Central Auditory Processing

What it is

An area of student need, involving attentive listening comprehension skills amongst background noise/conversations and/or processing to understand information given orally.

Teaching Strategies

• Use prescribed FM system or Sound field system.
• Develop alternative programming goals to teach the student active listening, comprehensions skills and self-advocacy.
• Use the student’s name or a visual signal to prompt listening attention before speaking.
• Use a visual signal for class to stop and listen, before giving instructions.
• Use questioning to check for student’s understanding.


• Minimize background noise. A good strategy is to place tennis balls on chair legs.
• Have students wait to be acknowledged before allowing them to contribute to classroom discussions.
• Provide physical break/change of activities after periods of concentration on oral information.
• Use a visual schedule.
• Post written copies of information that is provided orally (eg, a class calendar).
• Use preferential seating, so that the student is at the front of the class and/or close to the speaker.


• Provide extra time.
• Provide a quiet environment.
• Ensure understanding of test instructions.
• Provide written copies of assignment instructions and rubrics.