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Remedial School Comments on Audiblox

Mrs. A. Burger, Cape Town, South Africa:

Christiene Swanepoel and student

The Audiblox program was introduced to our school by Christiene Swanepoel. Our Junior School caters exclusively for pupils with specific learning disabilities. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and perceptual problems feature prominently in the profiles of our pupils.

The Grade 1 teachers feel that the Audiblox program has definite merits for the improvement of visual and auditory memory, sequencing, seeing patterns, and development of reasoning and logical skills.

The following observations were penned when I asked the teachers to report back on progress they noticed as a result of Audiblox:

"I have implemented Audiblox in my class on a regular basis for the past six months. I have seen how it has improved the children's ability to concentrate. Their auditory and visual perceptual skills have definitely improved and their recall of input is noticeably more accurate. I can wholeheartedly recommend the Audiblox program. Children can only benefit from the perceptual training it offers." (S. Moreland, Gr. 2)

"It is an extremely effective program for enhancing the training of many skills required in the learning process, eg: visual sequencing, visual memory, auditory memory, auditory sequential memory, eye-span movement, logical thinking and concentration/attention span. All the Audiblox exercises are easily integrated with the subjects and pupils seem to find transfer and generalisation natural." (J. Henry, Gr. 4)

Teachers in Gr. 5 and 6 report that pupils are very motivated to participate in the Audiblox sessions and concur with the findings of the Gr. 2 to 4 teachers. We believe that because our pupils often do not learn incidentally, direct instruction providing the opportunity to develop own cognitive strategies to cope with visual and auditory challenges and tasks is of great value to the pupils. In a fun way the pupils are discovering their own cognitive style to meet the demands of the task.

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