The 6 Best Ways to Help a Child With Auditory Directions

Auditory processing problems are on the rise!  And one thing that goes hand and hand with this frustrating condition is the child’s inability to understand oral directions or commands.

Can you imagine trying to understand how to do long division if you only hear parts of the words spoken as someone explains the steps to you?  Or how about if you could only focus on the computer whirring in the background or your neighbor’s pencil scraping across the page and can’t focus on the instructions. I could go on, as there are so many things that can go wrong when a child, especially one with learning issues, struggles to process auditory information.

Instead of throwing up your hands and giving in, I’ve collected the six best ways to help your child with auditory processing issues while giving oral commands.

  1. Make sure your child is facing you when giving directions or instructions and not looking out at the distance or at a computer screen or television.

  2. Only give one direction or step at a time. Multi-step directions are difficult for the child with auditory processing issues, so wait until the first step or direction is completed before going on to the second or third.

  3. Get the child’s body involved. For instance, have your child jump up and down or clap with you while you give the instructions. If memorization is the goal, have your child do jumping jacks or hopping on one foot while memorizing multiplication facts.

  4. Have your child repeat the directions back to you in his/her own words.

  5. Use as many visual cues as possible. Make cards with pictures on them or have your child draw his/her own pictures. Use whatever is meaningful for your child.

  6. And finally, although this one seems so easy, be sure to turn off music, television, video games, or any other distracting background noises to create an optimal learning environment.

There are so many things you can do to help a child with auditory processing problems. Sadly, auditory processing issues affect a child’s innate ability to communicate with others, which leads to temper tantrums and frustration. It doesn’t have to be this way!

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