What you can do to help your student listen better
Provide preferential seating.
Have the child seated away from adverse noise conditions. Provide the child with better visual and auditory access to the
Improve acoustic quality in classroom.
Reduce echo and unwanted background noises such as chair shuffling in the classroom, by having wall to wall carpeting,
acoustic ceiling tiles, thick curtains and foam baffles to absorb these background noises.
Provide lecture notes prior to lessons.
Provide lecture notes in advance. The child can become familiar with new topics before a lesson. This allows the child to
focus on his/her listening.
Provide a personal FM amplification system.
Personal FM systems deliver the teachers' voice to the child's ears above the noise level and unaffected by distance.
Complement verbal explanations with visual cues.
Pictures, graphs and illustrations can be helpful in reinforcing auditory information.
Gain your student's attention before speaking.
Call the child's name or signal to the child. Make sure that you have the child's attention (e.g. eye contact) before
Stand close and keep still when speaking.
Standing near and keeping still at the child's eye level helps him/her hear better and be less distracted by movements.
Speak in a clear and audible tone of voice.
Speak slowly and use simple words and sentences to the child. Gesturing may be helpful.
Give clear, unambiguous instructions.
Use simple sentences and make all instructions clear and concise.
Check for understanding.
Make sure that the child understands what is being said. Observe his/her facial expression. Alternatively, ask the child to rephrase or repeat given
Allow the child some time before responding to your questions.
Be patient and positive: an anxious and self-conscious child will experience even more difficulties thinking of replies to questions.