November 13th, 2012 | Posted in Listening Skills

In a post on the Center for Hearing and Communication blog, I wrote about how difficult listening is for everyone. It’s easy to become frustrated with a son, daughter, student, or client who often isn’t listening. But I think when you consider the points in that post, it’s much easier to strengthen your compassion, patience, and understanding for children who struggle with auditory processing challenges or APD.

children listening to an educator at the MoMA

Little listeners: CHC kids listening to a special talk at the MoMA in NYC

Hearing is easy, but listening is hard: because it requires attention and an entirely different process in the brain. My post was inspired by a recent New York Times piece, The Science and Art of Listening that explains just why it can be difficult to to listen.

The process of listening is quite complex and actually very intriguing. There’s a reason why, in a noisy environment like a baseball game, you won’t notice every single voice that’s cheering. But if one of those voices hollers your name, your brain might snap to attention.

I hope both the above posts give you a stronger understanding of the very different human acts of hearing and listening. I find these new perspectives so useful in helping children with listening issues.

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