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The Homeschool Diner's Guide to
Special Needs Homeschooling
Learning Disabilities

Homeschooling with
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
aka Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)
aka Auditory Comprehension Deficit

Hearing doesn't just involve the ears... a person's brain also has to
process and make sense of what the ears hear.  When children are
diagnosed with an auditory precessing disorder, it means there is a
problem with the information not being properly processed by the brain,
even though their actual hearing may test as normal.  

Children with APD have trouble comprehending the information they
hear.  They have a hard time following verbal instructions.  They find it
very hard to focus on a lecturer's voice in a noisy room.  They may not
be able to tell the difference between letters that sound similar.  Having
APD affects a child's language development, ability to communicate, and
ability to learn.  APD can only be diagnosed thru a series of auditory
tests administered by a specially trained Audiologist.

Auditory Processing Disorders in Children  from LD Online

What is Central Auditory Processing Disorder?  from the National
Institute of Health

Auditory Processing Disorders in Children -- good info from the
National Institute on Deafnes and Communicative Disorders

What kind of hearing test do they use to diagnose CAPD?

Where do you find audiologists to test for APD?  ... but you will still  
need to check with the various programs to see if they use the
recommended tests

Hearing beyond the Ears: Part 1 and Part 2  by Drs. Brock and
Fernette Eide -- a technical article that describes what areas an
audiologist needs to assess to do a comprehensive evaluation for
CAPD, ask if the audiologist you choose will be using similar tests to
those described in the article  

Strategies for coping with CAPD in the classroom  from LD Online

When the Brain Can't Hear: Unraveling the Mystery of the
Auditory Processing Disorder
-- a book by Teri James Bellis, PhD

online CAPD support group from The Heart of a Mother

Related Issues:

Attentional Disorders (ADHD)

Learning to Communicate

Excess Teacher Talk Swamps Children -- by Linda Doherty,
education editor of the Sydney Morning Herald

Is Your Child Gifted?

Auditory Processing Disorder in the Gifted Child

ADD/ADHD in the Gifted Child