20 Hacks to Help Students That Ignore the Sounds in Their Environment

Are you looking for hacks to help students that ignore sounds in their environment? If so, keep reading.

1. Inform the learner that instructions will only be given once and that you will not remind them to follow the instructions.

2. Provide simple, specific instructions as to what the learner is to do.

3. Talk regularly with the learner to help them pay attention to the source of the sound.

4. Get the learner to orally repeat directions, explanations, and instructions after they have been given to reinforce retention.

5. Get a peer, paraprofessional, friend, etc. to signal the learner when they need to keep attention. (e.g., the person can touch the learner on the arm when it is time to listen).

6. Get the learner’s hearing reviewed if it has not been reviewed recently.

7. Select a peer to model answering information from any place in the classroom for the learner.

8. Find the learner’s preferred learning style and use it continuously to increase the likelihood of comprehension and remaining on-task for longer periods.

9. Urge the learner to avoid ingesting any substance (e.g., drugs, alcohol, cold remedies, etc.) that might alter their capacity and ability to direct or keep attention.

10. Train the learner to ask people to repeat portions of a conversation they were unable to follow.

11. Train the learner to carry a notepad with them at all times and to write information down to help them remember.

12. Train the learner to listen for crucial information when being given instructions or receiving information from a distance (e.g., write down main points, ideas, step-by-step instructions, etc.).

13. Train the learner to keep attention to the source of information by keeping eye contact, keeping hands free from other learning materials, and reducing other distractions.

14. Train the learner to write down oral instructions and cross each one off as it is finished.

15. Let logical consequences happen due to the learner’s failure to follow oral instructions or pay attention to the information given in public places.

16. Get the learner to take notes when instructions are being given following the “What, How, Learning materials, and On occasions where” format.

17. Create rules for listening (e.g., listen to instructions, ask questions about instructions if they are not grasped, follow the instructions, etc.). These rules should be consistent and followed by everyone in the classroom. Talk about the rules often.

18. Provide consistency in the manner in which oral questions are asked and instructions are given.

19. Praise the learner for paying attention to the information presented from any place in the classroom: (a) give the learner a concrete reward (e.g., privileges such as leading the line, handing out learning materials, 10 minutes of free time, etc.) or (b) give the learner an informal reward (e.g., praise, handshake, smile, etc.).

20. Make sure that directions, explanations, or instructions are delivered loudly enough to be heard by the learner.

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