April 26th, 2012 | Posted in Listening Skills, Speech and Language Development
Auditory memory is the ability we need to retain and recall information that we hear through listening.  There are many books that can help your child develop this skill.  Here are suggestions for strengthening auditory memory using The Gingerbread Man by Catherine McCafferty (McGraw-Hill). Begin by reading the book for pleasure without asking any questions.  Take the time to look at the book’s colorful pictures with your child as you focus on the story. The second time you read the book, mention something like this: ... ...Read more

April 5th, 2012 | Posted in Listening Skills
If your child will just not sit for a book, storytelling can be a magical alternative.  This is a completely auditory activity that will help your child build strong listening skills.  There are no rules to follow and you can make up stories anywhere.  They can be shared in the car, at the dinner table, in a doctor’s office, at the beach, or in a park. Try to stretch your imagination and make believe you are in the midst of a grand adventure with your... ...Read more

February 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Listening Skills, Speech and Language Development
Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein
Last week I was preparing a lesson for my “Sounds Fun” group. The group consists of 5 kindergarten students with identified listening challenges. Rhyming is one of our goals. So I pulled out the book Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein. Such a great book and old enough that the children in the group had never heard it before. They loved the book and especially the rhymes: a rat in the hat, glue on his shoe, a rose on his nose, and combed his... ...Read more

January 11th, 2012 | Posted in Listening Skills, Speech and Language Development
When parents are concerned about their child’s listening-learning-language development they often contact me to evaluate their child or to schedule a consultation. When asked, ”What are you observing that concerns you about you child?” most often they will respond ,”she has difficulty following directions”. What is really happening when a child can’t follow more than a one- step direction? The difficulty may be with auditory sequential memory; difficulty holding onto the amount of information and keeping the steps in order. The consequences of this difficulty... ...Read more
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