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Speech & Language

Attention & Listening

Attention and listening is being able to listen and focus on specific tasks or sounds. A child needs to be able to focus on things around them in order to be able to learn. This is essential in learning language. 

Gradually a child learns to shift their focus of attention from one activity or object to another, and be able to listen at the same time. Good attention and listening skills help with:

  • Learning to communicate
  • All areas of learning
  • Social skills
  • Understanding language
  • Following instructions
  • Speech sounds.

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You can contact the Norfolk & Waveney Speech & Language Therapy Service by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

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