Wock (auditory discriminiation)

Subtest Level Recommendations

Wock (auditory discriminiation)

Very low (Accuracy SAS <75)

Check: A low score on Wock could be a temporary or non-temporary hearing problem. Refer for hearing assessment – possible glue ear.

Action: Auditory discrimination training is essential - see page 94 of the CoPS manual for suitable activities and computer software. Other auditory CoPS subtests will be affected – these may need to be re-assessed after treatment. The student is likely to find phonics work difficult (confusions in letter-sound relationships and problems in blending) and may develop an over- reliance on visual strategies in reading – structured phonics work is essential with ample practice (overlearning), using a multisensory approach, building on any visual and kinaesthetic strengths – see page 97 of the CoPS manual for suitable phonics schemes. Learning activities must be differentiated to allow for auditory discrimination problems.

Below average (Accuracy SAS 76-87)

Check: A low score on Wock could be a temporary or non-temporary hearing problem. Refer for hearing assessment – possible glue ear.

Action: Auditory discrimination training is recommended - see page 94 of the CoPS manual for suitable activities and computer software. Other auditory CoPS subtests will be affected – these may need to be re-assessed after treatment. The student is likely to find phonics work difficult (confusions in letter-sound relationships and problems in blending) and may develop an over- reliance on visual strategies in reading – structured phonics work is recommended with ample practice (overlearning), using a multisensory approach, building on any visual and kinaesthetic strengths – see page 97 of the CoPS manual for suitable phonics schemes. Learning activities should be differentiated to allow for auditory discrimination problems.

Slightly below average (Accuracy SAS 88-94)

Check: Retesting on Wock is recommended, prior to any further action. A low score on Wock could be a temporary or non-temporary hearing problem. Refer for hearing assessment – possible glue ear.

Action: It is suggested that auditory discrimination is regularly monitored for this student. Auditory discrimination training may be required - see page 94 of the CoPS manual for suitable activities and computer software. Other auditory CoPS subtests may be affected – these may need to be re- assessed after treatment. The student may find phonics work difficult (confusions in letter-sound relationships and problems in blending) and may develop an over-reliance on visual strategies in reading – structured phonics work may be required, with ample practice (overlearning), using a multisensory approach, building on any visual and kinaesthetic strengths – see page 97 of the CoPS manual for suitable phonics schemes. Learning activities may need to be differentiated to allow for auditory discrimination problems.