Auditory processing reaches far beyond the simple ability to hear. It inclues the ability to receive, interpret,discriminate, and process discernible sounds.

Auditory skills include:

  • Attend to auditory stimuli
  • Isolation of sounds
  • Discrimination
  • Reception
  • Sequencing
  • Interpretation
  • Memory
  • Ability to process and respond
  • Perception
  • Ability to fuse sounds receive by both ears
  • Identification of sound into one unified impression
  • Organization

Auditory processing issues often go undetected. Therefore, behaviors and inappropriate responses by children or adults are apt to be misinterpreted as non-compliant, incorrigible or defiant behavior. Signs of auditory processing issues can include:

  • Tuning out
  • Memory struggles
  • Difficulty following oral directions
  • Reading/language
  • Need for repetition of words and phrases
  • Difficulty grasping meaning
  • Weak communication skills
  • Inappropriate responses
  • Limited attention span
  • Need for white noise
  • Comprehension
  • Organization