Does your child appear to have trouble hearing you although you know his hearing is okay?
Does he seem to become hyperactive or excessively clingy in noisy environments?
Does it seem hard for him to respond to his name being called until you physically stop him and have him look at you?
Does he cover his ears or have an excessively negative reaction to a sudden loud noise?
Your child could have poor auditory processing skills.
What is auditory processing?
Auditory processing is a function of the ear that helps us to:
Indicators of poor auditory processing can include:
The following environments may prove problematic for a child with auditory processing problems:
If your child has poor auditory processing skills, it can negatively impact on:
What should you do if your child has these issues?
What can be done to help children who struggle with auditory processing problems?
o Touch the child firmly and in a way they can predict in order to get their
attention before giving verbal instructions/information.
o Reinforce the instructions/information with visuals or written instructions so the
child does not have to rely on their auditory ability as much
o Remove as many auditory background noises/distractions as possible when the
child is expected to sit, listen, learn, read or write. Turn off the television or radio;
have siblings engaging in quiet play elsewhere or allow the affected child to have
a quiet, private place in which to work.
Therapeutic Listening is an auditory therapy that may help to improve your child’s auditory processing skills. Find out more supporting your child’s auditory processing with Therapeutic Listening in the downloadable fact sheet below or contact Kids First on (02) 9938 5419 to make an appointment to discuss your child’s needs with one of our Occupational Therapists.
Paediatric Occupational Therapist
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