Auditory Closure this is the ability to decode a word after only hearing part of the word. If you hear breakf… you should be able to decode the word is breakfast. Auditory closure is one of the micro-skills of learning. The ability to integrate auditory stimuli into whole, meaningful units is crucial to language development.
This 56-card Auditory Closure Fun Deck gives loads of practice targeting these skills:
- auditory association and discrimination,
- word retrieval, and
- long and short term memory
- It also has content and game idea cards.
Cards measure 6.5 cm x 8.90 cm and are stored in a sturdy storage tin.
Auditory closure is a fun way to help your child to build their listening and talking skills. Auditory closure is a commonly-used rehabilitation method, and is a great strategy to try for children who have got “stuck” in the phase of imitating what adults say.
Here are some ways you can introduce auditory closure to your child at home:
- Sing a familiar song, for example “Twinkle, twinkle, little star!” Sing the song together first to make sure your child knows all the words. Then begin singing the song and pause half way through one of the lines. Look at your child expectantly and encourage your child to finish the song line. It may take time for your child to learn what you want from them. To help with this, give your child a model of what to do by first practicing this new activity with a sibling or partner who can finish the song line.
- Add an action that will happen when your child completes the sentence. For example, when pushing your child on a swing, give them a chance to hear the phrase you are going to use such as “Ready, steady, go” for the push pull motion. Once you are confident they understand the interaction, pull the seat back and say “Ready, Steady…”, then hold them still. Wait for them to say “Go!” As soon as they say the word, or a sound that is similar, let them go. Doing something fun like this encourages them to try saying the word again. You can also use this strategy, for going down a slide, or even when starting a drive in the car together!
- Build lists of things. If you are about to start a craft project together, talk about the items you will need, such as paper, scissors and glue. When you take out each item, forget to pull out one of the items and prompt your child: “We need paper, scissors and…” You can use this method for setting the table, taking out clothes to get dressed, or when making food—for example a sandwich.
- Use plenty of everyday phrases. Some things come in pairs such as fish and chips, salt and pepper, day and night. Read books and do activities to teach these paired items to your child, and then encourage them to complete the phrase when talking about them.