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Listening & Attention
Listening develops before birth and babies can recognise their parents’ voices as soon as they’re born. As they develop listening skills, they are able to distinguish between different sounds and noises
Attention is the ability to continue listening for a longer time and as children get older, they can focus their attention on a specific task for longer periods and with more distractions.
Difficulties with listening and attention skills have an impact on the development of language, play skills, interaction and learning.
Children’s language skills, listening & attention, social skills and understanding of the world are developed through play and interaction.
Understanding of language comes before talking. Very young children only understand language in context, understanding things that are real and relevant in their world. Repetition helps children to understand nouns,verbs and concepts.
Children learn vocabulary through every day experience and understanding of the world. As their understanding grows … so will their vocabulary and expressive language.
As children’s vocabulary grows, they begin to put words together to first of all make small sentences and as their word bank knowledge increases, they are able to make longer and more complex sentences using a range of word types such as nouns, verbs and adjectives etc …
As children’s vocabulary develops, they will use expressive language to express their thoughts, feelings and ideas.
As children’s skills mature they are able to link ideas and thoughts to make conversational sequences, narrative and stories.
The icing on the cake of the hierarchy of language development is speech sounds. Speech sounds mature as children develop and generally all speech sounds should all be in place by about 7 - 8 years.
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