How to Grow Your Child's...

HOW TO GROW YOUR CHILD'S AUDITORY BRAIN CELLS
Information to share with families of children with hearing problems of any type and degree, including ear infections and auditory processing difficulties.

- Minimize background noise: turn off T.V.
- Sing to your child! Fill their days with all kinds of music and songs.
- Speak in full sentences. Pronounce words clearly, with lots of melody.
- Stay close!
- Focus your child on listening. Call attention to sounds around the room. Point to your ear. Use listening words such as "you hear that" and "you were listening ".
- Emphasize sounds before vision.
- Talk about where objects are located. You will use many prepositions such as: in, on, under, behind, beside, next to, between. Prepositions are the bridge between concrete and abstract thinking,
- Describe sequences. Talk about the steps involved in activities as you are doing the activity. Sequencing is necessary for organizations.
- Read aloud every day. Try for 10 books per day.
- Name objects in the environment as you encounter them in daily routines.
- Talk about and describe how things sound, look and feel.
- Compare how objects or actions are similar and different in size and shape, smell, color or texture.

From the Audiology Department
The Montreal Children's Hospital
Tel. 514-412-4454

Source: Flexer, Carol. (2007). Conference on "Auditory Brain Development: The key Listening, Language and Literacy".

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