In today’s era of modern growth and cut-throat competition world, the success of every children generally depends upon his education and his active listening skills. Active listening skills helps a lot in developing the personality and mental development of a person even from his childhood. So, it is very necessary that every parent should try to increase their child’s listening skills by which he should never face any type of communication problem in his future. Now-a-days, listening skills generally means that with how much attention a person listens different things. Hence, effective and active listening skills plays a vital role in the overall development of a person as “Listening is an important component of learning”.
Why is active listening important?
There are many benefits of having active listening skills like an active listener shows good character, commitment and is an essential component of being a leader too.
Following are the other main advantages of active listening:
• Work should be done with more speed.
• Helps a lot in improving resourcefulness.
• Helps in self-reliance.
• Helps in improving productivity.
• Chances of decreasing misunderstandings.
• Helpful in doing mental and personality development.
Ways through which an active listening of a child can be increased
Generally, parents and teachers can help their child or student a lot in increasing his active listening skills and make him an active listener by modelling active listening through which a child is able to see the value and importance of being an active listener. It also helps child in developing his listening habits.
Following are the main ways through which active listening skills of every child can be increase:
• Keep regular eye-contact
To increase the listening skills of a child, it becomes very necessary for parents that they should make a direct eye contact with their child, when they are talking with them by which child will thinks that the talk is going on relating to a serious concern and then he gives his more attention towards the talk and then his listening skills can be increased. Focusing eyes also helps a lot in improving concentration skills of a child. This even helps the child to listen that what their parents or teachers are saying to them.
• Any type of Interruption should not be done during talk
The quality of no Interruption should also be developed in a child during his childhood that he should never ask any question or do any other thing which breaks the process of communication. Firstly, they should have to wait till the end of the talk and once the talk is finished, then they can ask any questions whether they are relating to any matter. But firstly, the speaker must have to finish his talk as interruption during talk can also make a negative impact on effective communication.
• Habit of asking questions
The important habit of asking questions should also needs to be developed in the child even from his childhood by which speaker can knows that whether the child is understanding the topic which is discussing in the communication properly or not? This also provides clarification, ensures understanding and shows that the child is listening and giving his full attention towards the communication.
The main four types of questions which should be asked are given below:
• Open ended questions.
• Close ended questions.
• Repeat back what the speaker says
When speaker finishes his talk, the listener must always try to repeat the same thing in short which the speaker has said by which speaker can believe that the listener has properly listened his whole thoughts and can also correct the listener also if he/she does any mistake in giving the summary of the whole talk.
• Other ways
Besides this, there are many other important ways through which the listening skills of a child can be increased easily. These are mentioned below:
1. Parents and teachers should always try to tell everything to their child or student in the form of stories ass listening stories is the favourite activity of every child and when they will listen anything in the form of story they will understand with more betterment.
2. Parents should always try to talk with their child in the favourite topic of their child by which their child will give his more attention in listening that talk, and his active listening skills can be increased.
3. Parents should always give their child some rewards if they listen their important talk with more attention.
The other main ways of increasing listening skills are like playing the spot change game, cook food with them by recipe book through which they can realise the true value of active listening, play telephone game with them and so on.
At last, practicing active listening techniques will help students and child to become a better communicator and develop their listening skills which they will use in their whole life.