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    We cannot "see" listening; the only way to "get at it' is indirectly - through skills that are related to it in one way or another. This checklist offers a catalogue of such skills, and will enable you to assess yourself, your child or your students with respect to listening. there is-no "score"; simply check as many boxes as you feel appropriate. (From When Listening Comes Alive, by Paul Madaule, Moulin Publishing, 1994)

    Developmental History Motor Skills

    This knowledge is extremely important in early identification and prevention of listening problems. It also needs also sheds light on possible causes:

    The ear of the body (the vestibule), which controls  It balance, co-ordination and body image,  close attention:

    • a stressful pregnancy poor
    • difficult birth
    • adoption
    • early separation from the mother
    • delay in motor development 
    • delay in language development 
    • recurring ear infections
    • posture
    • fidgety behaviour
    • clumsy, uncoordinated movements
    • poor sense of rhythm 
    • messy handwriting
    • hard time with organisation, structure
    • confusion of left and fight
    • Mixed dominance
    • poor sports skills

    Receptive listening The level of energy

    This is the listening that is directed outward It keeps us attuned to the world around us,on at home, at work or in the classroom:

    The car acts as a dynamo, providing us with  the energy , to what’s going we need to survive and lead fulfilling lives:

    • short attention span
    • distractibility
    • oversensitivity to sounds
    • misinterpretation of questions
    • confusion of similar-sounding words 
    • frequent need for repetition
    • inability to follow sequential instructions
    • difficulty in getting up
    • tiredness at the end of the day
    • habit of procrastinating
    • hyperactivity
    • tendency toward depression
    • feeling overburdened with everyday tasks

    Expressive listening Behavioural and social adjustment

    This is the listening that is directed within. We use it to control our voice when we speak and sing

    A listening difficulty is often related to these: 

    • flat and monotonous voice
    • hesitant speech
    • weak vocabulary
    • poor sentence structure
    • overuse of stereotyped expressions
    • inability to sing in tune
    • confusion or reversal of letters
    • poor reading comprehension, spelling, reading aloud
    •   low tolerance for frustration
    •   poor self-confidence
    •   shyness
    •   difficulty in making friends
    •   tendency to withdraw, avoid others
    •   irritability
    •   immaturity
    •   low motivation, no interest in school /work,
    • negativity





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