Katie Brennan, MS, CCC-SLP
Your child needs opportunities to listen throughout his entire day in order to gain the experience he needs to make meaning of the sounds he hears. Progress in auditory skills will not happen in the one hour home visit you have weekly or your one hour speech therapy session. Integration of auditory skills development into daily routines and family activities is critical.
The 4 E’s of Auditory Skills Development at Home will help you create a supportive environment for focusing on auditory skills. The 4 E’s of Auditory Skills Development are:
Now that you know how to create a supportive learning environment, here is an overview of the hierarchy of auditory skills development (Erber, 1982). This hierarchy lays out the building blocks for auditory skills development.
Erber, N. (1982). Auditory Training. Washington DC: Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing.
You can use the wheel below to help think about how you can target different levels of auditory development within routines at home.