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Last week, I shared with you the differences between hearing and sound processing.  I shared activities to work on Sound Awareness.

This week, keeping in line with Basics to develop listening skills, I will focus on Sound Localization.  But let’s do a refresher on what the basics are first.

Start With The Basics 
The child on the spectrum often needs to start at the basics. Something as simple as learning sound differences can play an important part in their ability to learn language. My Davis Model of Sound Intervention® incorporates a developmental flow chart for the correct administration of any sound-based therapy. It builds on the developmental needs of the body to process sound in general. My approach works from a more foundational level and then builds on needed skills.

Activities To Develop Listening Skills
It is important to know that when developing listening skills, the basics flow as follows:

  1. sound awareness
  2. sound localization
  3. sound discrimination
  4. sound comprehension.

Remember, you need to start with 1, then 2 and not jump ahead.  Although some may feel these are too basic, keep in mind they provide the underlying foundational skills needed for the future development of language.

This week, we will focus on developing Sound Localization.

Sound Localization

Localizing sound helps the child to identify speakers, enabling them to respond more appropriately to others as well as engage in conversations better.

Establish the Location 
Make sure any sounds you want to have your child listen to are placed at an appropriate distance, height and angle to your child. Keeping this continuity at first is important. Variable dimensions can be changed as the skill improves. Place objects that make sound to their right and/or left side, above or below the head, in front or in back of them. Discover where they notice it the best. Once you know, then build from that point onward.

Eyes Open, Then Closed 
Let the child initially keep their eyes open while they point or turn toward the sound. Then have them close their eyes and build until they can tell you where the sound was made, who made the sound, and what the sound was. Increase the complexity by varying the distance of the sound, the fewer repetitions of the sound, or even the angle that they hear the sound.