Auditory sequencing is what enables us to store the information we receive in a meaningful order.  It is an important skill that allows us to understand the relationship between the past, the present and the future, and to communicate increasingly complex ideas. Auditory Sequencing is a skill that children need to grasp the concept of cause and effect. Understanding the relationship between what your child sees and why it happened is vital to their growing ability to empathize with the emotions on display around them.

Suppose your child sees a young girl crying on the playground.  They may wonder, “Why is she so sad?”  “That little girl is crying because she fell off a swing and hurt her knee,” you explain.  This simple sequence of cause and effect opens a window that allows your child to compare their emotions with another child’s display of feeling. In order to make sense of this information and connect with what they see, your child must be able to differentiate between the stages of what happened.

  • First – she fell off the swing
  • Next – she hurt her knee
  • Last – she started to cry

Children with an APD often have difficulty making those distinctions and evaluating the information they hear well enough to recalling it in sequence.  This is why they may have trouble accurately reciting the alphabet, the days of the week, or the months in a year.books

You can build your child’s auditory sequential memory by asking them to recall the sounds, words, sentences and events that take place in the following books.  Remember to focus on the major events in the story, rather than every detail:

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