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Attention & Listening

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 handouts for ideas to support your child’s attention and listening skills