Sound and learning

Sound and learning

Sound and learning

Date posted: December 2, 2016

Did you know that the brain’s response to sound affects how you learn? The Auditory Neuroscience Lab at Northwestern University is able to predict which children are likely to struggle with reading by their brain’s response to sound at an early age, before they are actually reading.

The good news is that there are things you can do to create a sound environment that promotes learning. Here are some suggestions:

  • Reduce noise.
  • Read aloud.
  • Encourage children to play a musical instrument.
  • Listen to audiobooks and podcasts.
  • Support learning a second language.
  • Avoid white noise machines.
  • Use technology to build sound-to-meaning connections.

To learn more about these suggestions and why they help, read What Types of Sound Experiences Enable Children to Learn Best?

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