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Listening Checklist

We cannot see listening, the only way to get at it is indirectly – through skills that are related to it in one way or another.  This checklist offers a catalogue of such skills, and will enable you to assess yourself,  your child or your students with respect to listening. There is no score, simply check as many boxes as you feel appropriate.

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Receptive Listening

This is listening which is directed outward. It keeps us attuned to the world around us, to what’s going on at home, at work or in the classroom.

Receptive Listening

Expressive Listening

This is listening that is directed within. We use it to control our voice when we speak and sing and our eyes when we read or write.

Expressive Listening

Motor Skills

The ear of the body, which controls balance, body movements, co-ordination and body image, also needs close attention.

Motor Skills

Protection Issues

Listening is also the ability to leave out, or protect ourselves from “noise”, the information we don’t need. Difficulty at that level is often related to behavioral and social adjustment problems.

Protection Issues

The Level of Energy

The sensory system, and the ear in particular, are most instrumental in providing and regulating the energy we need to lead harmonious and fulfilling lives.

The Level of Energy

Developmental History

This knowledge sheds light on the possible causes of a listening problem.

Developmental History

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