- Auditory Processing: Auditory processing is the brain’s interpretation of the sounds we hear. A difficulty or delay with auditory processing is not an issue with hearing, but with the understanding of what is heard. It’s a complex operation that involves auditory synthesis, auditory closure, auditory sequencing, auditory discrimination, segmenting and auditory memory.
- Auditory Synthesis or Auditory Blending: The ability to pull together individual sounds to form words.
- Auditory Closure: The ability to fill in any missing sounds to decode a word. For example, this may involve understanding what someone with a foreign accent maybe saying when they delete a sound or two in a word.
- Auditory Sequencing: The ability to properly order language sounds in words or sentences. For example, a child may reverse the units of sound so that when they say the word animal it comes out “aminal.”
- Auditory Discrimination: The ability to recognize differences between sounds. For example, some students may struggle hearing the difference between the short “e” and “a” sounds.
- Segmenting: The ability to break a word into individual sounds or phonemes.
- Auditory Memory: The ability to remember what is heard.
- Phonological Processing: The ability
to detect and discriminate a broad awareness of sounds including rhyming words, alliterations, syllables, blending sounds into words, as well as deleting or substituting sounds.
- Phonemes: The tiny units of sound that make up speech – such as the letter sounds.
- Phonemic Awareness: The ability to hear, identify, and manipulate individual sounds – also known as phonemes. This, for example, includes the ability to detect the first sound, middle sound and end sound in a word.
- Phonics: A method of teaching reading by pairing sounds with letters or groups of letters. It is the process of mapping speech into print.
- Receptive Language: The ability to understand the language that we input, including
both words and gestures.
- Use an Orton-Gillingham, phonics based reading program that offers activities that strengthen auditory processing. One of my favorite programs is Nessy Reading and Spelling. There are many programs available, and our friends at the Dyslexia Reading Well offer a great review of the different programs.
- Build core cognitive skills through games and remedial activities. Here is a great bundle of cognitive exercises at Good Sensory Learning.
- Integrate fun activities that help students to practice the needed skills. Check out the Reading Games, following Directions Activities and other fun reading publications at Good Sensory Learning.