Attention and Listening skills are very important. They are the skills that are needed before a child can begin to learn language and fully interact with the world they live in.
The Language Pyramid above shows that children need to be able to notice and hear things in the world around them in order to learn and develop their other language and communication skills.
For example, for a child to be able to pronounce the word ‘car’ properly, the child will go through a process similar to this:
In the process above, if the child has not been able to look and listen to the world around them, it doesn’t matter how many times they hear people around them saying ‘car’, they cannot map this word onto anything.
Therefore they do not learn new names for objects, they struggle to develop their play skills, and this impacts their communication and language development. Children develop their attention and listening skills over time.