The Curse of Poor Auditory Processing Skills

If you have a child with poor auditory processing skills, you have your hands full!

These are the kids who are so bright and verbal…so smart…yet they seem to live in a fog. They often retreat into their own private world or seek solace from the noisy world through video games or technology.

They love technology…probably because of the graphics. And it can be quiet.

These kids will seek out quiet places like nobody’s business.

Sadly, these kids will often have huge social issues. These are the kids that will fight with you over homework or just refuse to do it. They will have temper tantrums.

They’re frustrated because they find it difficult to communicate.

Hearing and processing auditory information is important to our basic need to communicate. When we can’t communicate effectively with others, whether peers or professionals, then the world is scary, frustrating, and not a happy place to be.

So, how do you know if your child struggles with auditory processing problems?

For starters, answer the following checklist about your child. If you answered yes to three or more of these questions, your child probably has an auditory processing problem.

Does your child:

· exhibit sensitivity to background noises?

· get frustrated with multi-step directions?

· have trouble following oral directions?

· need to look in your face or in the face of the person being spoken to in order to understand what is being said?

· have a difficult time hearing a “silent” voice when reading?

· become easily distracted?

· have a difficult time with analogies?

· become easily confused?

· have temper problems?

· have a difficult time with mental math?

If you think your child is struggling with auditory processing issues, don’t despair! We help kids overcome auditory processing problems every day.

One thing won’t happen, though.

These problems don’t fix themselves.