As children grow up they learn through listening, in fact much of a child’s vocabulary develops from communicating and listening to their parents or other special adults in their lives. Listening skills are an important part of literacy.
So I’ve put together three simple and quick tips that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine to help your child improve their listening skills.
- Eliminate Distractions
Children find it much harder to focus than adults. When surrounded by background noise that is competing for their attention, it’s much harder for a child to focus on what you’re saying. So before you begin talking, turn the TV and radio off or find a quiet corner where you can talk. Doing these small things can make a huge difference.
- Use your child’s name
Before you begin talking to your child or giving them instructions, use their name. There’s no point talking to a child before you’ve gained their attention. E.g. “Billy…(wait for response/eye contact)…it’s time to sit up for lunch”.
- Give your child time to respond
Children need extra time to process language. So give them the opportunity to formulate a response to your comment, question or instruction. It may seem like a very drawn out process but stick with it and you might be surprised at the results.
Before you talk create a listening friendly environment. Ensure you’re not trying to compete with background noise such as the TV or radio. Get your child’s attention by saying their name and give them the chance to formulate a response.
What techniques have you tried to get your child to listen?
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