I heard a second grader being taught about “Whole Body Listening” in school. It's the idea that you should use your entire body to listen. This includes:*
*For a more detailed explanation of "Whole Body Listening" check out Socialthinking - Free Articles & Strategies. That's where I got this list.
The concept is taught to grade school children in order to help them better pay attention and listen to their teacher. It also serves as a refocusing tool for the teacher. Often, the teacher would say, “Whole body listening, please!” as a gentle reminder to children who are fidgety or not immediately following directions. It works, too! Children who get that reminder usually adjust their behavior quickly to comply, as near as they can, to the teacher's expectations.
But what about the adults?
Adults who teach whole body listening give very clear instructions on how they want children to pay attention and behave. But are they practicing whole body listening when the children speak? Do they focus their brains, make eye contact, and wait for the child to finish before formulating a response?
In other words, are adults practicing what they preach?
I can think of several adults who pay attention to children, and honestly try to communicate with them. But I also know of a few who don't. If you are someone who doesn't, I encourage you to try. We can learn a lot about what a child's going through if we listen to them with our whole body.
And we might be surprised at what we discover.
Do you practice “whole body listening”, even if this is the first time you've heard of it? Do you think it's an effective tool for communication? Let me know in the comments!
This post is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Each day in April (except Sundays) bloggers post a new post relating to a letter of the alphabet. You are on Letter L in my 2021 collection.
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