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Able Kids Foundation specializes in the diagnosis and management of central auditory processing disorder (CAPD). The Foundation has evaluated over 3,000 individuals from all 50 states and 30 countries around the world. We serve children, adolescents, and adults.

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Characteristics of CAPD

Commonly reported traits that may indicate the presence of CAPD include sensitivity to sounds (loud and soft), being easily distracted by noise, mishearing, having difficulty following auditory directions, feeling exhausted or emotionally sensitive at the end of the day, and/or experiencing anxiety. Controlling conversations, talking loudly, and/or making noises (excessive talking, humming, etc.) are also frequently reported.

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Impacts of CAPD

CAPD can impact academic and work performance, participation in extracurricular activities, self-esteem, relationships, overall well-being, and quality of life. It may also influence how individuals feel in noisy environments. Expectations for a person with CAPD can be unfair, even unrealistic if proper support is not implemented. Individuals with CAPD have also been observed to have difficulty performing to their full potential and can be seen as underachievers.

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Client Testimonial

My son received his ear filter and it has been nothing short of life changing. For years, he has suffered in silence although he knew something was wrong. Receiving the proper APD diagnosis alone was a huge relief and incredibly validating for him. Then to receive the ear filter a couple of weeks later and have it make such a huge difference in school, in the cafeteria, on the bus, and in regular family activities, like eating in a loud restaurant, is nothing short of miraculous. Thank you, Dr. Locke and the Able Kids Foundation. The Able Kids Foundation has transformed his life and for that, we are eternally grateful.

- Parent from Colorado

Able Kids Foundation is dedicated to service, committed to integrity, and inspired by excellence.

Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, Able Kids Foundation is dedicated to serving the central auditory processing community through education and evidence-based solutions.

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Central auditory processing disorder often coexists with other diagnoses.

CAPD can coexist with giftedness as well as other conditions such as ADD/ADHD, anxiety disorder, autism, dyslexia, sensory processing difficulties, speech and language delays, traumatic brain injuries, and/or visual processing challenges. Whether CAPD exists as a comorbidity or an isolated condition, CAPD should be identified and properly managed.

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