class or at home showing many of the characteristics of the gifted learning disabled. The frustration, inner conflict, boredom, lack of a suitable peers and fragile self-esteem of such children translates into unruly and unsettling behaviour. These are children at risk...
Central Auditory Processing Disorder
CAPD is a condition in which one has difficulty processing or interpreting auditory information when presented in a less than optimal listening environment. Typically, individuals with CAPD have normal hearing when taking a traditional pure tone and speech hearing test but are unable to interpret or process speech when in an environment which is less than quiet...
Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)
Central auditory processing disorder occurs when the ear and the brain do not coordinate fully, auditory information breaks down somewhere beyond the ear
Earobics Helping Readers Reach
A powerful and transformative multisensory reading intervention for students in pre-K to grade 3 who struggle with reading.  Often recommended for students with diagnosed CAPD, and much less expensive than other alternatives, available in 10 languages
Fast ForWord
Audiologist supervised software intervention for auditory processing and reading difficulties...
Hearing Beyond the Ears: Part I and Hearing Beyond the Ears: Part II by Brock L. Eide and Fernette F. Eide
Despite the significance of these disorders, children with CAPD often go undiagnosed and untreated. Indeed, many doctors, teachers, and therapists have never even heard of CAPD, and many who have heard have only a vague knowledge of this often confusing field. In this paper, we would like to provide a basic understanding of the brain processes that constitute central auditory processing and the signs that might suggest that a child is suffering from CAPD.... (requires Adobe Reader)
Post-Otitis Auditory Dysfunction by John O. Willis
Post-Otitis Auditory Dysfunction (POAD) is a serious and underestimated cause of multiple learning problems in school children. Despite Boucher's (1986) dramatic findings, the problems of POAD often go unrecognized and untreated...
Professionals compiled by Carolyn K.
Need an audiologist, educational therapist, developmental optometrist for your gifted child?  These professionals have been recommended by other parents and professionals...
When the Brain Can't Hear: Unraveling the Mystery of Auditory Processing Disorder Recommended by Teri James Bellis 
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) occurs when the brain cannot process or understand correctly the sounds the ears hear, even though the ears might be functioning properly. It is rarely recognized, often misdiagnosed, and poorly understood, yet the effects can be devastating...

Last updated September 10, 2014

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