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Talk and Play, Everyday!: The “Knock Knock Box”

February 17th, 2009 by | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

From time to time, I’d like to post some of my lesson plans for listening and spoken language activities.  For those of you with D/HH children, I’d love for you to try them out and give me your feedback on how they work.  For those of you who are new to AVT/Oral Deaf Education, I hope that these activities will help to give you a better understanding of what this approach is all about! (NOTE: I am a student, not yet a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist/ Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist©.  These ideas are not a substitute for professional services.)


What is this?  Only one of the greatest therapy tools ever!  It’s a “Knock Knock Box”!  One of the axioms of AVT is “Hear it before you see it.”  In other words, have the child focus on audition (hearing) first, before giving them a visual cue.  That’s where the Knock Knock Box comes in.  You can use a Knock Knock Box in many different ways.  


For very young children, you can hide a toy representing one of the Learning to Listen sounds inside the box.  Make the sound associated with the object a few times, then let the child reach inside the box and pull out the toy.  In that way, you get those little neurons in their brain firing away, creating synapses for the AUDITORY input before they make the sound-object association.  


For an older child, you can put an object in the box and give them clues that describe it and have them guess several times before allowing them to reach in the box and find out what you have hidden inside.


These are just a few suggestions.  Really, there are no rules with the Knock Knock Box — the possibilities are endless.  I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about reaching in a box and pulling out a surprise that is universally appealing — to children young and old alike!


Knock Knock Boxes are sold by various education and therapy supply companies, but my beautiful Knock Knock Box was a homemade gift from one of the terrific AVTs at The Hearing School.  She made it out of a 13″x7″x7″ box from The Container Store.  She cut holes on either side that are about the size of a coaster or lip of a drinking glass using an Exacto knife, and taped the sides with some packing tape (cute, fancy packing tape, but this isn’t necessary!).  She made these for every parent-child pair in our Baby Talk class, and let the children decorate them with crayons.  I haven’t decorated mine yet… still thinking up the perfect design idea for that one!


Here’s another view:


Knock, knock!

Who’s there?

Language and listening, that’s who!


Happy Hearing!



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Elizabeth Rosenzweig MS CCC-SLP LSLS Cert. AVT is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist. She provides auditory verbal therapy, aural rehabilitation, IEP advocacy, consultation, and LSLS mentoring for clients around the world via teletherapy. You can learn more about Elizabeth's services on her Website or Facebook.


June 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm

great tool Elizabeth! Thanks for sharing. We miss working with you very much! I will use the knock knock box at home with Jake. Can you believe he is now 5? going into kindergarden in the fall.. We miss you! keep us the awesome work you are doing!


June 3, 2011 at 1:03 am

Hi, Lisa. Thank you for the kind words! I think about HSSW often, and the time I spent there will always be among my fondest memories. I am so glad to hear an update about Jake. Please give him a big hug from me! –EAB