The inability to differentiate sounds, or phonological awareness, is the root of the dyslexic’s struggle to use the sound-symbol system (phonics) in reading and spelling. Difficulty with rhyming words is a common indicator. While some students simply lack phonological and phonemic awareness, others have an auditory processing disorder that affects more than dealing with the sound of language and phonics. Treatment for auditory processing disorder is not easy.
An auditory processing disorder is not the same as a hearing problem. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association states, “Auditory processing disorder refers to how the central nervous system uses auditory information.”
Auditory processing disorder has symptoms that overlap many other challenges, and can be properly diagnosed only by an audiologist. In auditory processing disorders, any physical impairment to the auditory “hardware” has been ruled out, but the brain still has trouble processing the “signal.” So while the individual’s actual hearing is just fine, their brain has trouble making sense of the incoming auditory information.
At Wings to Soar Online Academy, we offer the Fast ForWord intensive intervention that can be part of your treatment for auditory processing disorder. We typically recommend this more intensive package for those with auditory processing concerns who are also significantly behind in reading and also have concerns in one or more of the cognitive skills of memory, attention, processing speed, and sequencing.
An audiologist’s diagnosis of central auditory processing disorder (also known as auditory processing disorder or auditory processing deficit) may include impairment in one or more of the following listening tasks:
We’ve provided this set of Phonological and Phonemic Awareness Assessment and Exercises as an informal assessment and a starting point for intervention. If your student has significant difficulty with the exercises after working on them together for a few weeks, you may wish to seek further assessment from an audiologist to rule out auditory processing disorder. You may also want recommendations to begin treatment for auditory processing disorder if the student has other symptoms related to auditory processing disorder beyond sound phonological awareness.
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