Many parents feel their children just don’t listen, or are not applying themselves as they should; and this can sometimes lead to serious learning problems later in life if these little ones do in fact suffer with an auditory perception weakness that goes undiagnosed.
Auditory perception is basically the way in which the brain organizes and distinguishes different sounds, as opposed to the actual art of listening. Parents may tell their kids they need to learn to listen, and there are programmes for that, which may help to pinpoint any issues. There are many different divisions in auditory perception and experts have broken them up as such: auditory closure, auditory figure-ground, and auditory discrimination. Each of these falls under the umbrella of auditory perception. Just when you thought you had a grasp on it, then you have to understand that association, memory and the reception of the sounds sometimes have nothing to do with the sounds they hear, but more the language development of the children.
Auditory discrimination is the ability to distinguish different sounds from one another such as ‘pin-bin.’ Auditory closure, another part of the auditory perception group, is about understanding the missing sounds that make up whole words.
You may not be sure that you child suffers with an auditory perception weakness, but there are ways to find this out. If you find you may have a reason to be concerned then try to determine if your child struggles with:
A Few Questions
- Does your child often misinterpret what you say?
- Do you have to repeat your question several times, even though your child can hear you perfectly?
- Can your little one clearly understand the lyrics of song?
- Does your child have trouble understanding you when there is a lot of background noise?
These are just a few questions and if you feel they are applicable to your little one, then perhaps it is time to speak to the experts. Perhaps your child’s perception is just fine and little one just has selective hearing. There’s no treatment for selective hearing, but there is for children and adults who suffer with an auditory perception disorder.
Doctors may suggest a round of speech and language evaluations to determine if your child has a auditory perception disorder. Children suffering with this should be encouraged and they must not feel like they are being spoken down to. Auditory perception can effectively be dealt with through the right channels.
Vida Denning is a freelance writer who has a son with an auditory perception challenge. He goes to classes to learn to listen, but also attends phonics and language classes for a better understanding of what he is hearing.