Last updateMon, 28 Jan 2013 9pm

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Are you ready to listen?
No not to just the bits that your wing mirrors pick up, the odd word here and there, but the whole transmission.

How many times have you been watching the national news on the TV and even though you appear to be deeply concentrating and doing all the right things to give the impression that you are glued, all of a sudden it's the review of the headlines and you’d completely missed the story about a disaster that wiped out a whole country.

Getting half the story and in the wrong order obviously lands us in a heap of trouble. Use the editor programme again, ask people to highlight the most important.

Another problem we have sometimes when we’re trying to listen is that we can’t really listen and write notes, and people don’t really understand that about us. Listen and listen good - jelibeans find it almost impossible to do two things at once, or to shift our attention between two things, rapidly. In fact, we sometimes find it easier to listen if we shut our eyes. And if we’ve got our eyes closed, we can’t take notes, can we – DOH! Teachers sometimes find it hard to get their head round this funny little habit of ours.

Another little jelibean quirk that other people don’t understand is that some of us aren’t too keen on eye contact. I’m fine with it, and most jellyjennies aren’t too bad with this one, but boys can sometimes find it hard to look at someone and listen. So please remember if your little jelibean doesn’t look at you when you’re talking, it may be because he’s just trying to listen, and he can’t do that if he has to make eye contact, too.

Listening can be a real problem for us, but we really do want to learn how to do it.

This is where radio is really useful. If we sit our jelibeans down from when they’re quite young and turn on the radio, if there’s a talking programme that’s at their level, they can learn to listen. We can also read out loud to them, or play them audio books or rhymes. TV isn’t always he best way for a jellibean brain to learn. The moving pictures can distract us from listening. We can also learn to listen by playing Chinese whispering games, where you have to tell the next person to you something that someone else has just whispered in our ear. This is a great one for the giggle therapy, too!