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Receptive Language

This aspect of language processing, sometimes known as the decoding process, enables us to receive, decode and interpret information.  There are two types of receptive language: auditory comprehension/ auditory processing (understanding what we hear), and reading comprehension (understanding what we read.)

Listening and Reading

Individuals with auditory processing problems experience more difficulty with classroom lectures because they cannot slow down the instructor’s speech rate. It is difficult to keep up with the rapid stream of information presented orally without visual aids. Visual aids are helpful with auditory processing, sequencing, and categorizing information, thus committing information to memory in an organized fashion.


Often children with auditory difficulties will have academic difficulties.  Deficits in phonics impact reading rate and spelling ability.  These problems force the child to compensate by decreasing his reading rate and re-reading, taking much longer to complete an assignment.  As a result, the child may not be able to tackle grade level text. This will impact the entire curriculum, but most notably classes that require copious amounts of textbook reading.

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