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Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) and Siblings
Q: I have two sons, ages 8 and 2. My oldest son has CAPD and has been in special education classes since first grade. He's doing very well in meeting his goals. My question is, will my younger son be more likely to have CAPD? He seems to have the same speech problems his brother had at that age. He's 30 months old and doesn't speak in sentences. He pronounces words wrong like "kiki" for candy and shortens words like Nada for his sister's name Amanda. When will he be old enough to be tested for CAPD?
A: Family history is certainly a major factor to consider when you are doing an assessment for Central Auditory Processing Disorder. The earliest screening tests I know of begin at about age three. I would suggest, however, that you have your two-year-old seen by a speech and language therapist now for a consultation. The earlier you start treatment, the better your chances are for success. Good luck!
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For more than 20 years, Eileen Marzola has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, and with their parents and teachers. She has been a regular education classroom teacher, a consultant teacher/resource teacher, an educational evaluator/diagnostician, and has also taught graduate students at the university level. Marzola is an adjunct assistant professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Hunter College of the City University of New York. She also maintains a private practice in the evaluation and teaching of children with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.