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Just for Kids Interactive Auditory Processing Pictures
Ages: 5-10   Grades: K-5

Students improve their auditory skills as they listen for clues and follow directions by drawing on large-size, illustrated cards with dry-erase markers.


  • Attend to and remember information presented orally
  • Follow multistep directions
  • Improve visualization, sequencing, logical thinking, and problem-solving skills
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Use an interactive approach to build auditory processing skills.  Students draw in response to your directions on 50 full-color, dry-erase pictures.  When the lesson is finished, simply wipe off the card. 

There are three types of listening activities for each card: 

  • Exclusionary Listening—Listen to a short story and four clues to narrow down which item is being described.
  • Listening for Directions—Follow concept-based directions.  Each card and set of directions targets one concept.  The concepts pertain to attributes, spatial, temporal, quantitative, negation, and directions.
  • Listening for Clues—Listen to clues in short stories to locate an item. 

In addition to listening skills, the cards can be used to develop attention and memory, receptive/expressive language, logical thinking, problem-solving, and vocabulary skills.

Select the lessons and corresponding pictures based on these categories:

  • Attributes
    Teach colors; shapes; and the concepts of large/small, thick/thin, same/different, medium-sized, horizontal, and more
  • Spatial Concepts
    Includes on/off, top/bottom, inside/outside, next to, left/right, in a row, and more
  • Temporal Concepts
    Target days of the week, months, first, last, today/tomorrow/yesterday, and more
  • Quantitative Concepts
    These lessons include numbers, half/whole, every, few, except, part of, and more
  • Negation
    Teach students to understand "no" and "not."
  • Directions
    Teach the concepts of "other" and "skip."

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25 8½" x 11" double-sided, full-color, coated picture cards; 56-page manual with stimulus items; 4 dry erase markers (black, green, red, blue); CD-ROM includes pictures in color and black and white and tracking chart; vinyl folder

Warning: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts, not for children under 3 yrs.

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Position Statement on Central Auditory Processing Disorders (, 2005), the Clinical Guidelines of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (, 2005), and No Child Left Behind mandates (, the following therapy principles are supported:

  • Treatment and management of auditory processing disorders should incorporate a top-down (cognitive and language strategies) approach.
  • Teaching young students skills for attention, comprehension, expression, interaction, and play facilitates balanced development of communication as well as school, social, and emotional development.
  • Early childhood is a critical time for children to develop language and cognitive skills necessary for reading, including oral language (expressive and receptive language).
  • Students should understand specific grammar structures before they are asked to use them in speech.

Just for Kids Interactive Auditory Processing Pictures incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.


MaryAnn Mokhemar


Mary Ann Mokhemar, M.S., CCC-SLP, earned master's degrees in both speech pathology and audiology from the University of Michigan in 1973.  Later, she received an Ed.S. from the University of Georgia with a major emphasis in speech pathology and reading disability.  Mary Ann's intense interest in central auditory processing issues began over 15 years ago and continues today.  She has provided remediation services in public and private schools, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers.  She has also supervised student clinicians at a university clinic.  Currently, she is working in a public school setting in Duluth, GA.  In her spare time, Mary Ann enjoys walking, cooking, and reading.

Just for Kids Interactive Auditory Processing Pictures is Mary Ann's second publication with LinguiSystems.  She is also the author of The Central Auditory Processing Kit.


Just for Kids Interactive Auditory Processing Pictures offers you a break from black-and-white worksheets.  Fifty (25 double-sided) big, colorful pictures are the starting point for a new way to work on auditory processing/listening skills.  Your students will use dry-erase markers to circle, color, underline, write, and draw as they listen for clues and follow directions.

There are three types of listening activities for each card:

  • Exclusionary Listening
    Students listen to a short story and four clues to narrow down which item is being described.  As you give clues, have students put small dots or Xs by the items they are excluding.
  • Listening for Directions
    Students follow five different directions based on a targeted concept (e.g., large/small, before).  To help students who may be struggling with multi-step and/or more complex directions, present the directions in smaller segments to allow for additional processing time.  The cards are arranged in a hierarchy of easier to more difficult concepts.
    • Cards 1–16: Attributes 
    • Cards 17–29: Spatial Concepts
    • Cards 30–36: Temporal Concepts
    • Cards 37–46: Quantitative Concepts
    • Cards 47 and 48: Negation
    • Cards 49 and 50: Directions
  • Listening for Clues
    Students listen to clues in short stories to locate an item.  After reading the passage and asking the question, allow time for students to respond before giving the final direction.  To help students who may be struggling, present the clues in small segments to allow for increased processing time.  Encourage students to use the strategy of visualization as they work their way through the information.  Before beginning the activities on a card such as Sea Animals, Bugs, or Fruits, review/identify the items on the card so students are familiar with the vocabulary.  You can work on one type of listening (e.g., exclusionary) at a time, or you can complete all of the activities on a card.  The listening activities can be practiced repeatedly with the dry-erase markers.

When you have finished one card, simply wipe it off and go on to the next one.  Feel free to add your own creativity by providing new directions for your students to listen to and follow.  For variety, you may want to give students additional dry-erase markers of different colors.

I hope you enjoy the ideas and activities in this product and I hope your students have fun as they practice their listening skills.

Mary Ann