Auditory Discrimination

Pupils with difficulties in this area may have:

+ Problems identifying speech sounds
+ Poor listening skills, especially with background noise
+ Difficulty discriminating between similar words
+ Difficulty with rhyming activities
+ Poor articulation of sounds and words
+ Kinaesthetic strengths (learn better through concrete and practical experiences)
+ Visual strengths (enjoy learning by using visual materials - charts, maps etc.)
+ Good motor skills with some strengths in art, design, drama etc.

Activities to develop auditory discrimination skills

Listen and Look - listen to recorded sounds and identify them orally, match sounds to pictures or draw them and group them.

Sound Walk - identify sounds heard on a walk or on an audio-recorded journey, then draw or write down names (subsequently categorise)

Same/Different - listen to pairs of everyday sounds; identify those that are the same and those that are different. Aternatively, use words changing vowel or consonant (bat/bet, bat/bad) or rhyme (wing/sing, sang/sing).

Musical Discrimination - Discriminate between musical sounds (loud/quiet, high/low, fast/slow).

Hands Up - put up hands when (or every time) a specific sound is heard or when a specific sound is heard against a background of other sounds.

Clapping/tapping Rhythms - take turns to clap or tap syllables in polysyllabic words (such as pupils' names, subject-specific words, nouns, verbs).

Rhyme Time - Ask pupils to listen to a word; if it rhymes with the word they each have in their hand (different words each time) they can keep it. The winner is the first person to collect five rhyming words.

Who is it? - Blindfold a pupil and ask her to identify another by name after listening to his voice saying a given phrase or sentence.

Odd One Out - Identify the sound that is not part of a group of sounds (such as a dog barking, cow mooing, pig grunting, car hooting).

Visualisation - Listen to sounds (e.g. environmental, musical, subject/ topic based), then draw a picture related to those sounds. Share ideas with others.

Sound Effects - Use a variety of materials to create suitable sound effects for puppet shows, role-play etc. Older pupils could present to younger children.