Improve Listening Skills

Some children only listen to what they want and like and tune out what they don’t. But selective listening would create a problem in future towards proper development. There are different types of listening skills in children and there are different type of learners:

Types of learners

Auditory-learners – learn by listening
Physical-learners learn by observing motions of limbs and facial expression.
Visual-learners – learn by seeing

The following games and activities can improve your child’s listening

Auditory learners

 

Talk

  • Talk to your baby as much you can. Encourage your baby to talk by teaching him to call birds, animals and other kids.
  • Narrate events and laugh with the child. Teach baby to clap. Talk to the baby in rhymes. Teach the baby to shoo away the dogs or call the dog or bird.
  • Children learn through repeating all that they hear so be careful with the words you use.

Read

  • Read books with your children and stop to see what their reaction is. If your baby was listening to you s/he will ask you to continue.
  • Ask your baby questions while you turn the page.
  • Baby may be multi-tasking while you read that is he may play with some other toys while you are reading to him or her.
  • If your baby is unable to answer questions repeat to see if he is able to understand what you have read.
  • Ask him/ her to end the story. This will enable baby to imagine things and thereby improve his analytical skills.

These children usually learn faster than the others when the medium of instruction is sound or related to hearing.

Repeat

Repeat old stories, old poems etc. and change words or names here and there and if your baby is able to find errors you know that s/he was attentive and has a good memory. Talk in rhymes as this helps children to learn better.

 

Physical learners 

  • Some children learn through body movements and facial expressions. So children should also be made to move their limbs in tune with a song or story.
  • Physical actions help them remember what went in the story and also help them in communication.
  • So when you cook or go shopping take the child along with you. These children learn though actions and they observe actions to act in their own manner.
    They also play cooking and doing household chores in imitation of their parents.
  • Puppet shows help these children learn more as they can relate to puppets. They repeat and interact with the puppet’s actions.

Visual Learners

  • Videos and films make a lasting impression in children who are visual learners and visual medium is their chief source of learning. They learn by seeing more than listening.
  • These children observe a lot so you need to see that these children listen and engage in dialogues also. These children may learn to speak later than normal because they are caught in the comprehension of seeing alone and thereby would not use much of their hearing faculty because their comprehension remain within the periphery of passive seer.
  • So be careful with these children. Do not leave them with blaring music etc. Make them talk all that they see and all that you show.