Centre of Excellence for Speech & Language Development

Lunch & Learns


Listening Comprehension: Hearing and Processing Spoken Information


Signs of difficulty with listening comprehension: 
  • Minimal responding, off-topic responding and/or no responding

  • Acting out behaviours/withdrawn behaviours

  • Frequent production of incomplete work or incorrectly-completed work

  • Frequent requests for repetition

  • Frequent complaints of unusual levels of fatigue at the end of the day

  • Student inattention, particularly during listening situations (differentiate listening comprehension from attention-related problems)

  • Student can only listen attentively for short periods of time (due to the effort associated with sustained listening)

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The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in Education 

Historically speaking...The field of speech-language pathology has been in existence for more than 100 years. Early on, practitioners worked primarily on speech difficulties, such as stuttering and lisping. The profession has evolved tremendously since its beginnings and now SLPs are trained to work on a variety of areas relevant to communication.  

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Vocabulary….What’s in a word? 

What is vocabulary?  "The range of words in an individual or group". 
(Online Etymology Dictionary)


Why is it an important consideration for educators?

  • Learning is dependent on vocabulary because learning is a language-based activity.  During the school years, students must understand and produce both the common everyday words used in conversation, and the sophisticated, academic words they come across in their readings and in classroom lectures.

  • The size and depth of a student's vocabulary has a direct impact on reading outcomes and performance in academic tasks.  Vocabulary facilitates comprehension and expression of thought.

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