When you are giving directions to a child, you should not speak quickly, have run-on sentences, or state lengthy directions! The message will be lost if you do so. Instead, here are some suggestions to help you when giving directions to your children or for when they are trying to remember directions:
- Break down directions into parts when speaking
- Use visuals when possible
- Sequence the events in order
- Write down directions on a piece of paper or have the child write them down
- Repeat the directions or have the child repeat the directions aloud
- Create an acronym, a song, or a poem about the directions
- Allow the child to look around the room and associate things with the directions
- Give one part of a direction at a time
- Have children highlight the important parts of a direction on a piece of paper
- Have children practice a direction that is used frequently, such as lining up for class, more than once
- Model the direction for the child
- Help the child visualize the directions
- Discuss listening skills
You can work on following directions through coloring, asking a child to get certain items at the grocery store, writing, playing Simon Says, barrier games, giving directions to create a craft, following cooking directions, and more.
Some great products to work on following directions include Super Duper's Following Directions Fun Deck, Conditional Directions Fun Deck, Magnetalk Following Directions, Leap Into Listening, and HearBuilder Following Directions. Linguisystems has some great products as well including 100% Listening, 50 Quick-Play Listening Games, HELP for Auditory Processing, No Glamour Auditory Processing Cards, and No Glamour Following Directions.
Finally, some great apps that focus on following directions are:
- Fun With Directions HD
- More Fun With Directions
- Following Directions Fun Deck
- Auditory Workout
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