Top 5 Effective Activities To Do During a Listening Program
A listening program is highly effective and beneficial; however, getting your child to listen for an hour a day can be daunting. Here are the top five activities our parents find effective and easy to implement during their child’s Integrated Listening System sessions. Note: make sure the headphones are secured and the child is able to wear the headphones at all times.
Playground: If your child does not have enough room to run around in your backyard, take him or her to the park. It is easy for you and fun for your child. If playground or backyard is not available for you, how about a Trampoline? Jumping can be a great exercise and keep your child busy while providing vestibular input.
Tabletop activities: Some fine motor toys, puzzles and picture boxes are fun and interesting to focus on. Depending on your child and concentration level, you can provide easy or hard activities they can do independently. Let your child explore until he or she finds what they are really interested in. For example, a client of mine started to draw and color during his iLs time. In time, his drawing and concentration started to get better. If drawing is not what your child likes, then explore something else. The goal is for your child to listen to his iLs program for its complete duration.
Sensory boxes: Some children prefer to stay in a quiet area and play with sensory rich toys. My rule is as long as they keep the headphones clean, let them.
“Little helper”: If your child does not want to leave your sight, then let him be your “little helper.” Have your child help you around the house. Give your child little tasks or have him watch you do your work. Keep him busy and engaged.
Quiet area: As another option for those who like to be alone, provide a quiet area like a tent, big box, or a made up “cave” under the table. Give them a special puzzle, teddy bear, or toy they can play with only while listening.