ERIC Number: ED427451
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Living and Working with a Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD).
Paton, Judith W.
This paper describes adult symptoms of Central Auditory Processing Disorder and provides strategies for dealing with this disability. Symptoms include talking or turning on the television louder than normal, interpreting words too literally, needing remarks repeated, having difficulty sounding out words, ignoring people, being unusually sensitive to sound, asking many extra informational questions, confusing similar-sounding words, having difficulty following directions in a series, developing speech late or unclearly, communicating poorly, memorizing poorly, hearing better when watching the speaker, and having problems with rapid speech. Strategies for compensating for the disability include: (1) asking for a desk away from computers or for a sound-absorbent partition, or using a mild-gain amplifier; (2) using earplugs and having someone else proofread work; (3) being tapped on the shoulder before being addressed conversationally and adjusting telephone bells and alarms for volume; (4) asking for information in writing; (5) taking notes and setting up a logbook for longer-term assignments; and (6) learning cues on how to read people's feelings and how to change speech accordingly. (CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Auditory Discrimination, Auditory Perception, Auditory Stimuli, Coping, Hearing Impairments, Learning Disabilities, Listening, Noise (Sound), Perceptual Impairments, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Work Environment
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