Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) is a condition which 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 problems, particularly at school where the background noise and other distractions of a normal classroom are added. As the teacher of these children you understand the frustration they experience as they try to function in a classroom setting. You also know that unless the problem is solved, they will fall further and further behind.
Children with CAPD often have:
- Difficulty understanding instructions
- The need to have directions to be repeated
- Problems understanding in the presence of background noise
- Spelling, reading, and other academic problems
- Behavioral problems
- Difficulty repeating sounds, letters, or numbers in sequence
- Speech or language delays
- A tendency to drop middle consonants or phonemes when learning to speak or write
- Slow reaction time
Since many children with CAPD do not have a peripheral hearing problem, it is safe to say that CAPD is more 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 is the result of slow reaction time and is indicative of slow brain processing and a sensory integration disorder.
Children who suffer from CAPD can improve brain processing speed and sensory integration efficiency by engaging in balance therapies that have the effect of increasing neural involvement. Ask yourself this simple question. “How can I begin to address the brain processing problems that are a major cause of my student’s lack of ability to process auditory information efficiently?” Balametrics has developed products and therapies that use balance as the central component to addressing brain-processing disorders.
Central to the program are the Belgau Balance Board, which allows for balance therapy to be done at constantly increasing levels of difficulty, and the Pendulum Ball, which stimulates the development of brain timing processes.
These therapies are very effective at improving the brain processes and sensory integration disorders that are responsible for 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 in all brain processes. By improving basic brain organization, Balametrics’ therapies can help students with CAPD to process auditory information more efficiently and improve academic success.
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