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What?s the Difference Between Auditory Processing and Listening Comprehension?, Brooklyn LettersAuditory processing refers to how the human brain recognizes and interprets sound. This includes the ability to:

  • Hear speech and other sounds. A person with an auditory processing disorder is perfectly aware of sounds. But his brain somehow deciphers these sounds abnormally.
  • Distinguish between similar sounds or words. For example, auditory processing helps a person hear the difference betweentime and dime.
  • Separate important sounds from background noise. This is what enables a person in a crowded room to focus on what someone next to him is saying.
  • Recall and comprehend what was heard. This means even a simple instruction such as Put your coat on will be hard to follow if a person misheard it as Put your boat on.

Listening comprehension involves higher-level thinking than auditory processing. Listening comprehension describes a person's ability to understand the meaning of the words he's hearing. It's the term experts use for how our brains make sense of spoken language.

In summary, auditory processing allows a person to decode the sounds of the words. Listening comprehension allows him to understand the meaning of the words.

If you suspect your child is struggling with either of these issues, it's important to have a team of professionals work together to pinpoint the problem. This multidisciplinary team should include a psychologist, a speech-language pathologist and an audiologist.

Your child's doctor can refer you to these kinds of specialists. Or you can request an evaluation to address these issues through your child's school.

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Craig Selinger, CEO of Brooklyn Letters (serving Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut), is a NY State licensed speech-language therapist (pathologist) and learning specialist with over 18 years of experience working professionally with over a thousand families. His expertise includes early childhood speech-language delay, expressive/receptive language disorders, language-based learning issues, e.g. reading, writing, executive functioning, social/pragmatic communication, and speech production (articulation/enunciation) issues. Check out his interviews with top-notch professionals in the field on Spotify.
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Craig Selinger, CEO of Brooklyn Letters (serving Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut), is a NY State licensed speech-language therapist (pathologist) and learning specialist with over 18 years of experience working professionally with over a thousand families. His expertise includes early childhood speech-language delay, expressive/receptive language disorders, language-based learning issues, e.g. reading, writing, executive functioning, social/pragmatic communication, and speech production (articulation/enunciation) issues. Check out his interviews with top-notch professionals in the field on Spotify.
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