Strategies for School & Home

Strategies for Classroom

No two students with CAPD have the exact same deficits. Teachers may need to use a variety of strategies to maximize attention, focus, and understanding of materials and directions. This list of strategies from include:

  • Making eye contact & speaking at student's eye level
  • using a cueing system
  • Giving student more transition time
  • Seat away from distractions (doors, windows, heaters)
  • Provide quiet & isolated areas to complete work
  • Use a daily schedule to keep student organized
  • Allow student to wear earplugs when taking a test/completing an assignment
  • Give direct, age-appropriate instructions
  • Provide examples and leave them on display
  • Give adequate response time
  • Use visual and auditory input to maximize comprehension (Chermak & Musiek, 1992)

Strategies for Home

CAPD also affects children at home. It is important for parents to use strategies to help breakdowns in communication and auditory processing. Parents must be patient with their child. The following list of strategies was developed from

  • Talking to your child face-to-face
  • Have child look you in the eye when giving instructions
  • Make instructions simple and have child repeat them back to you
  • Speak at a slightly slower rate and louder volume
  • When talking in the car, turn off the radio
  • Have child sit in quiet space when doing homework