CAPD - FamilyEducation
06/23/2007 at 11:39 AM


I am a 13 year old girl that struggles with CAPD... It is a very hard situation and I was wondering if any of you had any advice on it.. My school is new to the disabilite and my school dosent have alot of money ither,,, We have a sound amplified system and that helps some in class but I still dont understand and I still find spelling reading and math hard..What can they be doing for me to help me improve

Hi Robyn,


Welcome to the boards.  I don't know much about CAPD, can you tell me a little bit about you and how it affects you?


Anyone have any advice on this?




Hi Robyn,

I have only recently discovered this website and just found your post tonight.  I hope you still are interested in getting some pointers about CAPD.  I have a daughter who just turned 14 in August.  She was diagnosed with CAPD, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder beginning at age 3.  I have found the biggest problem with CAPD is 1) the general public has never heard of it; and 2) because you are so beautiful on the outside it is hard for people to understand you could be anything but perfect.  Well, who do you know that is perfect?  NO ONE!!!!

I can't tell you how excited I am to have the chance to talk to you about what I have learned.  I have spent the last 10 years learning everything I could about CAPD.  Until last week at a meeting with her school I have never known or spoken with anyone with CAPD.  

I have never joined a forum before so I don't know how it works.  If this is emailed directly to you please let me know.  If you have to check the forum manually I hope you are patient and still interested.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Mary Leigh Meredith



I just read your story, and I can tell you a little about my experience w/ processing disorders.  My 4 yr old son has a processing disorder which effects his language, comprehension and social abilities.  He receives speech, OT and PT in school, and has come a long way since he was first diagnosed.  Yet, he still has a long way to go.  Have you ever been diagnosed w/ a learning disability, or have you had any other labels?  Right now, my son is considered developmentally delayed, w/ concerns regarding processing and word finding difficulties.  I also wonder if he's just a slow learner.  Do you have any of these or other issues linked to CAPD?  I've heard about a program called FastForward.  It's a computer program that is specifically designed to help enhance your processing speed and focus.  It's very expensive and requires a lot of your time, but it's worth a try.  I looked into it for my son after hearing positive things, but I was told to wait, b/c he's too young and not very comfortable w/ computers yet.  But for you, it might be worth a shot.  I hope this helps.  Good luck!

Sincerely, concerned mom 


My two boys have CAPD also - along with so many other issues. They appear very normal, but if you saw my older son, he would appear indifferent to you. He was tested a few years ago and it was found that one ear actually reversed the patterns of the incoming signals. Strange, to say the least. I didn't know it was possible. He processes very, very slowly compared to a "normal" person and can be talked to death. He hates talkers, noise, and etc. because he can't keep up with it. He, by the way, has an average or above IQ. He also has to know you are talking TO HIM, or he won't even try to follow the conversation. My younger son has a different type of CAPD problem and it's like we talk a different language. He also is above average in IQ, which I stress because being different has led many people to believe that is the problem. It isn't. I say something to him and it comes back at me in a completely different form...subject matter has changed. If he hears the wrong sounds in a spelling test, he writes the correct word for what he heard, but the wrong word for the test. His information has to be piece-mealed to him as he "chunks" it. He hears some parts and makes up the rest. He has Special Ed. Speech and Language long after articulation cleared up. He processes so differently that I have had to work with him on strategies to get the pieces he misses. Yes, I have heard of it. There are many different ways that this presents itself in any individual. Front end of the phrase droppers. Rear end of the phrase droppers. Sequence Problems - my older son will NEVER be able to alphabetize, use a book dictionary, and finds the telephone book hard to use. You can find good info online.

My daughter sounds just like your second son and I am having a hard time with her public school taking it seriuosly. Any info would help. Thanks, Shari

Hi Robyn, It is great you are able to come on the board and talk about your own situation. I haven't been diagnosed with anything but did have learning difficulties in school and didn't receive any help. Kudos to you for asking. :) I just Googled CAPD and found this website: There might be some more information for you there. Is there anyone who might be able to see about getting a government grant for you or more funding? talk to your local government representative? ( a friend of mine talked to their gov rep and got a grant so his wife could have cancer treatment) Maybe you could get funding for an assistant to help you understand your work better? to be able to create a more work friendly environment for you? (e.g. less background noise) Guess I'm not sure exactly what your needs would be but hope this helps a little. ziggy

I have struggled with CAPD and a hearing loss for 20 years now and throughout all the years of my education. One thing that always helped me was during class to literally write down everything the teacher said. I would not necessarally understand everything but that's OK. Then at night I would read over my notes with my book next to me and would piece together the lecture. It took lots of time but it was worth it when I got to college and could actually function in a large lecture class. :)

Joann, It has been 8 months since your post. How are your boys now? You mentioned the doctors were albe to test and tell that your older son reversed patterns of sound.. how did they do this? My 35 month old daughter was born mostly deaf in one ear, and is very delayed speech wise. For awhile, I've been thinking auditory neuropathy, which one ENT likened to APD. We have (another) ABR next week, and if possible, I'd love to know more about how to learn more of this. My daughter sometimes hears and replies appropriately, other times she seems to guess at an acceptable response, or just points. Much of her speech is chunks, not independent sentences. I am seeking ways to help her. Thanks!

hello i am a mother of a developmentally delayed 3 year old girl.. wondering what you think the outcome is for her or if you have heard of kids coming out of it or is it something they have and have to deal with for life... she didn't sit up alone til 1 didn't crawl til 2 and is just now at three trying to walk... speech isn't where it should be but in her own way she is just so smart.. she was even able to pick up sign launguage...she has therapy thereapy thereapy since she was a year... my biggest question is how did she end up like this... is it something i did or was around... how does this happen.. alot of docs keep asking me if she ever went without oxygen... the only thing i can remember was when she was about 4 days old we put her in the crib and in the middle of the night she had spit up her formula and she choked on it... when we heard her moving around in the crib we instantly ran over to her and she was beat red in the face and sweating.. we called 911 and they got there and got the formula out... could that episode have caused that?? i would really appreciate your input...thanks

As the mother of a now 25 y/o daughter who has Nonverbal Learning Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder, I can relate to your feelings. I too felt a lot of guilt and still sometimes wonder if it was something I did that caused her issues. Many children have some sort of issue. Seldom is it directly the fault of the parent. With the help of a supportive family, most children eventually catch up. My daughter does continue to struggle. She did not have the advantage of early intervention as your daughter has had. At 25, she is like a 16 y/o, socially immature and sometimes easily led. I feel fortunate that she now accepts her issues and takes life slowly. She does not want to have children until she is much older and says possibly never. She relies on her family and close friends to help her when she struggling and takes her meds consistantly. With love and support, your daughter will have the opportunity to have a fulfilling life. Best wishes to you both.

Hi, I use big words hear and since you mentioned you have trouble reading, you may want to have your parents read this with you. I was diagnosed with CAPD as a kid. It does get easier. First off you are protected by the Americans with disabilities Act. This means your school is responsible for providing reasonable accommodation to you. Enough with the lawyer speak lol. Your parents should be meeting with your teachers to explain your disability to them. Background noise is the worst with CAPD. In my opinion amplification systems arn't great because many distort what is being said. From what I understand about CAPD, your ears hear at normal volume. The link from your ears to brain isn;t the best and will leave out sounds. Simply making everything louder doesn't help. What does help is being closer to the person who is speaking. Sit in the front of your class all the time. If you have assigned seating, make sure your parent speak to your teacher and get you a seat up front.

Secondly, you need to train your brain to use the information you hear and fill in the blanks with context. This is hard n a fast paced school environment, but when at home you can try this. Before you say what or ask someone to repeat themselves, think about what they said for 5 or 10 seconds. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may be able to pick up most of it. It may take time to remember what you heard and re run it through your head. Concentration on separating words when you hear them. If you work at it, eventually you will be able to fill in the blanks if the person speaks clearly without to much background noise.

As for spelling, it doesn't get much better in my opinion. With CAPD we will always have trouble sounding out words so out spelling is based on pure memorization. You hear the words differently every time so its pretty hard. Just try to do the best you can memorizing and always use spellcheck. Luckily we are in an electronic age where almost every thing we write has spell check.As for reading, you need to try and work hard on that. Reading will help you understand where hearing has let you down. That being said, as you get older you will memorize words and not need to sound them out. The sounding out is hard for us with CAPD.

At school also make sure your teachers write down homework assignments and such. With CAPD it is very difficult for you to remember verbal list. This unfortunelty make school difficult since a lot of it is verbal. As you get to highschool and college, you will want to record lectures so you can review them over and over. School does get easier. You do really need to work on trying to fill in the blanks in you head before asking for a repeat. Don't get discouraged if you cant do it right away, but it really helps long term. Ask family to slow down when speaking to you. When I'm talking to people, I am normally hearing 5 seconds behind what they say. Its very difficult to hear what they are saying now while im still processing what they did say, but with practice it gets a lot easier.

I have a 140 IQ, so im not stupid by any means, but I barley graduated college. Traditional schooling is not set up to help kids like you even if you are truly smart. Dont get discouraged and just try your best. I've gotten to the point where most people dont even know i have a disability, although some might think im a little slow or rude do to my timing. Your brain gets stressed out to comprehend what your hearing so it may start to shut off your hearing when you dont need it. (im not a doctor, but that seems to happen to me) Ask people around you to get your attention with your name prior to talking to you. This allows you to start paying attention without always needing to pay attention.

Luckily it's becoming more and more common so hopefully people will understand it.

response to joannmckean Your older son will probably never like large crowds because its an over load for him to process. Eventually as he gets older he will probably rework his processing and get a little faster at it depending on severity. I work as a long haul truck driver simply becuase I enjoy not needing to process sound most of my day. I'd recommend talking slower to him when you can. Always use his name before you start talking to alert him to start listening. Its a lot of work to hear for us, so many of us subconsciously turn our hearing off when we dont need it. If he is not alert enough to respond to his name he may need a tap on the shoulder to get his attention first.

responce to joanmckean As for your younger son, it sounds like a more sever case. Since we don't hear all the info, we have to fill in the blanks. The only way I can pick the correct work and not the word that rymes with it is with context. Ask the teachers to use the word in a sentence. It might not help right away, but eventually he should be able to make more accurate guesses when he fills in the blanks.

responce to joanmckean As for dictionarys and such. He needs to memorize the visual letter symbols in order, not the way the letter sounds when he reads it. I used to think lmno was one letter from the way it sounded to me. If he memorizes visually what letters come after what he will have a much easier time. Try giving him 26 flash card with letters. have him match them up to 26 you already put in order. It starts out as just matching but eventually he will be able to do it without your reference cards. It should be easier for him to learn the alphabet visually insted of verbally. Lastly Never say never :)