Helping children listen
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.