ANSWER: Many Children Have Low Auditory Progressing Abilities Which Decreases The Ability To Receive, Comprehend, Store, and Retrieve Information.
Why are so many children struggling with low auditory processing?
Many years ago, when our educational system was developed, we were primarily an auditory society; we ate together as families 2-3 times a day and TALKED. We read as a family in the evenings or listened to radio broadcasts for hours. We developed our auditory processing ability by practicing.
Today, our society is primarily visual with T. V., computers, movies, electronic games, etc. These all consuming visual activities permeate our lives and leave little time for the truly important practice of listening and developing our auditory processing abilities. Even though our society is primarily visual, we are still using the educational delivery system that was developed for a primarily auditory society.
What can be done?
Since the brain is dynamic and ever changing, much can be done to remediate the processing ability of any person, at any age. By providing specific stimulation to the brain to increase ones auditory processing ability, global benefits will result for the child or anyone who applies these activities for a four month period.
You can request a FREE auditory test kit or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org Put “Free Auditory Test Kit” in the subject line. This kit will allow you to test any individual ages four to adult. Also, reading the Auditory Processing Booklet will add to you knowledge and skill. This information will give you a baseline to work from and a better understanding of your child’s struggles or inefficiencies. To increase auditory processing, digit span exercises can be done with a four minute time investment and the reward of increased abilities globally. Instructions for digit spans are also included in the free kit.
In addition to digit spans daily, I encourage you to read to your children at least one hour a day as an additional way of developing processing skills. When they are not listening to you read, they could be listening to books or stories on tape/CD (without the book). This is a great way to add value to the time spent playing with legos, coloring or other fine motor activities. Listening to audio stories and books (not music) increases vocabulary, helps reinforce sentence structure, provides opportunity for narration, models good writing structure in addition to developing auditory sequential processing.
Audio stories are also a wonderful way to productively occupy pre-school children while you are schooling older siblings. You can see amazing results when you get your child up to grade level in his/her auditory processing abilities.