Help­ing chil­dren lis­ten

The Leader (Nelson) - - UNDER ONE ROOF - CATHER­INE CAMP­BELL Cather­ine Camp­bell is a Speech Lan­guage Ther­a­pist with Nel­son Tas­man Kin­der­garten As­so­ci­a­tion

Fol­low­ing on from last week’s col­umn about the im­por­tance of en­sur­ing your child can hear prop­erly, this week the fo­cus is on the im­por­tance of help­ing your child to lis­ten.

Lis­ten­ing is a skill that needs plenty of prac­tise, es­pe­cially as we live in such a vis­ual world with TV, Tablets and YouTube.

Try tak­ing your child on a ‘‘lis­ten­ing walk’’ around your house or gar­den.

Point out all the things you can hear in your en­vi­ron­ment: the wash­ing ma­chine rum­bling, the clock tick­ing, the he­li­copter out­side in the sky, the leaves in the trees rustling, or, maybe, com­plete si­lence. Then you can start to have fun by say­ing the wrong word on pur­pose to help them tune in to speech and words.

Ex­am­ples in­clude singing a song such as ‘‘Twin­kle twin­kle lit­tle cir­cle’’ or ‘‘Baa Baa white sheep’’ and wait for your child to no­tice.

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