Listening and the Brain
As we all know the right side of our brain controls the left side of our body and the left side of the brain controls the right side. This is true for every part of our body with the exception of one—our ears! The right side of the brain controls the right ear and the left side controls the left ear.
This is important because on the left side of your brain we will find the Wernicke and Broca areas. Wernicke is located almost below the ear and is responsible for language comprehension. The Broca area, located above the ear, is responsible for communicating. (FYI: In between those two areas is the sensory portion of the brain.)
The importance of this information is to talk into a child’s left ear. The reason being when you speak into their left ear it goes directly into the Wernicke area (comprehension) and you’ll have a better chance of a child hearing what you said.
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Ernie is an early childhood specialist with Masters' Degrees in Early Childhood and Special Education. He is a national speaker and likes to talk about getting out of power struggles with young children, sensory integration issues, and classroom management. For more information about Ernie, please visit www.iwant2learn.com