Q:

My daughter, a 10th-grader, is on medication for attention-deficit disorder, which helps her concentration. Last year, she was in a class for kids who have comprehension and reading difficulties. She reads, but her comprehension is not up to grade level. Her teacher says she has auditory-processing problems.

What is the best way to improve her auditory processing? I was thinking about putting her in a learning center this summer. I want her to be able to attend college and succeed, but I get frustrated with her teachers, who are pointing her toward a community college. How can I help her be successful? -- Ambitious Mom

A:

Having an auditory-processing problem makes it difficult for your daughter to identify what is important when she hears a great deal of information at one time. For this reason, a community college might be a better place for her to get the basics. The classes are likely to be smaller, helping her attention problems.

A learning center may or may not improve your child's auditory-processing problems. It all depends on whether the correct strategies are used. Try the center, and if you don't see some improvement soon, you can quit.

There are some things that you can do this summer to improve your daughter's auditory-processing skills. Get some books on tape. Be sure they are on a topic that really interests your daughter. It will be less strain for her to listen to simple materials that she knows something about. Before and after she listens to the books, ask her casual questions about what she is reading. This will help her think about what she is hearing on the tapes. As she becomes more accustomed to identifying what is important, you might get her some textbooks on tape from the school.