Active listening exercises

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Active listening exercises

Postby teensmom » Thu Sep 13, 2007 7:19 pm

My 15-year-old son has slow processing skills and is diagnosed cognitively impaired. I think I've caught on to a big problem in his learning style, he doesn't fully listen to what he's being told or asked. I find myself saying, "That's not the question I asked," quite a bit! Any suggestions on active listening exercises? I was thinking of some dictation work. Something to help him learn to focus on what's being said.
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Postby Lily » Thu Sep 13, 2007 9:51 pm

I have my littles repeat back the question so I know they at least heard it and are on their way to processing it.

Have you thought about games like What Johnny Has In His Pocket?
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Postby teensmom » Fri Sep 14, 2007 5:26 am

I've never heard of that game, what is it?

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Postby Lily » Fri Sep 14, 2007 6:51 am

It's an old travel game. The first person starts off, "Johnny has an apple in his pocket." And then the second person, "Johnny has an apple and a book in his pocket." Third, "Johnny has an apple, a book, and a string in his pocket"

and so on and so on, until someone can't remember everything Johnny has in his pocket. :lol:
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Postby Theodore » Fri Sep 14, 2007 9:38 am

We've played that, only in our case it's a shopping basket. Makes more sense than a pocket, you can store more in a basket :)

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Postby kerry1968 » Wed Sep 19, 2007 8:14 pm

my son used earaerobics it isn't cheap but they have free games on their website that are kinda cool.

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Postby teensmom » Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:12 am

Thanks for the great suggestions! We'll try playign the game in the car and I'll check out the Earobics site.


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Postby momo3boys » Fri Sep 21, 2007 8:00 am

I got a copy of earobics from the school. It is great for a lot of things for reading and spelling and writing, and general listening skills.
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