Attention and Listening

The ability to listen and attend to sounds or activities and to focus on the sound or activity for long enough in order to learn from it.

Attention

A child needs to be able to attend to relevant things in their environment in order to be able to learn. The ability to focus and to maintain concentration is essential in learning language.

Gradually a child learns to shift their focus of attention from one activity or object to another and to listen at the same time. (See 'Age Related Development' below)

Listening 

A child needs to be able to hear before he can speak. However, a child also needs to be able to ‘listen’ and this is very different from hearing.

Listening involves being able to concentrate on the sounds a child hears around him so as to be able to understand where the sounds came from.

It involves: -
  • picking out speech from all the other noises that are going on around.
  • concentrating on the speech
  • hearing and noticing the differences between the speech sounds and
  • picking out the differences between words.
Documents:

Age-Related Development Includes information about the stages of development of attention skills   

 

Age-Related Development Includes information about the stages of development of attention skills

Attention and Listening

  • Listening: Awareness of Sounds

  • Listening: Location of Sounds

  • Listening: Discrimination between Sounds

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