Just like visual clutter sound can be really distracting so here are some tips on making an environment successful for learners who have difficulties processing sound.
- Try to cut down echo in the classroom because although you may not think that you don’t have echo you may be surprised. So move around your room and find out.
- Create small sound spaces where learners can hear the sound they need to hear. Sitting in corners, near a wall or next to a divider can help learner’s to localise sound.
- Listen for sound clutter. The wrong sounds in the wrong place can be very distracting. Move learners away from the noisy wall to the next classroom or corridor. Sound clutter can be just as distracting as visual clutter.
- Make sure learners with hearing loss or autism can see what you are doing, describing or demonstrating. Then if some of the sound is missed the visual sense will reinforce the information.
- Don’t shout, talk slowly or constantly ask if somebody has heard what they were supposed to hear. We hear best when there is a natural flow in a voice and sentence if you break up your speech the verbal information will be a little like watching a film which stops every 5 seconds for a short break.