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Listening Skills: The Give Me Five Technique
Listening and learning go hand-in-hand. Weak listening skills can negatively impact a person’s ability to learn. Many children need to learn how to listen.
According to speech language pathologists, Liz Spooner and Jacqui Woodcock, and authors of the book, Teaching Children to Listen: A Practical Approach to Developing Children’s Listening Skills * teaching children to listen involves (*Amazon affiliate link included):
- Teaching what good listening means
- Explaining why good listening is a helpful thing to do
- Motivating them to engage in good listening independently
Give Me 5 is a visual technique to help children demonstrate good active listening.
It entails having them do the following with 5 different body parts:
- Eyes are watching.
- Ears are listening
- Mouth is closed.
- Body is upright and calm.
- Hands are empty and still.
I created this visual of Give Me Five and regularly use it with my clients and daughter.
It is available for download in The Listen and Follow the Directions Packet: Fun Activities to Promote Your Child’s Listening Skills.
Click the image below to learn more!
Source: Swain, K.D., Friehe, M.M., Harrington, J.M. (2004). Teaching listening strategies in the inclusive classroom. Intervention in School and Clinic, 40, 48-54
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