Central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) is the inability or decreased ability to interpret sounds, words or sentences. Individuals with CAPD can hear, but their auditory nervous system fails to process what is heard and as a result, they may:
- Have difficulty remembering what was said, following directions, learning new information, building their vocabulary or listening in noisy environments.
- Be easily distracted.
- Answer questions inappropriately or have a delayed response.
- Experience poor academic performance, behavioral issues or low self-esteem.
Virtual Speech Center’s app Auditory Processing Studio, available for download on the App Store for $29.99, was created by a certified speech and language pathologist for adults and children aged 7 and above who exhibit CAPD or related disorders. This research-based app implements a bottom-top approach, a modality highly recommended by treatment experts.
Auditory Processing Studio is easy to navigate and provides helpful tools that enable the user to:
- Enter multiple students.
- Change settings.
- Select various levels of difficulty.
- Select auto scoring.
- Enable or disable child-oriented reward system, as well as feedback sounds.
- Track correct and incorrect responses.
- Email results.
More Than 2,400 Stimuli
Auditory Processing Studio features colorful, engaging graphics – for starters, it looks like a music recording studio. Children are welcomed by a friend named Andrew who encourages them to work hard. They earn an instrument for each correct response and when they accumulate enough, they’re rewarded with a studio of their own.
The app includes 2,450 stimuli in the following activities:
- Auditory discrimination: 16 levels of difficulty.
- Auditory closure: 17 levels of difficulty.
- Phonological awareness: 16 levels of difficulty.
Each activity level contains 50 trials and all can be practiced in the presence of competing noise.
Using the App
When you open Auditory Processing Studio, there are four buttons on the Home screen:
- Reports: This is where you can access data, which the app automatically collects from your sessions. You have the options of printing or emailing this information.
- Settings: You can customize settings to your needs. This includes everything from alternating between multiple users and randomizing items rather than using predictable sequences to selecting or adjusting the volume of background noise.
- Start: Here’s where you add and/or select students. Then, you select your preferred activity.
- Game Play: Now that you’ve configured your settings, entered your students and chosen targeted activities, it’s time to play. You can record responses, play them back and repeat instructions, as well as track accuracy.
Praise from the Pros
Numerous experts agree that if you have students with auditory processing disorders, Auditory Processing Studio will be a valuable addition to your therapy toolkit. Here’s what some recent reviewers had to say:
- “Want to get down making some beats with Andrew from Virtual Speech Center? Then the reward game of this application is something that you and your students will enjoy … I found it to be perfect for students who have difficulty following directions, remembering what people said, have delayed responses and difficulty listening in noisy environments.”
- “The inclusion of phonological awareness activities make this app appealing to not only SLPs, but also reading specialists and special education teachers.”
To learn more about this and other resources to enhance your school-based therapy career, contact the expert team at Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services today.
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