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Is every child with CAPD also on the Autism Spectrum?

posted Feb 17, 2017, 7:15 AM by LD Teacher   [ updated Feb 17, 2017, 7:22 AM ]
A mom posted on Facebook: "I'm in the beginning stages of our journey for our 7 year old being newly diagnosed with Central Auditory Processing Deficit. My question is that I've been reading multiple sources that say APD (Auditory Processing Deficit) is inherently found in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Does this mean that she could be or is on the spectrum? Can CAPD exist without the other?"

Judi replies: "There is no "box" in which students with CAPD can be placed. SOME students with autism spectrum have profound to mild issues with auditory processing, expressive and receptive language. Some kids with CAPD may have some level of autistic spectrum characteristics. Each can exist without the other. Typically, neuro-cognitive diagnoses are not seen without other neurologically based issues. That is NOT saying, however, that your child is on the spectrum. You'd need to observe her and compare her behaviors, weaknesses, strengths and compare with one of the many online websites that give definitive information about spectrum disorders. Choose a national organization to get the best info. If you find you've checked a significant number of symptoms for her, then it's a good idea to follow up with a formal diagnostic evaluation.