Five Easy Ways to Help with Auditory Processing Skills

Does your child or student struggle to understand and comprehend auditory information? Do you sometimes think you’re talking to a wall?

Are you met with a blank stare when asking a question or trying to communicate with this child? Does she have temper problems or retreat when things get tough?

When you give your child a simple set of directions, does he forget them or skedaddle away without doing what was told?

Chances are that auditory processing skills are at play, and they are most likely weak. Don’t fret. There’s a lot that can be done to help put these skills back in place.

Don’t give up hope!

Following are five easy ways to help with auditory processing problems.

1. Have your child repeat simple sounds, words, or phrases back to you. Start with one sound, word or phrase and then work up to two and then three or more. If your child makes a mistake, gently correct her.

2. Reciting the ABC’s, doing simple mental math problems, and skip counting are all excellent auditory activities. Once your child is adept at these activities, you can have him say them backwards!

3. When your child or student talks to you, be sure to take a breath and listen. Don’t interrupt or butt in with an obvious answer. Let her reason through the answer on her own.

4. Sometimes these kids get stuck and can’t find words or phrases that make sense to them. If your child or student is talking and stalls out, you can just calmly say, “And then…” This gives him a way to expand on what he already knows.

5. Give quick, easy single-step directions to your child along with a physical activity. You might start with hop on one foot or do five jumping jacks. Once this is mastered, you can add two and then three commands, with or without the physical activity, depending on how well your student is performing.

A child with auditory processing problems struggles to understand verbal information and is at a distinct disadvantage in a lecture format, so giving some extra help with how he processes this information can only help. The best part? It not only helps with academics, but with basic communication skills with peers and adults as well.

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