Computer Software for Developing Spoken Language Skills
This list includes a selection of the resources that the Cochlear Implant Education Center has found useful when working with students and families in our demonstration schools. This does not represent a complete list of the many resources that may be available. The absence of a resource on this list does not indicate that we do not support it; it may never have come our way. We are always in the process of trying out new things.
Earobics (Step 1, Step 2, Adolescent/Adult version)
Available through: Technology for Education, 1870 East 50th Street, Suite 7, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077, 651-457-1917, http://www.tfeinc.com, or Super Duper Publications, Dept. SD 2002, PO Box 24997, Greenville, SC 29616-2497, http://www.superduperinc.com
The Earobics activities include colorful, interactive games to train listening skills. The games provide immediate feedback and are motivational. Step 1 provides six games focused on a range of fundamental listening and sound awareness skills. The games can be modified to work on beginning, intermediate, or advanced tasks. Step 2 provides more advanced listening activities to address phonics and language skill development. There are clinical and home versions of the software. The clinical versions provide greater flexibility in modifying activities.
Exploring First Words (I and II)
Available through: Laureate Learning Systems, Special Needs Software, 110 East Spring Street, Winooski, VT 05404-1898, 800-562-6801, http://www.laureatelearning.com/
Exploring First Words provides activities to promote basic vocabulary development. The program is designed to give the instructor control over the content and presentation of the lesson. Levels I and II are similar in difficulty, varying only in the content of the vocabulary addressed. They each provide opportunities for students to listen for vocabulary associated with ten categories, including animals, body parts, clothing, common objects, food, household items, outside things, toys, utensils, and vehicles.
The Great Action Adventure
Available through: Silver Lining Media at http://www.silverliningmm.com/
The Great Action Adventure is a software program designed to teach more than 100 verbs through listening and sign language. The program provides the opportunity to listen to a word and then see the associated sign via a brief video clip. Appropriate for ages 2 and up.
Locu-Tour Literacy CD-Rom: Phonemic Awareness (pre-kindergarten to adult)
Available through: Super Duper Publications, Dept. SD 2002, PO Box 24997, Greenville, SC 29616-2497, http://www.superduperinc.com, or Technology for Education, 1870 East 50th Street, Suite 7, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077, 651-457-1917, http://www.tfeinc.com
Software includes seven activities to develop letter identification, word identification, lipreading, spelling, and memory for sounds The lipreading component is especially useful for deaf/hard of hearing students. Each activity includes options to modify the difficulty level. The software is easy to use and can be modified for a variety of ages and listening/phonemic levels. (See other LocoTour software including Phonology, Articulation, and Look, Listen, and Learn.)
Nouns and Sounds
Available through: Laureate Learning Systems, Special Needs Software, 110 East Spring Street, Winooski, VT 05404-1898, 800-562-6801, http://www.laureatelearning.com
Nouns and Sounds is an easy-to-use program that helps children discriminate and identify 100 environmental sounds. Users can select specific sounds and pictures to modify for individual listening levels. A variety of games is offered within the software. Photographs are used.
Otto's World of Sounds
Available through Oticon, Inc. 1-800-526-3921
Games revolving around listening for sounds in ten varied environments (i.e. house, kitchen, farm, beach, etc.) Each environment contains 10 different sounds common to that environment ( i.e. doorbell, telephone, blender, farm animals, waves). A variety of activities are offered for each environment to help students identify and remember these sounds. The activities are easy for students to navigate, and the sound quality for the varied sounds is very good.
Visual Voice Tools
Visual Voice ToolsTM is a collection of seven tools that help students and clients develop fine control of their voices. Beginning with simple sound awareness, students progress through multiple aspects of voice control. Students learn and practice fine control of pitch, loudness, voicing, and breath control for phonation. These games are appropriate for children of all ages. This software can also be used at home.
Seeing and Hearing Speech (lessons in lipreading and listening)
Available through Sensimetrics
Seeing and Hearing Speech: Lessons in Lipreading and Listening is a software program for established language users to train and practice lip-reading at their own pace and at home. This new interactive CD-ROM from Sensimetrics Corporation contains carefully planned lessons that help people combine what they see with what they hear to understand speech better.
Here We Go (Individualized rehabilitation workbook for teenagers)
Available through Cochlear Americas
This CD contains an easy to install program that allows the therapist to access rehabilitation exercises and generate an individualized rehabilitation workbook for the Nucleus recipient. The workbook is built around 24 different topical interests for older children and teenagers and 3 different auditory skill levels within each topic. It also contains additional topics like Active Listening, Telephone Training, Communication Strategies, and more. It can either be printed or emailed to the recipient it has been designed for.