back in April my daughter's teacher phoned us at home and said i think that Kwynn is having problems hearing, you need to get her hesaring checked" she was having trouble with the phonics and language development at school, and was also very easily distracted by others in the classroom. so we did. her hearing is fine. the school learning resource teacher assessed her and then told us that kwynn has a auditory memory problem, and that it is part of a central auditory prossessing (cap). she can sound out all the sounds to make up a word, but by the time sghe gets to the end of the word, she basically has forgotten the first sound.
has anyone else ever had to deal with this issue and if so what did you do to help your child. she is getting very discouraged because her "friend" at school said that she was dumb becauce she can't read as well as the others.
I feel for you! I truly do. I have 4 sons. I home school them. Two are ADHD AND dyslexic. The youngest has had what I would call CAP symptoms all his life. I have had him to the speech pathologist twice and they agree there is something going on. But an audiologist is the only one who can truly make this diagnoisis. I am currently trying to decide if I should take that route to help him. Our insurance won't pay for it. It is very expensive. And there is truly no "cure". My son doesn't seem to be able to pick up meanings of words in sentences as they are spoken. He is 10 now and I am continually shocked each time I learn another word that he has no clue what it means. He reverses things in his mind. From the time he was able to talk he would ask me for the opposite of what he really wanted. He would ask me, " Would you unzip my coat?" When he really wanted it zipped. And he would also do the exact opposite of what you asked. And you could tell he wasn't rebellious. He turly thought you meant the opposite of what you said.
Anyway I have done a lot of research on line about language processing disorders and central auditory processing disorders.( I am an ex-Rn as I call myself and feel comfortable doing this) The shcool should be able to help you a lot! There are CD ROMs ( which I can't purchase as they are too expensive but the school should provide them for you) They practice their listening skills, the phonetic sounds. Here are a few web sites that have some learning helps for teachers and parents, but I would be certain of your daughter's dignosis first. I wouldn't just accept anyone saying this. Does she have training? What is her background? Those kind of things. I would think you would have noticed problems at home BEFORE this. Have you? She needs to be properly assessed before she is "labeled" and before she can be helped properly.
Anyway here are some sites:
Just remember that God made her the way she is and it is GOOD! Practice and patience and perserverance! That goes a long way to any problem. Tell her how wonderful she is. Tell her that many people were told they were stupid ( like Einstein and Edison ) and they were smarter than them all. If she truly has this disorder it can be dealt with. I don't hide anything from my boys. I am upfront and matter of fact about it. I wouldn't lie to them if they had a broken leg and try to keep it from them. Or if they needed glasses. It isn't anything to be ashamed of. It simply is. And the label doesn't mean that they are exactly like all those who have the same thing. They are unique creations of God. But understanding "the label" does help you to deal with it day to day. Less frustration and more appropriate expectations. For them and for you! Here is a big hug! Let me know how it goes! I SO want to be able to help my son get properly dianosed, but being a home schooler is hard when it come to testing and diagnosis. He is benefited by being at home too though...less pressure and peer comments. So I tell myself it is all good! My prayers for you are going up!
I don't have any info for you but wanted to let you know that I will be praying for your dd. Stephanie
Wife to Chris for 20 years
Mom to Trent and Autumn
thank you to leslie for the info and to stephanie for the prayers.
sorry it took me so long to write back, i have a nasty cold, and it is all i could do to keep the munchkins in line.
Kwynn is a bright, wonderful, loving, caring and genuine sweet natured girl. we always tell her she is a gift from God. we always praise her for her acheivements and encourage her when she tries but doesn't succeed. there fore she is not afraid to try new things.
we have switched her schooling from a large public one to a small private Christian school. her class will only have 8 kids in it. that is great for Kwynn, it means she will get more one on one with the teacher and less distractions from other classmates. the school has a great tutoring program, and the lady who runs it has her bachelors in special education. we already met with her and really like the plan that she came up with for Kwynn.
she will have the cap testing done at the end of august, which we have to pay for. in canada it costs $80.
leslie -- like your son, she still mixes up words or the ending of words. we try to correct her in a postive way. when you are talking to her alot of the time she will not look at your face. you can see her eyes wonder to what is going on around her. so one of our house rules ( that everyone has to follow ) is that is someone is talking to you, you must look at them. she can't follow directions with multiple steps i.e. get p.j.s on, brush teeth, go bathroom, wash up. verbal instructions are 'forgotten' after the first 2 or 3 so in our house we made charts for certain things, one is bedtime and one for getting ready for school. they help and she is getting better.
gotta go baby just woke up
thanks you so much for all
Great! Sounds like you guys are on the ball! Luke does the exact same thing about multiple directions. I sure do wish we could have him CAP tested as well. I just don't know how to swing it. But I have given it over to the Lord and He will bring it to pass if it is His will! I should make up a flip chart for him. Good idea! Best wishes to you and I hope you feel better!
Originally Posted by mommyto3
I am in the same boat. My son is five, almost six. He didn't really speak much to his teacher last year. He is really shy. Well, by mid March, he finally began to open up. The teachers did an ďassessmentĒ and recommended that he attend speech therapy next year. When they were doing their assessment, they were taking him out of class. He didnít understand why he was being removed from class while everyone else was left in the room to learn. So, he knew something wasnít right. He made comments that he was dumb and I didnít want him to be embarrassed or to feel unworthy, so, I decided to take him to a pathologist this summer. My thought was if I could get this corrected before school starts, Ryan will be good to go come August. She tested him with the Peabody picture vocabulary test and several others. His auditory comprehension and expression communication scores were below normal. He could not retain information from an eight word sentence. The therapist requested a hearing test to rule out any damage. Kids with allergies, at times, may have a block and are unable to hear. She said it was equivalent to adultís ears popping on a plane, but we are aware. They are not aware this has happened and they assume it is normal to hear that way. I called the pediatrician this morning and Iím taking him in this afternoon. Heís going in for a hearing test and a tympanogram.
The therapist suggests that we buy the game Tribond Jr. She also suggested we quiz him. She said you tell him, I like chocolate. Then ask him, what was the first word I said in that sentence? Then you say another and have them tell you the last word in the sentence. After that, you ask, ďWhat was the first word I said in the other sentence?Ē I think it is all about developing and training their ears to pick up the details. The way she explained to me was that Ry was like a colander. All of the vocabulary, phonics, expressions, site words, numbers and such are being poured in, but only bits and pieces are sticking. Everything else is falling through the holes. We are working towards plugging the holes. We go back to see her on Tuesday.
Iíll try to keep up with you and let you know what she suggests.
My husband isnít too fond of him going, but I want to resolve any issues that would hinder him from receiving all there is to receive. After he found out she was a teacher for many years and received her degree from Texas A&M, he was satisfied. Isnít it funny how that goes?