Let’s go on a listening walk! What do you hear in your neighborhood? A garbage truck, a bird, a child laughing. This is a great activity to help your child build on his/her auditory awareness skills. You can do this on any day, in any weather!
Who can do it?
Children who are newly amplified and early listeners.
Why do it?
A new listener may be able to hear new sounds but doesn’t always understand what they are hearing. A listening walk is a great way to practice the following listening skills:
- Detecting a sound (“Listen, did you hear that?”)
- Showing awareness of loud and soft sounds (“what a loud truck!”)
- Adding meaning and vocabulary to a sound (“tweet” I hear a bird!”)
- Searching for the source of the sound (“look......I see the bird up in the tree!”)
What else can we do?