If your child has difficulties with auditory processing then try some of these tried and tested strategies:
- Keep instructions short and use simple vocabulary.
- Give one task at a time to decrease the processing load.
- Give the child time to answer: they may be unable to give you a response immediately, but it does not mean that they don't know the answer. Some children can take as long as 25 seconds to process an instruction.
- If a child is taking time to answer try and refrain from repeating the instruction using a new sentence structure. The pupil will then stop processing your original instruction, as their brain is telling them that you have asked something different.
- Monitor the rate that you are delivering information: if you speak too quickly, or too slowly it will be harder for the young person to process what you are saying.
- Keep using visual strategies like timetables and task boards.