Sound differentiation – what is it?

Sound differentiation – what is it?


In our reading stories there are many sounds that sound similar and appear very often.

The focus is therefore on sound differentiation.

We would like to draw attention to something that affects many children today and perhaps help recognize it at an early stage.

As your child grows, there will always be one thing or another that you notice. There are things that are obvious and some that remain in the background, but are still there.

The auditory perception deficiency.

You're probably asking yourself, what is that?

An auditory perception deficiency means that your child, despite having organically healthy hearing, processes certain acoustic signals (tones, speech) poorly.

A distinction is made between:

The differentiation (is it called “yours” or is it called “mine”…),

the localization of a sound (where does it come from?),

the interpretation (doorbell? telephone?) and

storage (can the child remember several syllables and numbers?).

The effects of an auditory perception deficiency should not be underestimated.

Because the difficulties initially often only manifest themselves in a kind of constant lack of concentration.

Because more energy has to be used to filter out the “important” noises from the “unimportant” ones. Therefore, these children tire more quickly and appear inattentive.

They are easily distracted and have little stamina. Those who are disruptive because they have to constantly ask questions are sensitive to noise.

Tasks are often forgotten and retelling smaller daily experiences and stories is difficult. Similar-sounding consonants cannot be properly distinguished...

Moods and changes in tone cannot be perceived.

As a result, problems with spelling and mental arithmetic can arise later in school.

Teachers' instructions are often misunderstood because it is not possible to filter them out of the background noise as acoustically important information.

In addition to the following practical tips and the therapists to be consulted depending on the severity of the auditory perception deficiency, we would like to support you as parents in supporting your child with our special stories.

You are welcome to share your experiences with us.

Good luck and enjoy active reading!


Jacobs Children's Book team

(Source: Study from 2010, School Psychological Service, Canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland, advice and diagnostics)