Tried and Trusted Methods to Help Your Child Become a Better Listener

As a parent, it is your responsibility to take good care of your kid. While doing this may be challenging, especially for working parents, it will go a long way in helping your kids develop faster and ultimately reach their full potential. One challenge most parents in Singapore faces while raising their kids is getting them to listen when they are talking. 

If your child often zones out when you are talking to him or he only hears and understands a small chunk of what you tell him, this article is for you. Read on to find a lot of proven tips and techniques to grow listening skills in children,  

Bear in mind that these tips aren’t complicated or difficult to apply. They can be understood and applied by basically anyone as they are simple and practical. 

The following article by Reading Eggs sheds light on eight practical ways to improve your child’s listening skills. 

8 Everyday Ways to Build Your Child’s Listening Skills

Overall, listening comprehension is the ability to understand the meaning of words heard and then be able to relate to them in some way. When your child hears a story, listening comprehension allows them to understand it, remember it, talk about it, and even retell it in their own wordsRead more here.

The above article has surely helped you to understand the importance of listening to kids and how it can help them communicate better, take information, and respond to instructions. You also now know some eight practical things you can do right now to help your child become a better listener. If ADHD or some other disability is anchoring your child’s listening skills, then you should read the next article carefully. 

The following article by Brandi BarnesGina Whiting and Sarah Amberson is a how-to guide for parents whose kid has ADHD. 

First, Learn to Listen. Then, Listen to Learn.

One of the frustrations for teachers and parents of kids with ADHD is getting a child to stop, listen, and understand what is being taught or asked of him. These tips and strategies will improve listening skills in children with ADHD — enabling students to listen, learn, and contribute in school and at home. Read more here.

You definitely now have a clear picture of how ADHD affects children, and how it makes it difficult for them to listen to what they are being taught in school or at home. You also now know some strategies that can help children with ADHD become a better listener. Want to learn how sounds can help improve your child’s listening skills? If yes, then you should read the next article carefully. 

The following article by Scholastic Parents Staff discusses how parents can use sounds to help their kids become better listeners. 

Listening and Learning

Three-year-olds have fun with language, delighting in simple nursery rhymes, and making up their own. As they listen to and repeat familiar rhymes and create word plays, children develop an ear for sounds, discovering they can be manipulated and changed. Read more here. 

You are surely now abreast of some ways to take advantage of the world of sounds and use it to build your child’s listening skills. You also now know how songs, riddles, jokes, stories, and so on can help your child become a better listener. If you have questions or don’t fully understand how to use sounds effectively, then you should consult his teacher or a professional. 

Final note 

Waiting for your child’s listening skills to improve without you taking action is a recipe for disaster, as it probably never will, especially if they have disabilities and retarding health conditions like ADHD. 

Prompt action is required on the parts of parents to turn this around. This may mean everything from reading stories, telling them jokes, playing listening games with them, and helping them build their vocabulary. 

While doing these may not yield immediate results, it will go a long way to help your kids become better listeners.

Everything You Need to Know About Sensory Integration Therapy

As humans, we have various sensory systems that work together to help us process information better and get things done quickly. Because of them, we can interpret smell, understand the information collected by our eyes, mouth, and nose in less than a second. 

For us to reach our full potential and perform at the highest level, all our senses need to work together. Getting your sense to work in perfect sync may not be an issue for some, but for others with sensory integration issues, it is a big deal. 

Note that the condition isn’t limited to adults alone, children can also be affected. Presently, sensory integration for children in Singapore is not uncommon. Don’t despair if you recently learned that your child has it, as some therapy programs can help him overcome it. Before we unveil it, we are first going to take a close look at the condition to learn what it is all about. 

The following article by Child development sheds light on some important things you probably didn’t know about sensory processing disorder in children. 

Sensory Processing

Sensory Processing – or Integration as it is also known – is the effective registration (and accurate interpretation) of sensory input in the environment (including one’s body). It is the way the brain receives, organizes, and responds to sensory input to behave in a meaningful & consistent mannerRead more here

The above article has likely helped you understand what the sensory processing disorder is all about. It has also unveiled some signs of the condition and some ways to determine if a child has it. If you are sure that your child has the condition, then you should read the next article, as it unveils the leading treatments for the condition.

The following article by Amanda Morin discusses some key things about sensory integration therapy. 

Sensory Integration Therapy: What You Need to Know

Sensory integration therapy aims to help kids with sensory processing issues (which some people may refer to as “sensory integration disorder”) by exposing them to sensory stimulation in a structured, repetitive way. Read more here.

The above article has certainly broadened your horizon and given you a better understanding of how sensory integration disorder is treated. It has also given you a clear picture of how diet and certain activities can help your child overcome the condition. The truth is that the more you know about the condition, the better you will be able to address it. 

The following article by Kimberly Holland is a well-written piece that will help you get a better understanding of Sensory issues disorder in kids. 

Understanding Sensory Issues in Children

Sensory issues occur when a child has a difficult time receiving and responding to information from their senses. Children who have sensory issues may have an aversion to anything that triggers their senses, such as light, sound, touch, taste, or smell. Read more here.

The above article has certainly broadened your understanding of the condition. It has also given you a clear picture of some symptoms of the condition, as well as some research-backed ways to address it for good. If you still have questions or want to learn more about the condition, then you should visit a specialist, they will be more than happy to answer your questions. 

Final note 

Over the years, numerous researches have been done to determine the cause of sensory issues in kids. While no clear cause was found, researchers discovered that the condition is common among children who experienced birth complications or who were born prematurely. 

All is not lost if your child has the condition as there are proven treatments like occupational therapy, that help kids and adults cope with the condition. And remember that the more you know about the condition, the better you will get at managing it.