5 Fun Sports for Kids With Listening Comprehension Issues

By Erica Patino

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Kids with listening comprehension issues may have trouble understanding what coaches or teammates are saying. But there are many sports that don’t require much coaching or listening. Here are some good options to consider.

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Kids with listening comprehension issues might get a good workout and have fun with a sport like cycling. Once they’ve learned how to ride a bike, there aren’t many verbal instructions to absorb and remember. It’s important to learn safety rules, but writing them down makes it easier. Same thing with mapping out a bike route to follow. When choosing the route, keep to a calm, quiet area where there aren’t a lot of loud noises or people shouting.

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Horseback Riding

Once kids master the basics of riding, they won’t have as many instructions to follow. At least not until they’re ready to learn new things. Horseback riding has many benefits. It can help improve balance and coordination, teach responsibility and build confidence. It offers a unique way to work on communication skills, too. Kids often communicate with their horse by touch instead of talk. And that makes the sport all the more enjoyable.

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Skating Sports

Kids with listening comprehension issues can have fun on wheels without having a lot of stress. And it’s a great way to enjoy sports without having to work with coaches or teammates. Skating requires balance and coordination, which kids can practice on their own and at their own pace. It doesn’t require much instruction unless they need help learning new moves. Skating can also be a group activity, so kids can socialize if they want to.

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Swimming and Other Individual Sports

Swimming can be a great sport for kids with listening skills issues. If they’re doing it just for fun, they won’t need much instruction. Even if they want to swim competitively, there’s not a lot of talking involved. They only have to listen to a coach or trainer, and not interact with a group of teammates. Most of time is spent in the water, focusing on their own performance. But if they’re on a team and want to socialize, the opportunity is there.

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Team Sports Your Child Really Wants to Try

Kids with listening comprehension issues might struggle with sports that involve complicated rules and a lot of coaching. Team sports like football and soccer require kids to listen for lots of changes in plays and direction. But if your child is very interested in a particular sport, it may be worth letting him try. When kids are passionate about something, they tend to be more motivated to work on it. Both you and your child may be surprised at how well he does!

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About the Author

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Erica Patino is an online writer and editor who specializes in health and wellness content.

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Elizabeth Harstad, M.D., M.P.H., is a developmental behavioral pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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