is a guide for the development and implementation of an auditory training curriculum. It was developed as a practical way for a parent, a therapist, or a teacher to understand the hierarchical skills used to teach a child to listen.
CATEGORIES: This progress monitoring tool has seven listening categories arranged in hierarchical order. Embedded in the categories are a total of 31 discrete skills that are also presented in hierarchical order:
- awareness and meaning of sounds
- auditory feedback and integration
- localizing sound source
- auditory discrimination
- auditory comprehension
- short-term auditory memory
- linguistic auditory processing
CONDITIONS: Each skills is considered in light of the complex listening situations that exist in the world around us. Each skill is measured in these dynamic listening conditions:
- auditory v. visual cues v. auditory stimulus alone
- close proximity v. far away
- quiet environment v. noisy situation
- with prompts v. to listen spontaneous responses
- closed set v. open set
- familiar words v. unfamiliar words
- words v. sentences
- active listening v. engagement in other activities
For accountability, this progress-monitoring tool includes a scoring paradigm. This allows the early interventionist, therapist, teacher and parents to quantify the improvements in listening that are made over time and, subsequently, to measure the effectiveness of the treatment plan. The profile identifies a child’s unique strengths and needs and is used to create goals for the child’s individualized program.
The adults who are implementing the auditory training curriculum develop the activities associated with each skill. In this way, the auditory learning curriculum is considerate of each child’s age, the environment, and the current listening skills. A dynamic auditory learning curriculum changes rapidly.