I talked in our last post, 5 Simple Ways to Help Your Child Follow Directions, about how to modify the environment and your wording of directions to help your child be more successful in following directions. However, it is also a good idea to strengthen the underlying listening skills so you don’t have to modify directions so much. We want our children to be able to succeed in as many situations as possible with many different people!
Seeking Professional Help for Listening Skills
Now there can be various reasons that children have trouble following directions. You may want to seek professional help in figuring out why your child may be struggling. If following directions is the main concern you have about your child, a speech-language pathologist is a good place to start. To find a speech-language pathologist in your area, check out this searchable database from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.
Improving Listening Skills in the Home
If you want to strengthen your child’s listening ability on your own, there are four areas you can focus on:.
Build Your Child’s Vocabulary
Help Your Child Learn to Identify Key Words
Strengthen Your Child’s Auditory Memory Skills
Practice Following Directions
Join me over on Autism Homeschool Mama for the Equipped: Your Guide to Special Needs Homeschooling blog series where I wrote in length about how to target each of these areas in your child. There is a FREE printable download that will get you started. It is suggested that you set aside about 15 min. three days a week to do these exercises. You can make them part of your homeschool routine or practice them at some other point during the day.
Click here to see a full list of all of the posts in the Equipped: Your Guide to Special Needs Homeschooling blog series.
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