Some people have said that learning to read is kind of like rocket science. Others state that learning to read isn’t rocket science. One thing we know for sure is that learning to read encompasses both the visual system and the auditory system and even integrating them together. That is what we do with the sound/symbol relationship. That is what we do when we sound out words. So, when you need learning reading help you want to be sure you are considering all of the areas that may be problematic to learning reading. Whether you have dyslexia, an identified learning disability, ADHD, are falling through the cracks, or are gifted, there are areas of vision, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic perception that impact reading. When one or more areas aren’t working as well as they should be, you may need reading help.
Remember, there are 9 areas of auditory processing, 9 areas of visual processing, and 9 areas of tactile/kinesthetic processing that affect learning. When you have a difficulty in any of those areas learning reading can become difficult.
Reading and Auditory Processing
Of the nine areas of auditory processing, auditory memory is one of the most critical. If you can’t remember the sounds of the letters you will have trouble with learning reading. However, there is more to auditory memory than just straight recall of sounds. There are 8 other areas that are also impacting your success in reading and learning.
Auditory Memory and Reading
I have worked with students that could restate whatever I said such as a list of words…blue, purple, red. But they were not able to use that information, process it, and then give me an answer. I have worked with other students that could remember songs but had great difficulty remembering their spelling words. And spelling is part of learning reading skills. There really is a difference between sheer regurgitation of auditory information and the utilization of the material you hear.
Watch the video Learning Reading Help to find out more.
For auditory activities…check out our Awaken the Scholar Within Spelling and Phonics Program and our Awaken the Scholar Within VAK (Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic) Therapy Program.
Bonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET, Board Certified Educational Therapist #10167, is considered one of the top experts in the country in helping teachers and parents identify their students’ learning disabilities/learning difficulties.
She’s been an educator, learning disability specialist, and educational therapist since 1973. Ms. Terry gives teachers and parents the ability to give their child a 2 – 4 year advantage in just 20 minutes a day. She’s a contributing author to education journals. She’s a popular national and international speaker. Her website is at BonnieTerryLearning.com