Thursday, 16 June 2011

Auditory Analysis and Synthesis

Week 7 has whizzed past here at Head Start (hence it is Thursday already and I have only just got around to writing this blog!!) - we had an eventful week getting ready for our inaugural ULTIMATE PLAYDATE this weekend and also finalising and releasing our Term 3 timetable...more about all that later.

So what did we get up to in class this week? The focus was on another auditory set of skills, namely Auditory Analysis and Synthesis, sounds tricky right?! However, these skills are something that you will most likely be practicing in everyday life without actually realising it. Auditory Analysis is the ability to process noises and sounds to determine what they are or what they mean and Synthesis involves putting these sounds into context in order to understand what they are or blending noises together to make sense of them as a whole. SOoo all that time you spend saying "can you hear that noise? what is it" you are actually providing a valuable opportunity to practice these auditory skills. The more opportunity you provide you child to listen for sounds (especially unusual and new sounds) the better! When you littlie hears the lock turn in the front door and shouts out DADDY they have used their auditory skills to listen to a noise, process what it means and to put it into context to come to the realisation that Daddy must be home...cute, and educational.
So like I mentioned earlier this skills is largely about creating opportunity for your child to process sounds. In class this week we broke out all the musical instruments to practice our listening skills and discussed ways in which you can practice this at home. Such as going on 'auditory walks' where you see how many different sounds you can hear - how about getting your little one to close their eyes in their buggy and see what sounds they can recognise. This is also a great time to pull out all those noisy books to listen to farmyard sounds, different tractors/trucks etc. For the older ones how about breaking down larger words into their individual sounds and see if they can blend/synthesise the sounds together to work out what the whole word is! Remember, opportunity to learn from auditory cues is all around us all the time, it is just making the most of it!!

So I hope that you are all geared up to come to our Ultimate Playdate this weekend - 10.30-12noon at the Edgar Centre. We are bringing all our HS equipment and setting up an obstacle course, an under 2's area, a bike circuit and a bouncy castle. There will also be music and activities for everyone! We have released our Term 3 timetable to our current Head Start families this week and will be launching it to everyone else at our playdate on Sunday - another great reason to come check us out. The new timetable will also soon be available to view on our website www.headstart.net.nz

Hopefully we will see you all on SUNDAY!!! In the meantime have a wonderful week and tune back in next week to see what fun we have been having!
x Lizz & the Head Start team.

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