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In speech pathology, listening can be referred to as; receptive language. This is how attentive we are to our communicative partner when they speak. Children with receptive language difficulties can sometimes have difficulties with following instructions, remembering information, or paying attention. 

 Sometimes listening can also refer to how well we process sounds in the language. Even if the child can physically hear the sounds of a language, they may not always be able to process what they’re hearing. We call this auditory processing difficulties. Children that have difficulties processing sounds in the language can also have literacy difficulties.

A thorough assessment and action/treatment plan is necessary for issues with listening, often involving a multi-disciplinary team of practitioners working together to support the child.