We all take in information through the senses: taste, smell, hearing (auditory), seeing (visual), and doing (tactile/kinesthetic). Within the auditory, visual, and tactile/kinesthetic areas, there are 9 sub-categories each. So what do you do when one or more of those areas isn't working as well as it should, could, and can?
Can you strengthen the system?
With the knowledge of neuroplasticity (the brain's ability to form new neural connections), we can strengthen each system. So today I'm giving you three quick activities you can do that will strengthen the auditory processing system by becoming more sensitive to sounds.
Auditory Processing Activities: Becoming Auditory Sensitive
Sit in the backyard and listen for sounds. Do you hear birds chirping? A dog barking? A cat meowing? Airplanes? Cars? Write down the sounds you hear.
Sit in the house and listen for sounds. Do you hear the toaster popping the toast up? Popcorn popping? The microwave making noise? The washing machine? The dryer?
The doorbell? The TV? The radio? The kitchen timer going off? The toilet flushing? The kitchen faucet dripping? Write down the sounds you hear.
Listen for food sounds. What does it sound like when you are chewing a fresh raw carrot? A celery stick? A potato chip? Write down the sounds you hear.
Talk about these different sounds. How many sounds did you hear? Which sounds were loud? Which sounds were soft? Were there any clicking sounds?
Answering these questions after you make your list will help you become more aware of sounds in the world. Doing this activity numerous times will also help you to discriminate between letter sounds as you will become more sensitive to sounds that you hear.
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