Sunday, 8 July 2012

What modifications can help CAPD in the classroom?

Last month we looked at the issue of Central Auditory Processing Disorder. The classroom can be an ordeal for a child with CAPD and often for his/her teachers! What techniques can help?
  • Present directions at a slower rate, with more expression in your voice.
  • Use simpler, shorter sentences.
  • Ask the child to repeat the direction over and over in a low voice (or silently) until the task is finished.
  • Have the child visualise the task before doing it.
  • Brainstorm with the child for ideas that will help her remember directions. Some children write notes to themselves, wear clothing items or markers of some kind like stickers on a belt.
  • Present directions in short, concrete segments, with visual cues.
  • Be sure the child is making eye contact when you speak.
  • Have the student seated up in the front of the classroom or very nearest the place of instruction where there is a good view of the chalkboard and other visual means of instruction.
  • Provide “quiet” areas in the classroom where concentration may be easier to maintain.
  • Have the student eliminate excess movement during instruction, chewing gum, talking to a neighbour, etc.
  • When working on projects, allow children to work in small groups as opposed to large ones
  • Earplugs or muffs can be worn during study time.
These are all good practise and will benefit any child who has language difficulties too. 

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