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Attention & listening – Early Years

The ability to focus attention on something or someone is important for all types of learning, particularly speech and language development. A child develops their attention and listening skills by listening to everyday sounds around them – the telephone, washing machine, animal noises etc. They will also need to focus their listening on spoken language including single words and sentences before they can learn to speak for themselves and communicate effectively with others. Babies and young children develop attention and listening skills through frequent opportunities to interact and play with others around them in quiet environments.

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Last updated: 17 April, 2018

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