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What Can You Hear : Developing Listening Skills

For children, the sound sensation only becomes meaningful through time by increased auditory awareness and spoken language exposure.

The child’s local Speech and Language Therapy (S.A.L.T.) service and specialist education service are responsible for the ongoing day to day rehabilitation support. The rehabilitation professionals from the team support them in this role and provide advice. They work together in setting targets for listening, communication, language and education.

A rehabilitation professional helping to develop a patient's listening skills

The (re-)habilitation process is the key to helping children interpret sound in their environment, learning to use it in a meaningful way to acquire spoken language. Both structured activities and incidental learning are crucial for the development of listening and spoken language skills. Parents play an essential role and can capitalise on the many listening and language learning opportunities presented in their child's daily routine.