Auditory processing & reading comprehension difficulties

Auditory processing & reading problems.

 - Reading comprehension requires sound decoding skills.
 - Auditory processing difficulties undermine decoding.

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Reading & Auditory Processing Difficulties

The Importance of Phonological Awareness

Auditory processing disorder is often connected to weak language skills, but it also undermines phonological awareness, a critical reading skill. This is sometimes called phonological processing disorder.

Reading Requires Phonological Awareness

Auditory processing difficulty

Phonological awareness, the ability to hear the individual sounds (phonemes) in words, is required to recognize or isolate the individual sounds in a word, recognize similarities between words (as in rhyming words) and to identify the number of sounds in a word.
Definition and description of phonological awareness

Many struggling readers have phonological processing disorder. Hearing distinct phonemes (so that they can be recognized as text on a page), particularly blends such as |sp|, requires processing of up to 40 sounds a second. This is far more demanding than the processing required for spoken language, where words are heard as whole sounds.

Phonological processing for reading requires these specific skills:

  • Auditory discrimination: the ability to recognize differences in phonemes (sounds). This includes identifying words and sounds that are similar and those which are different.

  • Auditory memory: the ability to store and recall information which was given verbally. An individual with difficulties in this area may not be able to follow instructions given verbally or may have trouble recalling information from a story read aloud.

  • Auditory sequencing: the ability to remember or reconstruct the order of items in a list or the order of sounds in a word or syllable. One example is saying or writing "ephelant" for "elephant."

  • Auditory blending: the process of putting together phonemes to form words. For example, the individual phonemes "c", "a", and "t" are blended to form the word "cat".

Phonological processing disorder impacts reading

Auditory processing related reading & comprehension difficulties are deep seated issues that cannot be corrected by word lists and other conventional methods. Learn more about the signs of auditory processing disorder symptoms here.

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For Children With Auditory Processing Difficulties

Reading comprehension is a challenge for most children with auditory processing disorder. Even though most of these students master decoding by 4th or 5th grade, their phonological processing deficits lead to an inefficient reading style that requires too much concentration, undermining reading comprehension.

Our Fast ForWord reading program treats auditory processing and then methodically builds reading fluency and comprehension, step by step.
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