What is it about?

Reading is simply language that has been written down. Language is built on auditory input. This study looks to see if impairments in listening skills (auditory input) impair children's ability to learn to read. We look at 3 groups of children struggling with learning to read and also have problems listening to sounds. Two of the groups got listening training, and the third group did not. The groups that received listening training progressed in learning to read at almost twice the pace compared to the group that didn't get the listening training.

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Why is it important?

Children struggling with reading should be tested to see if they qualify for listening training. If they qualify but don't get the listening training, they will learn to read at about half the pace compared to those who did get the listening therapy. This fits with our knowledge that Reading is built upon Language, and Language is built upon listening skills.


This is the first paper that uses a double-blind placebo set up to prove, with statistical certainty, that poor listening skills are keeping children from progressing with learning to read at the pace of their peers.

Matthew Dale Barker Barker
Acoustic Pioneer

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This page is a summary of: Treating Deficits in Auditory Processing Abilities, Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, April 2020, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),
DOI: 10.1044/2019_lshss-19-00001.
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