In Ohio and many other states, school starts before Labor Day. So with August finally here, I start to think about school. I even saw my first “back to school” commercial on television, so it’s not too early to look at ways to help young children get ready for school or daycare. Auditory discrimination skills are important in all aspects of life and especially in the classroom. Auditory processing is a fancy phrase that refers to a person’s ability to hear and process spoken words. Being able to correctly process spoken language helps children understand teacher (and parent!) directions as well as accurately interpret verbal interactions with peers. Fortunately, it’s easy to help children hone this critical skill.