A friend has just sent me some great advice about encouraging children to listen / helping them develop listening skills so I thought I'd share it. This first post gives some pointers for giving children information / instructions.
- When giving instructions / information use the child's name, check that they have turned and are looking at you and that they have stopped what they are doing before you speak.
- Make sure your language is clear - use short sentences, speak slowly and use simple words.
- List instructions in the order in which it is to be done.
- Don't talk for too long as they may stop paying attention.
- Use visual stimuli (including natural gesture if appropriate) where possible to back up the auditory information.
- Give children instructions immediately before they are to engage in the activity. Don't make them listen to instructions for others.
I've also got a list of activities to help children develop their listening / auditory processing skills which I'll post another day / later!