Monday, January 17, 2005

Seeing Helps You Hear - Implications for Auditory Processing and Visual Disorders

When we see someone talking, our brain anticipates what's being said, so our auditory / listening pathways don't have to work as hard. This is why children with auditory processing disorders need to be seated close to the teacher, and why they sometimes need to told about watching lip movements. This close relationship between seeing and hearing also means that children with visual problems may appear to mishear or have to work very hard to keep up with listening and contributing to classroom discussions.

PhysOrg: Seeing While Hearing Speeds Brain's Processing of Speech

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