By Virtual Speech Center Inc.
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****I absolutely love this app. It works for so many of my auditory comprehension and auditory processing students! This app has the ability to add background noise with a sliding volume lever! My students enjoy the basketball reward offered at short intervals which is very motivating. (Jasmine S. SLP)****
Auditory Workout was created by a certified speech and language pathologist for students ages 4–10 who exhibit auditory processing disorders or other related disorders (e.g., receptive language disorder or autism).
Auditory Workout is research-based and focuses on improving auditory attention and memory and auditory processing of verbal directions.
This engaging, colorful app includes hundreds of audio instructions and the feature that allows users to set background noise (classroom noise). Children are welcomed by the basketball coach, who encourages them to work hard. Children earn a basketball for each correct response, and when they accumulate enough balls, they are rewarded with a game (a game of catch for younger children or/and basketball for older children).
Auditory Workout allows children to follow increasingly longer and more complex directions and includes more than 13 levels of difficulty. The directions are divided into four categories:
- Basic Directions
- Quantitative and Spatial directions
- Temporal directions
- Conditional Directions
Auditory Workout is easy to navigate and allows users to employ several tools, enabling them to perform the following tasks:
- Enter multiple students
- Configure the app in the settings to automatically progress to the next question or use the "Next" button to control the paging
- Select levels of difficulty
- Select auto-scoring
- Select alternate counts for multiple students
- Enable or disable background noise feature
- Enable or disable rewards, the basketball, and/or the games
- Enable or disable feedback sounds
- Track correct and incorrect responses
- E-mail results at the end of the game
Auditory Processing Disorder refers to the inability or the decreased ability to interpret sounds, words, or sentences.
Individuals with this condition hear the sounds and the words, but the auditory nervous system does not process them.
Individuals with Auditory Processing Disorder may exhibit the following symptoms:
- Difficulty remembering what was said
- Difficulty following directions
- Difficulty listening in noisy environments
- Easily distracted
- Delayed response to questions
- Inappropriate responses to questions
- Difficulty increasing vocabulary size
- Difficulty learning new information
- Poor academic performance
- Behavioral issues and low self-esteem (Chermak, G.D. 1998)
Treatment of Auditory Processing Disorder
Much research is still needed to understand auditory processing problems and treatment techniques; however, many studies have shown that frequent, challenging, and intense auditory training that targets the specific auditory deficit or deficits present is likely to improve auditory processing. Given our current understanding of language disorders and central auditory processing, techniques that facilitate language competence are likely to improve the auditory processing of language and vice versa (Bellis, 2009).
Auditory Workout implements the above theory as it offers a systematic and intense auditory comprehension program, challenging children’s auditory nervous systems by providing children with opportunities to follow instructions that gradually increase in length, and opportunities to follow increasingly complex verbal directions.
Chermak, G.D. 1998. “Managing central auditory processing—
disorders: Metalinguistic and metacognitive approaches.” Seminars in Hearing 19: 379–392.
Bellis, T.J. 2009. “Developing deficit-specific intervention plans for individuals with auditory processing disorders.” Seminars in Hearing 23: 287–295.
What's New in Version 2.0
Improved basketball game.
It Has It All & Is Research Based!
I love that this application works on multiple goals and you can use it with multiple clients at a time with data collection. Sometimes, with all that it features, it can get a bit overwhelming. That can be a blessing or a curse depending on how much time you spend prior to a session setting it up. I always spend a lot of time researching and trialing an application prior to using it with a client, so it gets easier the more you use it. What I love about this application is that it works on following different types of directions and gets progressively more difficult by adding additional concepts. In addition, you can add background noise.
One thing I really like that changed from the last version is that there are now two different reward games that a user can play! I would probably play either game with older or younger students. There are also more settings, but I still am not sure why there is an option to enable/disable audio since this is an auditory-specific application.
Good, could be Great with one improvement
As a Speech Pathologist working with school age children I find this app very useful; however, I need better descriptions of each level in the report section. Most of my students make errors based on the language used in the directions, therefore, I would like to have the vocabulary targeted at each level described in the report section along with their percentage correct. For example, tell me if the level is teaching before/after or above/below/next to.
I love the app, but it could be even better. Thank you for your consideration!
Go To App for Auditory Processing
As an SLP I keep a folder containing Language Processing apps and this is one of my 'Go To' apps for both younger students (one step direction with location concepts) and even upper elementary autistic students. Use it to teach retrieval strategies, e.g.self-repeat key elements in direction, chunking, etc. I like the fact that 'before/after' concepts are placed in different parts of the directions. Definitely recommend this to SLPs.
- Category: Education
- Updated: May 22, 2014
- Version: 2.0
- Size: 91.3 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Virtual Speech Center Inc.
- © 2012 Virtual Speech Center Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.