Difficulty picking out necessary and relevant sounds from extraneous background noises.

Symptoms Strategies
Student is easily distracted by extraneous noise (outside and inside classroom: hum of fluorescent lighting, etc.).
  • Seat student near area of instruction.
  • Provide the child with quiet space for times when classroom noises are clearly distracting.
  • Earphones might be used during test periods.
  • Use quiet classical or rhythmic music.
Difficulty sustaining attention to the primary auditory stimulus at hand (lecture). May withdraw or act out.
  • Seat student away from potential distractions, such as open windows, blowers, talkative children.
  • Use visual aids to help sustain attention (outlines, tables, graphs).
  • Speak clearly, with clear articulation.
  • Face student.
  • After discussions or lectures, ask questions to check if student has tuned in.
Tunes out, especially in a noisy environment; he/she stops listening altogether as a defense against “auditory overload”.
  • Announce assignments well before the end of class, not shouting at the last minute.
  • Place assignments visually on the board..
  • Use a daily planner for organization of assignments.

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