Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)
Learning Breakthrough improves auditory processing by calibrating inner ear functions that are critical to auditory functioning. This increased efficiency improves academics, language acquisition and perceptual skills.
CAPD is Not a Hearing Problem:
Since the vast majority of people with CAPD do not have a peripheral hearing problem, it is understood more as a brain processing/sensory integration problem than a hearing problem per se. As such, those affected fail to process much of what they hear which creates perceptual gaps. This creates particularly problems for children as they try to progress academically in school settings where background noise and other classroom distractions are present. CAPD clients have difficulty understanding directions and frequently need directions repeated. They may not hear clearly in noisy environments or when listening over a distance and often find it hard to follow multi-step directions and complex language. What results is a series of processing challenges that make it difficult to pay attention in academic settings or for long periods of time. Consequently, CAPD sufferers are commonly misdiagnosed with attention deficit even though they are often able to hear and attend very well in quiet, easy-listening situations.
Learning Breakthrough helps those with CAPD overcome:
- 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
- Difficulty repeating sounds, letters, or numbers in sequence
- Speech or language delays
- Tendency to drop middle consonants or phonemes when learning to speak or write
- Slow reaction time
Comorbidity Conditions of CAPD:
Because the listening and balance systems are highly integrated (they share the same vestibular-cochlear apparatus), those with CAPD are consistently observed to have parallel deficits (called co-morbid conditions) in coordination, handwriting, language acquisition, and general academic performance (reading fluency, comprehension, mathematics, and others). This slow or delayed processing of information is a result of slow neural reaction times and is often indicative of other sensory processing weaknesses.
Balance, Posture and Sound Tracking:
Although we think of auditory processing in the limited terms of "hearing", the actual auditory system is deeply integrated into higher level brain functions and, like all brain systems, orients itself to the rest of the world via our balance system. Auditory processing is also uniquely "hard wired" into the balance system because of the fact that they share the brain's critical vestibular organs. These organs not only orient us to our position in space but also make the defining measures that allow us to differentiate where sounds are coming from, at what intensity and how they are prioritized relative to other sensory signals. Understanding how fine balance, posture and proper sound frequency tracking have an impact on audiological functions is critical to understanding how our two ears work together to influence all of our cognitive processes. Learning Breakthrough strengthens the entire process that underlies learning by focusing on vestibular training with a specialized variable difficulty balance platform.
Auditory Treatment - Audiologist Approved Solution:
Learning Breakthrough's treatment approach is aimed at breaking the pattern of child and parent frustration by directly strengthening (through repeated brain processing exercises) the quantity and strength of the neural connections that enable effective auditory signal comprehension. Audiologists were among the program's earliest adopters and for good reason. They know from experience that CAPD can be helped and the cycle of academic challenge can be broken.
Anyone who suffers from CAPD can use Learning Breakthrough to improve auditory efficiency (through balance and sensory processing training) and agressively impact the brain's inherent auditory abilities. Central to the program is the Belgau Balance Board which allows for balance training to be done at constantly increasing levels of difficulty that can be calibrated to the progress rate of each individual's unique training rate. Combined with the pendulum ball, stimulation, auditory function and brain timing processes are refined and brought into acceptable ranges. The resulting improvements unlock a life time of learning improvements and decrease the frustration that auditory processing delays bring with them.