Strategy's StepsYou use the auditory sandwich strategy to teach new words and concepts to your child. It's super simple and incredibly straightforward. All it is is "Hear It, See It, & Hear It Again."
- Hear It
- Present something using auditory first. For this, you just say the word without any visual cues. Don't use visual hints like pointing and gesturing.
- This requires your child to truly be listening.
- Example: "That's a dog." (Only say it, don't point to it!)
- See It
- Now you can give visual cues. You can gesture or point to what you're talking about.
- Your child's brain is now connecting what they heard with what they now see.
- Example: Point to the dog. Make sure your child sees it.
- Hear It Again
- Say it again so that your child gets two chances to make the connection.
- This is closing the auditory loop.
- Example: "That's a nice dog!"
That's a WrapWe use gestures all the time. When I was in grad school and learning to use this strategy, I intentionally would hold my hands in my lap to make sure I didn't use them. It's a tough habit to break but consistently making an effort with bring good results. Give it a try and keep on trying.
It gets easier and you child's brain development is worth the effort.