The Moore American

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November 7, 2012

Help youngsters stay healthy and stay in school



Question: My son insists on listening to music while doing his homework. We have had words over this several different times. We decided to leave this up to you … is this acceptable or should he turn it off?

— Jeff, Norman

Dear Jeff,

Depending on what learning style your son is most successful with, many auditory learners do best with background noise to keep them focused and on task. Where it would drive a kinesthetic learner absolutely crazy, auditory learners are not bothered by it. Some ways to tell if your son is an auditory learner are: do his lips move when he is reading … does he know the words to songs after only hearing them once or twice … does he have excellent recall on past conversations?

You didn’t mention his grades.

Does listening to music result in bad grades? You should Google learning styles. There’s great information on the internet about how to help children with the various learning styles succeed.

Sally Phillips and Jeannie DeLancey are certified school counselors with 49 years combined educational experience. Jeannie has two children and Sally has three. The responses presented don’t necessarily reflect the views of any certain school district. Send questions to or mail them to Class Act, The Norman Transcript, P.O. Drawer 1058, Norman, 73070.

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