You have the options of printing the information (if your iPad has AirPrint capabilities) or emailing the information. I tend to email reports to myself and print from the email.
- User Alternate Count: This option is for alternating between multiple users.
- Enable Audio: I'm not sure why you would not want to use audio on an app targeting auditory processing, but regardless, you do have the option of turning audio off.
- Show Instructions: With this option, you can have written instructions included.
- Automatic Paging: Selecting this option will move you forward to the next item after a response is given.
- Random Paging: This option will give you randomized items rather than a predictable sequence.
- Enable Reward: You can turn the reinforcement on/off
- Award Counter: You can customize how many correct responses a student needs to get before they earn the reward.
- Enable Background Noise: You can turn on background noise (generally white noise) to target figure/ground.
- Background Noise Volume: This adjusts the volume of background noise should you choose to include it.
- Background Noise: Here you can select one of five options for background noise (basic white noise, beach sounds, birds chirping, etc.).
Once you "start," you will add/select students. You can select more than one student per session.
Once you select students and tap "next," you must select activity(s). There are three main activity categories. They are...
1. Auditory Discrimination. This category has 16 levels with activities like "Picture identification of minimal pairs - initial consonants," "Same vs. different minimal pairs - final position of words," "Identifying presence of specific initial sounds in words in yes/no format," and "Identifying nonsense words in sentences."
2. Phonological Awareness. This category has 16 different levels with activities targeting "Identifying presence of rhyme in yes/no format," "Identifying multiple words that rhyme with a target word," "Blending of syllables," "Identifying number of syllables in a word," and "Orally identifying each phoneme in a target word."
3. Auditory Closure. This category has 17 different levels, including: "Generating missing words at the end of sentences - popular songs, nursery rhymes," "Generating missing objects in the middle of sentences," "Generating missing final syllables in single words," "Generating missing final phonemes in single words," and "Generating missing initial phonemes in words embedded in sentences."
Now that you have configured your settings, entered your students, and chosen your target activities, it's time to play! Once you start, you will be shown a little clip by a guy named "Andrew," who will provide verbal instructions to your students. (You can choose to skip this intro if you want).
Here's a sample screen from Auditory Closure Level 1: Generating missing words at the end of sentences - popular songs, nursery rhymes:
Example of item with visual cues:
In this sample screen from Auditory Discrimination - Same vs. different consonant minimal pairs - initial consonants, you can see that, for some of the activities, the student is required to tap the screen to respond. For these activities, accuracy is automatically tallied.
Notice the drums below the recording buttons? These indicate progress toward reinforcement (if you chose to include this option). For this session, I opted to have the student participate in the reinforcement activity after 5 correct responses. What's the reinforcement? They get to participate in the recording studio by playing instruments!
- This app is very comprehensive in targeting Auditory Processing Disorders. With three main categories and 16-17 levels within each, you could use this app for months without repeating activities! In addition, because of the number and variety of activities, you are likely to find some activities that are challenging for your students and others with which your students will experience success. Being successful is highly motivating for many students!
- The inclusion of Phonological Awareness activities makes this app appealing to not only SLPs, but also Reading Specialists and Special Education teachers.
- Auditory Processing Studio is EVIDENCE-BASED!
- The ability to adjust/remove reinforcement. Students respond differently to reinforcement and it's great to have the option to increase the frequency or even to remove all together!
- Data collection and reporting.
- The ability to add background noise makes tasks more challenging, and more like real-life situations.
- Some of the "popular" songs and nursery rhymes were unfamiliar to some of my students ("Mary, Mary Quite Contrary" comes to mind). Because of this, I didn't necessarily want to mark them as incorrect when they had no prior knowledge.
- One of my 7-year old students with auditory processing delays experienced a good deal frustration because he was used to having more visual stimuli, especially from iPad applications. Because of this, he kept asking to end the activity and move along to others. Although I understand why little visual input is provided, clinicians should be aware that younger students may get frustrated by this.
The Bottom Line:
Auditory Processing Studio is a great app for targeting CAPD and other Auditory Processing Disorders. With this app, you can target auditory discrimination, auditory closure, and phonological awareness. If you have students with CAPD or auditory processing disorders, you will definitely want to check out this app!
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