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If you are exploring the option of homeschooling your child with auditory processing, this post will give you a lot of information to help you on your journey. Here are many valuable tips, strategies, resources and curriculum that will help your child while you are homeschooling with auditory processing.  

What are the Symptoms of Auditory Processing in Children?

When your child is listening, but not taking in the information…this might be a red flag for Auditory Processing Disorder. Even though there is nothing wrong with your child’s hearing, they might have trouble processing what you are saying, and remembering what they are hearing.

Auditory Processing can present itself with many different symptoms and behaviors. Often these behaviors resemble those seen with other learning challenges, like language difficulties, attention problems and autism. Most children with auditory processing difficulties show only a few of the following behaviors. No child will show all of them. However, any child who displays several of these symptoms should be carefully evaluated for auditory processing disorder.

  • Delayed speech.
  • Persistent articulation errors.
  • Abnormally soft, loud, flat, formal, or “pedantic” speaking voice.
  • Difficulty conducting casual conversations.
  • Difficulty reading or spelling due to problems discriminating word sounds.
  • Difficulty following oral directions.
  • Asking for repetition a lot.
  • Missing things in conversations.
  • Difficulty organizing behaviors.
  • A tendency to appear quiet, distracted, or off topic during group discussions or to interrupt or blurt out answers.
  • Long delays before responding to questions or instructions.
  • Preferences for nonverbal tasks or a markedly higher performance IQ than verbal IQ.
  • Difficulty taking notes.
  • Worsening performance in higher grades as oral instruction load and receptive language demands increase.
  • Difficulties with inference, abstraction, and figurative language
  • Difficulty hearing in the presence of background noise.
  • Difficulty understanding what’s said.
  • A tendency to ask for restatement or clarification, or repeatedly saying “what?” or “huh?”
  • Marked difficulty understanding speakers with particularly high or low-pitched voices or with prominent accents.


How Do I Help my Child with Auditory Processing During Home Learning?

Probably the greatest challenge your child with APD will face is learning to read and comprehend. Reading requires processing language at a very high level of accuracy. For example, the word CAT has 3 sounds – /c/, /a/, /t/ which when then blended together make the word CAT. If your child cannot hear these 3 individual sounds clearly, he or she will not be able to recognize the word in print form. Imagine the word – BLEND which has 5 sounds – /b/, /l/, /e/, /n/, /d/. Or a word such as STEAK where the ‘ea’ makes just 1 sound (/a/).

Your child with APD will face many challenges in learning reading and comprehension skills, but you can do it.  It is possible. By applying some of these strategies and tips I am sharing with you on this post, you will have a much happier child. So, here is how you will want to get started:

1.  Use Phonological Awareness Activities

Use lots and lots of phonological awareness activities. What does this mean? Phonological awareness involves being able to hear and recognize the different sounds within words.  It is the foundation of reading.  Without this crucial skill, a child cannot learn to read. 

For example the word bag has three sounds – /b/, /a/ and /g/. The word last has four sounds – /l/, /a/, /s/, /t/. Children with auditory processing often drop or add sounds when spelling or reading words so it is really important for your child to isolate each individual sound. Here are some phonological activities you can do with your child while homeschooling with auditory processing:

Identify Rhymes 

“Tell me all of the words you know that rhyme with the word “cot.”

Listening for Sounds

“Close your eyes as I read some words to you. When you hear the “s” sound, raise your hand.” 

Manipulating Sounds in Words by Adding, Deleting, or Substituting

“In the word NEST, change the N to B.” (best)

“Say the word dash. Can you change the /a/ to /i/?” (dish)

Separate Syllables

“How many syllables does the word candy have? Say each syllable.”  (2 can-dy) 

Listening for Beginning, Middle and Ending Sounds

“What sound do you hear at the end of the word sail?” (l)

2.  Teach with Multisensory Instruction

Multisensory means having your child hear it, say it, touch it, and move it during every lesson.

Why is this so effective for your child? Children with auditory processing need to learn in a different way. By using multisensory materials and activities you are giving your child an opportunity for the information you are teaching them to “stick.”

Using all of your child’s senses, engages their entire body along with their brain. This way they make a memory that lasts and stays with them. The more senses you have your child use, the stronger this memory will be.

Here are a few multisensory strategies that you can try out in your homeschool: 

  • Have your child write words with a squeeze-style ketchup bottle, shaving cream, or chocolate pudding (ooh messy fun).
  • Use trays filled with salt or sand and have your child write words or skills in these.
  • Build words with wooden letters, blocks, legos, or puzzle pieces.
  • Have your child write on their palm, use arm tapping, or you can have your child spell words while at the same time doing a jumping jack or bouncing a ball.
  • Take a walk in the neighborhood and read the world. There are letters and signs everywhere.
  • Go to the grocery store and read the entire store.
  • When teaching specific skills, use letter tiles, and flashcards.


3.  Use the Right Curriculum

While there are many really great reading and phonics programs in the homeschool market, most of these are not geared towards children with auditory processing.

The best choice for you when homeschooling with auditory processing is to use an Orton-Gillingham or Structured Literacy program.

Orton-Gillingham is a really structured, step-by-step, repetitive, and multisensory approach. This means that when the children are learning to read, they learn each skill individually. They see it, they hear it and they move with it. They also practice it over and over again until it really “sticks.”  

Orton-Gillingham is proven in research to be the most effective reading program out there for children with auditory processing.

Watch an Orton-Gillingham Lesson in Action HERE!

4.  Use a Lot of Practice and Repetition

This is the best part about homeschooling with auditory processing because your child is going to get to take their time, work through the programs slowly and at their own rate and accomplish what they need.

And…your child is going to need a lot of repetition and practice. I really can’t stress this enough. A child with auditory processing requires overlearning to achieve mastery.

Let’s use an example from the Orton-Gillingham approach. Let’s say that you are teaching the letter combination ea that makes the long a sound like in the word steak: 

  1. Your child will see a  picture of a steak and the child will say “ealong asteak.”
  2. Your child will write the ea in the air 3 times while saying it aloud.
  3. Your child will practice at least 3 phonemic activities with the ea (like the ones I mentioned above).
  4. Your child will arm tap, palm write, write the ea in shaving cream, sand, etc.  
  5. Your child will write 10 words with the ea that you dictate to them (great, break, wear, bear, etc.).
  6. Your child will read a list of words with ea and underline the ea as they read.
  7. Your child will read sentences with the ea.
  8. Your child will read an entire decodable text highlighting the ea.

This could take 3-4 days of you teaching just this one skill!!!

After all this, when your child finally progresses to the next skill in Orton-Gillingham (which is the ar skill), you still continue repeating and reviewing the ea.   

Ok, so does this sound to you like overlearning? Yes, I know that it does, but all I can say is that it works.  

5.  Work on Listening Comprehension Skills

When reading through stories or text, you will want to ask your child a lot of questions like, “What happened first, next, then, last?” Teach your child these transition words in telling a story and writing one too.  

Use graphic organizers. Being able to sequence and also summarize is a big part of building listening comprehension skills.

You can also watch movies together and read books together, and ask your child questions along the way and eventually build it up to telling you an entire summary.

Another great way to help your child strengthen their listening comprehension skills is to listen to Audiobooks. You can download stories and literature on your child’s electronic device and give them a quiet place to sit and focus on the story. Your local library will offer a large assortment of books that you can download for free.

6.  Give your Child Time to Process What you are Saying

Your child will need some time to process what you are saying. Speak slowly and clearly and pause for a moment after you ask a question or make a statement. Wait and let your words sink in a few moments before expecting a response back.

Read and Learn More About Auditory Processing

My favorite websites to visit are:

Auditory Processing Disorder Foundation, Inc., and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

My favorite book to read is, When the Brain Can’t Hear: Unraveling the Mystery of Auditory Processing Disorder by Dr. Teri James Bellis

Also…if you subscribe to my YouTubeChannel, I upload lots of videos and activities that will help you along the way!

In Summary…

Because your child needs to learn a different way and needs much more individualized attention, practice and repetition, homeschooling is really a wonderful option for your child.

You just need to make sure when homeschooling with auditory processing that you teach phonemic awareness, use lots of multisensory materials and multisensory activities in your teaching, use the right curriculum, be patient and take your time, and offer lots of positive encouragement and support.


I Have a Resource for You!!!

Thank you for reading my post today. You might also enjoy reading my previous posts:

Improve Auditory Processing with these Fun Activities

The Reading Curriculum That Can Change Everything For Your Struggling Homeschooler This Year!


Please don’t leave without checking out the PRIDE Reading Program. The PRIDE Reading Program is an Orton-Gillingham curriculum that is used by teachers, tutors, and homeschooling parents worldwide with great success.

The PRIDE Reading Program

Karina Richland, M.A., is the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers and homeschoolers of struggling readers. Karina has an extensive background in working with students of all ages and various learning modalities. She has spent many years researching learning differences and differentiated teaching practices. You can reach her by email at info@pridereadingprogram.com or visit the website at www.pridereadingprogram.com
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