Developing Listening Skills

Vision and hearing are major components of a child’s overall development.  Vision and hearing help children connect to the world around them.  Besides helping children understand their environment, these sensory areas motivate a child to further explore their world, learn more about their world, and help them to add to their cognitive development.

Students with vision loss should have their hearing tested to assure that they are receiving as much and as clear of auditory information as possible.  As Flexer (1994) points out, even a minimal hearing loss can impact a student’s awareness of faint or distant speech, responding to subtle conversation cues, or become easily fatigued due to the effort needed to listen. 

(Flexer,Carol (1994). Facilitating Hearing and Listening in Young Children. San Diego, CA: Singular Publishing Group, Inc.)