Children who have difficulty hearing or reading sounds within words have weak phonemic awareness. This issue causes challenges in phonological processing, which often shows up as reading, spelling and organization of words. Children with CAPD often face these challenges, and learning to read is huge hurdle. Some reading programs assist children in learning how to decipher and recognize phonemes, which in turn gives them the tools to learn how to read.

Cognitive therapies utilize the processing of information to stimulate the brain and assist in reorganization of the neural pathways. By using focused problem solving, cognitive therapies assist in developing required learning skills (such as attention), which become hardwired in the brain with repetition of the exercises. Successful outcomes of cognitive therapies are permanent and do not require repetition of therapy down the line.

Neuro-motor therapies involve the combined use of movement and neurologically stimulating activities. Since CAPD can sometimes effect the vestibular system, sensory integration issues and movement issues (i.e. balance, coordination, timing) can arise The Neuro-motor therapies strive to bring the vestibular system back into balance while stimulating the brain in an effort to reorganize and balance the entire system.

There are at least a half dozen well-known listening therapies on the market that say they can help everything from autism to ADHD. Most have not had definitive research done on them, so it is unclear if they help or not. There are a lot of personal stories that these therapies have a dramatic impact. The consensus really seems to be that you won't know if it will help until you try it.

There are several auditory training therapies that have been shown to be effective in helping CAPD. Some of these therapies can be done at home, some require going to a center where they administer and oversee the program. In order to be effective, these therapies generally require a dedicated amount of time each day for a specific number of weeks.

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