As an auditory learner, our children process information when they can hear it... BUT this is where they are often misunderstood! Many people believe/expect that auditory learners would be naturally quiet children as they are trying to absorb what they hear - but this is NOT the case! Most auditory learners are “chatterboxes,” because they need to talk out what they’re thinking and hearing from others to process.
What’s the best way to support an auditory learner?
LET THEM TALK!
While this might annoy those around them, it’s essential for their processing - they’re repeating instructions to themselves, retelling stories, memorizing information, etc. You can also expect near constant sounds to be coming from these kids… humming, singing, tapping things near them, etc.
They do this to make their own background noise, which helps them maintain focus on the task at hand!
Music is a fantastic way to connect with an auditory learner!
Whether it’s calming music playing in the background, playing musical instruments, or helping them learn something through music.
Discussion is a wonderful way to help your auditory learner process ideas. Be available to talk with them as they work through something, even if it seems like it’s repetitious.
Auditory learners love to read to themselves, be read aloud to, and listen to audiobooks.What does an auditory learner struggle with?
Because they rely on their hearing to process information, this may lead to shorter attention spans for one thing at a time.
This makes sticking to a project, reading non-fiction texts, or paying attention to tiny details in math/science tricky.
Give them lots of time and space to work through these things.
Auditory learners struggle if it’s too quiet. They’re likely to zone out and become easily distracted. Calming background music is a great way to support them here.
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