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Processing Deficit (Auditory) (3B)

An auditory processing deficit is the inability to identify, interpret and attach meaning to sound.
Students with auditory processing deficits interpret and process auditory information inaccurately. While students with auditory processing deficits have adequate hearing, they have difficulty making sense of or remembering auditory information. Students may be able to hear and recognize each individual spoken word but are unable to determine the overall meaning. Auditory processing deficits may lead students to have difficulty remembering information or directions presented orally, identifying the key information needed to include in notes, or synthesizing information presented orally into clear notes.

Formal Diagnostics

  • Wechsler Scales (WISC IV, WAIS IV), Digit Coding Task: Score at or under the 35th percentile rank.
  • Woodcock-Johnson (WJ III COG), Auditory Processing: Score at or under the 35th percentile rank.

Intake Questions

  • Do you often need to ask your instructors to repeat themselves or reword what they say?
  • Do you learn better from reading than from listening to lectures?
  • Do you often forget what has just been said before it can be written down?
  • What accommodations or strategies have been effective in the past?


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