Here, we are covering activities for auditory learners, but you’ll also discover types of learners (an auditory learner is just one learning style!) and how to best support students with specific listening needs. Let’s get started with auditory processing activities to support auditory learners. For students with auditory sensitivities that impact learning and participation in the classroom, understanding the auditory learner is essential.
What is an Auditory Learner?
Learning styles are the manner in which we best learn and process information.
Examples of learning styles include auditory learners, kinesthetic learners, and visual learners. Each of us has a preference (either obvious or less obvious) to one style of learning or another. As children develop, they can progress through different stages and preferences of learning.
Kids can succeed with a variety of learning styles. One strategy is to address the sense of hearing when teaching new concepts or reinforcing older concepts.
There are many characteristics of a student who is an auditory learner. A few indications include the children who can’t seem to stop talking, the child who repeats verbal information out loud, or the child who prefers discussion in classroom activities.
Read below to find more characteristics of auditory learners and activities for auditory learners in the classroom or at home.
Characteristics of Auditory Learners
Not all children who are auditory learners will experience all of the characteristics below.
Prefer listening in the classroom
Like to talk
Can’t concentrate when there are noises in the environment
Can’t fall asleep to music or a television
Benefits from repetition of directions
Learns best when listening
Learns well from videos
Easily recalls songs, poems, and phrases
Talks out decision processes
Remembers facts in detail when hearing them
Prefers to hear all of the facts when learning something new
Hums or talks to self
Easily can identify differences in pitch or tone of sounds
Follows verbal instructions better than written instructions
Prefers smaller groups in the classroom (limits the auditory distractions)
Remembers facts better after repeating them
Talks or moves lips while they write
Recalls a person’s tone of voice when remembering a conversation
When reading or writing, written information may not make sense until it’s been read aloud
Writes with light pencil pressure
Children who learn best through the auditory sense may benefit from auditory strategies.
Try some of the activities for auditory learners that are listed below:
Activities for Auditory Learners
- Read homework directions out loud
- Record facts on video and then replay it. A mobile phone or tablet works well for this strategy.
- Sing facts to a tune
- Write a song when memorizing facts or spelling words
- Teach to other students or even to stuffed animals
- Practice in front of a mirror
- Try a whisper phone
- Listen to books on tape using headphones
- Rhyme facts
- Spell words out loud in different pitches and tones
- Use noise eliminating headphones in the classroom or during tests
- Find a quiet space for homework
- Turn off distractions. Consider televisions, phones, or even fans
- Use mnemonic devices to memorize facts
- Listen to audiobooks
- Use oral reports for classroom projects
- Allow students to record portions of homework or projects onto devices
- Make flashcards and read them out loud
- During classroom lessons, clap or speak louder during important parts
- Speak in syllables
What are your best strategies to help auditory learners?
The Auditory Processing Kit is a printable packet to address listening skills, whole body listening, listening comprehension, active listening, and auditory processing needs. This printable packet contains active listening activities, hands-on strategies, activity cards, visual cards, handouts, and more.
The Auditory Processing Kit is a tool to support learners by building skills in listening comprehension, auditory processing needs, and much more. The tools offer support to learners with hyper-responsive or hypo-responsive auditory systems. Therapists love the hands-on activities to support learning and active listening through play and handwriting tasks.
- Listening Comprehension
- Fine Motor Listening Skills
- How to Improve Listening Skills Poster
- Clap It Out Syllables Orthographic Activities
- Beginning Sounds Letter Activity
- Rhyming Words Activity
- Activity Listening Activity
- Hearing Skills Activity
- Auditory Memory Strategies
- What Does Active Listening Look Like?
- Whole Body Listening Activity
- Whole Body Listening Poster
- Listening and Motor Skills Game
- 2 Step Direction Cards
- How to Support Hyper-Responsiveness of the Auditory Sense (handout and info sheet)
- How to Support Hypo-responsiveness of the Auditory Sense (handout and info sheet)
- Auditory Processing Tools Cards
- Auditory Processing Speed -2 Digit Numbers
- Auditory Processing Speed -3 Digit Numbers
- Auditory Processing Speed -4 Digit Numbers
Use the handouts and posters to teach about the auditory system and auditory sensitivities, with strategies to support individualized needs. Get your copy of the Auditory Processing Kit today.
Colleen Beck, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 2000, working in school-based, hand therapy, outpatient peds, EI, and SNF. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. Read her story about going from an OT making $3/hour (after paying for kids’ childcare) to a full-time OT resource creator for millions of readers. Want to collaborate? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.