Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Super Duper Publications: Hear Builder Auditory Memory

Super Duper Publications was founded in 1986 by Sharon and Thomas Webber.  When the Webber's began they only had two products and two types of stickers.  Both began developing therapy materials that were easy to use.  Today they provide hundreds of creative educational materials for use with special  needs children.

One of the many programs developed by the Webber's is the Hearbuilder Educational Software series.  The series of four programs help to improve auditory listening and memory skills.  The multiple levels in the programs provide specific learning objectives, while remaining fun and engaging to children.

Hearbuilder Auditory Memory Software Program is one of the four programs in the series.  This program teaches key strategies for remembering numbers, words, sentences, stories and more.  It also provides 5 listening activities like memory for words, numbers, details, WH information and auditory closure.  Each of the multi-level tasks takes the student on the mission with Recall Agents Kim and Joey to save MemoryTown and defeat Dr. Forgetsit.

This program is created to be used with 1-4 children in grades K-8.  A parent/teacher is able to monitor a students progress and create printable progress reports for the student to record progress or share where necessary.  The interactive program allows a parent/teacher to set the program to different levels depending upon the child's needs.  Background noise is also able to be turned on and off depending on the students needs and to help the student develop skills as practice for distracting situations.

Hearbuilder Auditory Memory Software is also compatible with SMART board.  The PC version of this software, which I have reviewed is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, Vista and 7.  An Intel Pentium IV or an equal processor is required to run this program.

I used this program with each of my children specializing each to their personal needs.  All three enjoyed working through the game levels of this program, advancing at their own paces as they worked through it.  This was exceptionally good for my youngest who has auditory processing issues with her speech processing.  Even at age 4, she was able to participate, follow along and learn at her own pace without feeling rushed or like the program was too much for her.

Hearbuilder Auditory Memory Software is available on the Super Duper Publications website for $69.95 for the Home Edition or for $149.95 for the Professional Edition.  For more reviews of this software program, please visit the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog!

*Disclaimer - This program was provided to me from Super Duper Publications and the TOS Schoolhouse Review Crew for free in exchange for my personal opinion of the program in a blog post.

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