attention and listening building block 

What is attention and listening? 

Attention and listening is being able to listen and focus on specific tasks or sounds.

It can be a tricky skill for young children to learn.

Why are attention and listening important?

Good attention and listening skills help with:

  • Social skills
  • Understanding language
  • Following instructions
  • Learning to communicate
  • Speech sounds
  • All areas of learning

All children will develop attention skills at different speeds. Click on the link below for an idea of what to expect at different ages:

How can I help my child develop listening and attention skills?

Helping children to develop listening and attention skills will have a positive effect on their language skills too.

See Tips for listening (for children who are 2 - 3 years old)

How can I help my child develop listening and attention?

Activities for listening to sounds

Activities for listening to instructions

Sound Bags

Taking Turns when playing

Classroom strategies to support attention and listening

How to Refer

Click here to find out how to refer a child.