LinguiSystems home
Differential Processing Training Program Acoustic Tasks
Ages: 6-12   Grades: 1-7

Train the skills needed for basic sound difference awareness: dichotic listening, temporal patterning, and auditory discrimination


  • Improve auditory awareness and attention in the areas of dichotic listening, temporal patterning, and auditory discrimination
Add to Cart

The lessons, individually, and as a group, systematically build auditory awareness and attention, helping to strengthen a child's overall active listening abilities.  A prerecorded audio CD comes with the book and is used for the monaural listening, alternating monaural listening, and dichotic listening tasks.  All of the remaining activities are presented by the therapist in a hierarchy of steady to variable background noise.  Each activity has a goal and a performance grid for easy measurement, identification of error patterns, and documentation of progress.  

The tasks are organized by three skill areas:

Dichotic Listening
Train binaural listening, monaural listening, monaural alternative listening, listening localization, and dichotic listening.  Students improve the ability to listen with each ear separately, both ears together, and finally, both ears in opposition.  Students use simple number repetition to learn the skill, and then expand on the skill using words and/or phrase repetition. 

Temporal Patterning
Train students to differentiate between the sounds of language with activities in pitch variation, loudness variation, duration variation.  Each unit begins with discriminating same or different sound patterns.  Students progress to listening to and demonstrating the pitch, loudness, and duration patterns independently.

Auditory Discrimination
This section focuses on training auditory discrimination skills for speech sounds.  Students discriminate vowel, consonant and compound word contrasts; and develop auditory vigilance. 


You may purchase Acoustic Tasks individually or as part of the Differential Processing Training Program 3-book set.  The 3-book set consists of:

Differential Processing Training Program Acoustic Tasks
Differential Processing Training Program Acoustic-Linguistic Tasks
Differential Processing Training Program Linguistics Tasks


Copyright © 2007

Book Format—155-page book plus an audio CD of listening tasks


CD Format—this format includes a CD with ALL of the book content in printable PDF format (155 printable pages) plus the audio CD of listening tasks
  • The ability to process sounds, to discriminate them accurately, and to interpret them correctly are critical skills for speech and language development (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
  • Intervention for auditory processing disorders using direct skills remediation and auditory training should incorporate a bottom-up (acoustic signal and auditory training) approach (ASHA, 2005; Chermak & Musiek, 2002).
  • Auditory training activities should include acoustically controlled tasks of sound intensity, frequency, and duration discrimination, as well as sound pattern recognition and sound localization (ASHA, 2005; Chermak & Musiek, 2002).
  • Recognition of auditory information in background noise simulates functional listening requirements in the classroom, community, and home environments (ASHA, 2005).

Differential Processing Training Program Acoustic Tasks incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). (2005). (Central) auditory processing disorders [Technical Report]. Retrieved February 10, 2010, from

Chermak, G.D., & Musiek, F.E. (2002). Auditory training: Principles and approaches for remediating and managing auditory processing disorders. Seminars in Hearing, 23, 297-308.

Taylor-Goh, S. (2005). Royal college of speech & language therapists: Clinical guidelines. United Kingdom: Speechmark.


Kerry Winget


Kerry Winget, AuD, CCC-SLP/A, received her graduate training in speech-language pathology and audiology from Western Illinois University and her doctorate in audiology from the University of Florida.  She has provided speech services in a variety of settings, including acute and rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient clinics, and public school systems, as well as audiological services in a private practice office and outpatient hospital clinic.

The Differential Processing Training Program is Kerry's first publication with LinguiSystems.


Speech-language pathologists are seeing more and more students referred for suspected auditory processing difficulties.  Referrals made by the classroom teacher may describe a student with difficulty following verbal instructions and sequential directions, distractibility, inconsistent academic performance, poor spelling and reading skills, and/or poor participation in group work.  These types of behaviors, however, are common across a variety of diagnoses, including auditory processing, attention deficit, and specific language disorders.  Effective screening and evaluation procedures help define the student's location of breakdown in auditory to linguistic processing ability, allowing more productive use of treatment time with focused treatment materials.  Available instruments include Differential Screening Test for Processing (LinguiSystems, Inc.), SCAN-C: Test for Auditory Processing Disorders in Children (Harcourt Assessment, Inc.), and Test of Auditory-Perceptual Skills-Revised [TAPS-R] (Psychological and Educational Publications, Inc.).

There are three books in the Differential Processing Training Program:

  • Differential Processing Training Program Acoustic Tasks
  • Differential Processing Training Program Acoustic-Linguistic Tasks
  • Differential Processing Training Program Linguistic Tasks

These books contain sets of tasks developed to provide hierarchical practice across the continuum of auditory and linguistic processing.  Used together, they provide material to strengthen the auditory foundations of basic sound difference awareness, manipulating those skills in sound and letter use, and finally mastering those skills in prosodic features and language efficiency.  Each book may be used in isolation or in the continuum of related skills at that processing level.

Differential Processing Training Program Acoustic Tasks is divided into three sections: Dichotic Listening, Temporal Patterning, and Auditory Discrimination.  Each section provides tasks arranged in a hierarchy for effective auditory processing practice.  Each task uses increasing auditory awareness and attention, helping to strengthen the child's overall active listening abilities.

There are a variety of treatment materials currently available that address various parts of the central auditory processing skills spectrum.  The goal of the three books in the Differential Processing Training Program is to give the speech-language pathologist a range of related materials to use with all children with language processing difficulties, regardless of whether those difficulties begin with non-linguistic or linguistic language performance.

The Differential Processing Training Program was designed to help expand therapy resources for processing, from both the auditory and linguistic perspectives.  I hope you find these exercises as exciting and effective as my clients have.