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Auditory Processing is what happens when we hear, including how we channel information through our auditory system to locate, distinguish, and understand sounds. This process is essential for developing speaking and comprehension skills, and helps lay the foundation for reading and writing.
Students interpret sounds as meaningful input through the Auditory Processing skills of discrimination, recognition, and comprehension. Students use these skills to distinguish differences between words and similar sounds and to understand language. Auditory Processing is still developing through adolescence and with the increased academic demands at school, remains essential for academic success.
It is important to note that difficulties with Auditory Processing can occur even when there are no Hearing impairments. For example, Auditory Processing challenges can make it hard to store information given verbally. Therefore a student who cannot remember verbal directions might seem to not be paying attention but instead might have Auditory Processing needs.