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Auditory Skills

Hearing abilities such as auditory discrimination (syllabification, noticing differences in words), auditory figure-ground discrimination (attending to speaker, blocking out background noises/music), auditory memory (recalling information previously presented via audio), and auditory sequencing (understanding and recalling direction sequence, number sequence, etc). attention to a speaker, blocking out background noise,

Reference links

  • Better Together 1
    Author: Tena McNamara, AuD, CCC-A/SLP and Gail Richard, PhD, CCC-SLP - It is more productive to focus on addressing the effects of auditory weaknesses on school and home life than to expend energy debating whether poor performance on auditory skills tests reflects an auditory processing deficit or a language deficit.
  • Understanding Intervention For (C)APD: As Easy As A-B-C 1
    Author: Jeanane M. Ferre - Poor (central) auditory processing may manifest behaviorally in a variety of ways, including deficient academic performance, impaired communication, and altered sense of self. A is for Activities, B is for Barriers, and C is for Collaboration.
  • Treatment of (Central) Auditory Processing Disorder: Bridging the Gap Between the Audiologist and the Speech-Language Pathologist 1
    Author: Velvet Buehler, MA/MS, CCC-A/SLP - There is a history of debate and controversy about the assessment and intervention of children diagnosed with auditory processing disorder (APD). Professionals in communication sciences and disorders view APD from different perspectives. Speech language pathologists (SLPs) tend to view APD from the language and literacy perspective, or a top-down model, whereas audiologists tend to view APD from an auditory perception perspective, or a bottom-up model. Professionals who assess and treat children with APD need to bridge the gap and merge their different perspectives to plan effective interventions for children with APD.
  • Teachers’ Opinions Regarding the Symptoms of Central Auditory Processing Disorder In Children With Reading and Writing Difficulties 1
    Author: Fulya Yalçınkaya, Işık Sibel Küçükünal, A. Dilek Öğretir Özçelik - The study reported on here aimed to investigate whether CAPD symptoms were underlying to reading and writing difficulty. It was detected that children with CAPD symptoms had a significant disadvantage in reading and writing compared to children who did not have these symptoms. Children with CAPD symptoms should be referred for diagnosis if the CAPD indications are identified.
  • Redefining Auditory Processing Disorder 1
    Author: Susan Boswell - Often, treatment for APD and receptive language and comprehension may be the same. Specific remediation doesn’t exist for the perceptual processing skills (such as dichotic listening) that are assessed.
  • Engaging and Fun Speech Activities We Use At Home For Babies, Toddlers and Children 1
    Author: Melissa Hyder - An article reviewing Learning Strategies and play-based activities for parents to use at home with babies, toddlers, and children with hearing loss.

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Related Disorder(s)

  • Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) - Auditory processing disorder (APD) is a hearing problem that affects about 3%–5% of school-aged children. Kids with this condition, also known as central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), can't understand what they hear in the same way other kids do. This is because their ears and brain don't fully coordinate.

Goal Bank

  • Morris will recall short words (approximately 4-6 phonemes in length) verbatim with 80% accuracy across 5 consecutive sessions to demonstrate attention, working memory, and/or auditory awareness skills. 2
  • Lucy will discriminate /w/ from /v/ productions with 90% accuracy across 3 out of 4 treatment sessions. 1
  • Meagan will recall details of a story presented via auditory means with 80% accuracy given minimal cueing across 4 out of 5 sessions. 1


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