Listening is a fundamental skill to be able to develop language and to access learning in the classroom. There are a number of foundation skills which build a child’s ability to listen in the classroom.  

We spend a lot of time expecting or telling children to listen, but do they actually know what ‘listening’ is?  

Sarah Billingham joins Dale in this week’s episode to discuss helping children to listen. This podcast is one that everyone can relate to whether it’s children not listening to parents or partners not listening to each other. We discuss the factors that can impact the ability to listen such as distractions, emotional state and surroundings.

Listen to understand what good listening is and how to listen. Find out the elements that help children to listen and various strategies to be able to support their listening.

About Sarah Billingham

Sarah Billingham is a specialist teacher, she runs Confident Kids, a unique Early Years service. She equips parents, carers and practitioners with expert knowledge and the practical tools they need to offer their little people the very best communication support they can.  

Sarah has been working with children with speech and language needs for over 16 years in mainstream and specialist settings.

Sarah has recently decided to focus on Confident Kids full time. She most recently ran a multi-disciplinary assessment centre for children with SLCN in the charity sector. In 2020 & 2021 she ran an online focus week for parents and practitioners sharing videos on supporting young children transitioning into school (or back into school following lockdown). 

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