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Fire Station Listening




What is it:

Test your child’s ability to listen to instructions before performing the appropriate action


Teaching Objectives:

  • To discriminate between items

  • To differentiate across various types of instructions

  • To sustain attention required to listen and act upon the instruction


How to use:

  • Assess your child’s knowledge of the different objects listed before giving instructions.

  • Give various types of instructions to the child. (E.g.,“Colour/Cross/Circle/Tick/Underline the object as stated by you)




Teaching Tips:

  • Ensure that the environment is free of potential distractors (sounds, toys, etc.) to optimise your child’s listening

  • Use hand over hand prompt to perform the action as instructed if child is unsure of what to do (E.g. Strokes needed to cross/tick/underline/circle an object)

  • If the child is having difficulties, start off with 1 or 2 instructions and ensure mastery before adding more instructions


Embed more learning opportunities:

  • Receptive language - Point to the firefighter

  • Expressive Language - What is this?

  • Read to your child and ask questions along the way to assess your child’s state of attention and listening


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-Specially created by Our Special Story-


Our Special Story provides home based 1-on-1 ABA Therapy, group programs at our centre at Sims Avenue, and school shadowing for children with autism spectrum disorder, speech delay and other special needs. ABA Therapy can help to improve behaviours, attention, speech and communication, school readiness and social skills.


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