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Auditory Processing Activities for Kids

July 26th, 2016

Are there any activities for kids that improve auditory processing skills? First off, I must say that auditory processing is critical to learning whether it is learning to speak, read, write, follow directions, and math. We know that kids with reading problems usually have weak auditory processing skills. Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate sounds. If a child has problems with auditory processing, it is often because of a weakness in phonemic awareness.

Phonemic awareness is about noticing nuances of sounds. You can improve your ability to hear, identify, and ultimately manipulate sounds with our auditory processing activities for kids.

Auditory Processing Activities for Kids

Nature Activities Improve Auditory Processing

Pick two of these places:

  1. the back yard
  2. a local park
  3. the pool
  4. a state park
  5. the river
  6. the lake
  7. the woods
  8. a campfire

Sit or stand as quietly as possible, close your eyes for a few minutes, and listen to the sounds around you.

Can you hear the wind? The rustling leaves of the tree? Any birds or bugs?

How many different sounds do you hear?

Do you hear people in the distance?

Can you imitate any of the sounds you hear?

Make a list of the sounds you heard for each place.

Take a picture of each place you did the listening at.

And, afterwards, put the pictures together with a quick summary of the sounds you heard using a graphic organizer from Ten Minutes to Better Study Skills. Were the sounds different in each place? What sounds were similar? What sounds were your favorite?

Then 3-hole punch your list with the pictures included and keep it in your family notebook. You’ll start to have a great family memory book as well!

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