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How to Develop Child’s Learning Ability during infancy. (Birth to 12 months) – LISTENER SKILLS

Listener Skills go hand in hand with a child’s growing sociability, speech and vocabulary, ability to follow directions, and interest in reading. It stands to reason that a baby whose LISTNER skills are encouraged will go on to have an easier time making friends and tackling school work than will a child whose LISTENER skills are weak. All three types of learners, then, will benefit from their parents’ attention to this area of development.

The baby whose LISTENER skills are inborn will enjoy and profit from any opportunity for communication or self-expression. LOOKERS and MOVERS, who delight in moving their hands and their whole bodies, will most readily accept those LISTENER activities that combine action with talking and listening. Here are some suggestions for all three types of learners.

Enhancing an Infant’s existing LISTENER Skills.

  • Gently shake rattles, bells, and other noisemakers near your infant’s ears
  • Leave a radio playing softly in the nursery.
  • Play a CD or tape of lullabies, as background music to accompany any activity.
  • Offer your baby the conversation he craves. Talk to him as you tend to his needs, describing what you’re doing, asking him questions, and using any sort of response as an answer.
  • Sing and chant to your baby. Even the youngest LISTENER will respond with excitement to familiar songs and rhymes.
  • Bring” home sounds” to your baby’s attention. Explain in simple words what each whir, beep, ding and whoosh signifies. For example, “Do you hear the timer? The clothes are dry now,” or “Do you hear that noise? Now the dog food can is open.
  • Put life into stories you read to baby by giving distinctive voices to different characters and using expressive tones.
  • Play CD’s that was created especially for babies.

Encouraging the development of LISTENER Skills in infants who are LOOKERS

  • Provide your baby with a soft wrist rattle that he can wear on his forearm.
  • Use your hands to act out songs as you sing them aloud. For example, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” can crawl up your baby’s stomach, helping him associate the words with action he loves. Hand gestures can also spice up many ordinary words and phrases, like “Good Bye”, “All gone”,etc.
  • Introduce a first waterproof book that can be taken into the bath.
  • Introduce toys with light and music.
  • Imitating the sounds your baby makes will encourage him to make more. Draw his attention to your lips as you make the sounds. As he grows older, make a game of this, taking turns with a pretend microphone.
  • When baby places a pan on the stovetop, he is treated to the sounds of boiling and frying. Other entertaining sounds include the ticking of an oven timer and the sound of a bell.
  • Pretend to talk on a toy telephone, and encourage your baby to do the same. Even simple babbling, when repeated, models the give and take of conversation.
  • Get the child toys which make sounds on pressing buttons.

Encouraging the development of LISTENER Skills in infants who are MOVERS

  • Slip a soft- covered rattle inside your baby’s bed clothes, or tie a rattle to his infant seat. This way, his slightest movements will produce a pleasing sound.
  • As you cuddle and rock your baby, sing in time to the chair’s motion.
  • “Turn ON” your infant’s ears several times a day. This technique involves gently massaging the outer edge of the ears, starting at the top and working down. By doing this, you will stimulate the acupuncture points and bring energy to your baby’s ears.
  • Provide a variety of floating, sinking and squirting toys during bath time, and keep up a conversation as baby plays with the various toys.
  • Make use of “fun” noises. Animal sounds and expressive sounds that replace words –“yuck”, “uh-oh”, “brr”, and the like will be attempted by baby before the words themselves.
  • Use “baby talk “and repetitive syllables to make words easier for your baby to mimic. A train can be “choo-choo”, an ice cream bar a “pop-pop”, shampoo, “poo” and so on.
  • Give toys that produce music, sounds and lights based on the baby’s natural kicking motion.
  • Introduce baby to numbers, colors, shapes, songs and sounds with toys that respond to pressing knobs and spinning dials.
  • Give baby a pull away toy that makes sounds as they move across the floor.

As you work and play with your infant, please do not limit yourself to the suggestions above. Toy store inventories change constantly, so it may well be that an item you have decided to purchase now sits alongside a similar toy that’s even easier to use, or perhaps better suited to your baby. No one knows your child better than you, after all.  So now that you use the information in the website to determine your babies’s playing and learning needs, feel free to consider both your own tastes and your baby’s personality when making toy and techniques selections.

Please bear in mind that visible results may be slow when you attempt to encourage an infant’s weaker areas. And remember that efforts to round out your child’s development contradict his inborn sensory urges. You may not see signs of improvement, or even enjoyment, on your baby’s part for weeks. But gentle perseverance should eventually overcome your infant’s resistance.

Remember that your goal is a happy confident learner, not an honor student. Have fun, and be sure to enjoy every endearing moment of infancy as you interact with your baby.

Read my other articles for complete understanding of your CHILDS Learning Skills.

 To see how you can ENHANCE and DEVELOP various skills of your infant yourself, click the links below.

How to Develop Child’s LISTNER Skills during INFANCY.

How to Develop Child’s MOVER Skills during INFANCY.

How to maximize Child’s LOOKER Skills during INFANCY.

To Take a Quick Check of your child’s Learning Styles, click the links below.

Learning Styles in INFANCY Quick Check (Birth to 12 months).

Learning Styles in Toddler Quick Check (13 months to 3 years).

Learning Style Quick Check in Preschooler (3-5 years).

Learning Style Quick Check for Kindergarteners (5-6  years).

Learning Style Quick Check for Grade 1 (6-7 years).

Learning Style Quick Check for Primary Scholar (9-10 years).

Learning Style Quick Check for Teenager (13-14 years).

Learning style Quick Check for Parents.

See How  you can ENHANCE and DEVELOP various skills of your Child during various stages, click the links below.

Infancy  (Birth to 12 months).

Toddler (13 months to 3 years).

Preschooler (3-5 years).

Kindergarteners (5-6  years).

Grade 1 (6-7 years).

Primary Scholar (9-10 years).

Teenager (13-14 years).

To determine your personal learning style and its influence on your child, click the links below.

Take the learning style Quick Check for Parents.

PARENTS Learning Styles and Life Styles Quick check

Why Identify and Modify Learning Style

How Parental Learning style influences a Child’s style

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