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Children should become skilled over their early years in using their cognitive auditory pathways.
There are two parts to auditory processing:
b. Processing the sounds and making sense of them
Ear infections and noisy environments can impair both parts of this process. Early auditory problems can trigger delays in other areas of cognitive sensory development. For example, sounds attract a child’s attention and stimulate the use of its visual system.
Most children are predominantly auditory learners until at least 9 years old. In those early years, children need opportunities to repeatedly hear many and varied sounds in order to develop and fine tune their listening skills.
Problems with auditory skills can be identified through listening to the quality of a child’s speech.
Physical problems with ear functions need to be sorted out by a specialist doctor. If there are no physical problems with a child’s hearing, then they may need to learn to process sounds more effectively.
The leaders in this field are Tomatis Therapy
Games to encourage language and auditory skills development.
- Nursery rhymes and early years songs
- Choral Speaking
- Music and movement
- Chinese Whispers
- Books and reading out loud
- Listing games
- Playground rhymes
- I spy