Auditory Figure – Ground Discrimination
Difficulty picking out necessary and relevant sounds from extraneous background noises.
|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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