Fortunately, there are ways to help your child overcome CAPD and improve their ability to hear and, by extension, their ability to engage with others.
A child with CAPD can be supported through three different approaches:
Change of environment
To improve the hearing of your child you can make changes to the environment. This includes informing their teacher so classwork can be done in a quieter setting or reducing the amount of time they spend in noisy places. Environmental changes can also include incorporating assistive listening devices, such as FM systems, into your child’s daily life.
Some forms of CAPD benefit from training. This doesn’t have to be a boring chore. App games like Sound Storm might look like your standard game, but train children to focus on one sound over another. These can be done at home and with parental supervision to ensure it’s done correctly. Auditory training should only be used at the recommendation of your audiologist.
Teaching coping strategies
There are a number of skills your child can develop to operate more effectively in listening and learning situations.
Whole-body listening approach
Have your child sit up straight, incline their upper body and head to the speaker, maintain eye-contact and keep an eye on the speaker.
Self-regulation and problem solving
Alert your child to their listening strengths and weaknesses, identify potential situations where listening may be difficult (for example, during sport) and encourage them to think of possible solutions to improve their listening (for example, move to a quieter corner) and then evaluate the effectiveness in the situation.
Encourage your child to repeat information outloud to remember it better.
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