What are auditory skills?
Auditory skills are hearing, one of the traditional five senses. The ability to hear affects many other skills, including speaking, listening, learning and thinking. Hearing skills have a direct effect on how children will learn other skills.
How can you help baby develop auditory skills?
Newborn to Three Months:
Babies will jump or startle at loud noises. Use your voice to soothe and comfort your baby.
Introduce rattles and toys with noises so that baby can learn to follow the sound.
Talk to your baby. It doesn’t matter what you talk about, baby will enjoy the sound of your voice.
Three to Six Months:
Sing songs to your baby. You don’t have to sing lullabies, sing whatever you like. Repeat songs often.
Try giving baby simple musical toys like maracas that she can shake and produce a sound.
Repeat baby’s sounds back to her – ba ba’s and ooh’s and ah’s are all part of her finding her voice and processing the sounds she makes.
Six to Twelve Months:
Call baby’s name to encourage her to respond to her name.
Introduce toys with different sounds – musical toys are excellent for this.
Teach her how to make noises by clapping, or banging her hands on the highchair or table.
Tell her what sounds she can hear. “Oh, there’s the telephone ringing.” Or “the dog is barking.”
Twelve to Eighteen Months:
Baby will start to repeat words. Point out objects and tell her what they are, “That’s the banana.” “Here’s Daddy.”
Sing baby lots of simple songs and nursery rhymes.
Play music often, so that baby becomes familiar with different music.
Play lots of word games and peek a boo, pat a cake and physical games with songs.
Eighteen Months to Two Years:
Encourage your toddler to point to parts of her body when you ask her to.
Repeat the names of objects so that she can process them and learn how to say them for herself.
Give your toddler saucepan lids and other safe objects to bang and make lots of noise with.
Two to Three Years:
Do lots of singing and dancing with your toddler.
Encourage your toddler to make animal noises. “What does the cow say?”
Play musical games with your toddler, and provide her with lots of toys that make different sounds.
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