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Joined: Oct 29, 2004
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Posted Nov 01, 2004 at 7:50:30 PM
Subject: Central Auditory Processing Disorder

Well, I've been doing a little research and think it's highly possible that I might have CAPD. Here is a list of the "symptoms" I have, most to a significant degree. Maybe someone with CAPD will relate.

Easily distracted/bothered by suddne noises
Noisy environments upsetting
Perform better in quiet settings
Difficulty remembering a lot of directions or lengthy discussions
Reading, writing, and speech-language difficulties
Have difficulty with reading comprehension
Abstract info difficult to comprehend
Disorganized and forgetful
Conversations hard to follow
Intreprets words to literally
"Ignores"people when engrossed
Poor communicator
Hears better when watching speaker
Poor listening skills
Need more time to process information
Difficulty telling which direction a sound is coming from
Ask many extra informational questions
Memorizes poorly
Have trouble hearing clearly when it's noisy
Re-auditorization (repeating back what was heard, and then showing comprehension) - only sometimes

I was really suprised to find all this. I didn't even know CAPD existed until a couple days ago. I have Dyslexia, not to the most severe degree but it is difficult, and I know a lot of characteristics between the 2 overlap. I also have a few dysnomia (sp?) problems, with recalling words etc. and Expressive language.

Any suggestions, comments, ideas???

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Posted:Nov 02, 2004 2:21:34 AM

I did not know there was a thing called CAPD. Well maybe I know the word in danish. Anyways, I have every problem on that list except biiig problems with reading and writing. I do have small problems with that though. Maybe I should check it out. Do you know any good sites?

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Posted:Nov 02, 2004 9:55:31 AM

Hey elly,

I found this website, http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/ears/central_auditory.html . It has some pretty good general information...related to children I think, but the same symptoms apply to adults. I'll post again if I find the other sites again. You can also do a search for CAPD on Google. That is what I did.

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Posted:Nov 02, 2004 1:17:01 PM

Hi Mocha

Thanks! I googled it too. I don’t have capd, I can see that. Most of the things on the list just applies to dyscalculia too.

I have many signs of "Non Verbal Learning Disorder" too, but still, there are some things in that I don’t have – like the ability to.. how do I say it… put myself in other people’s shoes? Actually, I do that TOO much. And that is a big part of Non Verbal Learning Disorder so I don’t have that either.

All these boxes are hard to figure out… Someday someone will probably find a box JUST for me :p

Take care!

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Posted:Nov 03, 2004 1:01:02 AM

You should go up to the top of this page and use the search option for APD and CAPD; also go to the LD In Depth page and lok for CAPD or auditory processing. There is a ton of info here.

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Posted:Nov 03, 2004 12:30:26 PM

:) I can totally relate!

I have CAPD & dysnomia. I also can't tell left from right, but I think that's another issue, altogether.
As I vented a bit in another post, the dysnomia is often what iritates me the most. :x
I often refer to CAPD as "auditory dyslexia" or "the Charlie Brown's teacher's syndrome." You know, how Charlie Brown's teacher always said "wah wah WAHHH wah" ? That's how words sometimes sound to me. Not always, but sometimes.

I've found that holding the phone to my left ear (I'm right dominant) and using the subtitle function on DVDs helps immensely!

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Posted:Nov 23, 2008 10:53:14 AM

My son struggled in school since the 2nd grade. He has been diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder. He has had many of the organizational issues, memory and concentration issues you described. We found a combination of therapies to help him. He is 13 now and is doing really well.

He has had speech therapy, some emotional therapy to learn to control frustrations. We try to limit empty carbohydrates and keep him well hydrated. Drinking lots of water helps to keep him focused.

Believe it or not, XBox360 Rock Band has helped him too. Something about the coordination of the sound/beat, visual beat and hitting the drum at the same time seems to be rewiring his brain or making ear/brain connections.

For several years, he had morning flax seed oil in oatmeal or yogurt for Omega 3s. He also takes a supplement, Elevate Brain & Eye Learning Memory Supplement by BioSource Naturals which is on Amazon.com.


It contains Amino Acids, Minerals, Vitamins & Herbs for brain and eye support. They are capsules, but they open and are tasteless in yogurt, applesauce and pudding. I am a Doctor of Naturopathy and formulated this product after 6 years of research and trying to help my son. After a month of taking it, I was getting raving emails from his teachers.

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Posted:Nov 25, 2008 10:50:06 AM

Hi Mocha

APD is not so rare, I was diagnosed back in 2003.

There is an Adult APD forum the OldAPDs which as been running for over 8 years now at
where adults who have APD exchange their experiences.
There is alos the APDUk web site, which has been designed to be APD friendly and demonstrestes a few text coping strategies, have a look at

the APDUK newsleters include some artivles from the online research program "How APD affects Adults"

best wishes


dolfrog dolfrog-at-apduk.org http://www.apduk.org

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