by Kevin Stuckey, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
HearBuilder® Online Software is an e-learning program for general and special
education students in PreK – 8th grades. HearBuilder® Online gives students access to
research-based, interactive programs via any computer or tablet with internet access,
enabling students to use the software in the classroom, media center, computer lab, and
at home. Each program offers multilevel activities with progress monitoring reports for
educators and administrators to track an individual student’s progress as well as usage
and progress across grades, subgroups, or schools.
There are four award-winning titles available: Following Directions, Phonological
Awareness, Auditory Memory, and Sequencing
HearBuilder® Following Directions (Grades PreK-3)
Verbal directions are a part of everyday life. Appropriate behavior, social
interaction, and academic success are dependent on the ability to understand and carry
out verbal directions. With HearBuilder® Following Directions, students learn 40 basic
concepts that are frequently embedded in verbal directions and practice understanding
five different types of directions. These include Basic, Sequential, Quantitative & Spatial,
Temporal, and Conditional directions.
HearBuilder® Phonological Awareness (Grades PreK-5)
Children must be aware of sounds in language to read and spell. HearBuilder®
Phonological Awareness targets nine phonological awareness skills that are important
for listening and reading.
- Stage One: Students practice foundational phonological awareness activities like sentence segmentation, syllable blending, and syllable segmentation.
- Stage Two: Students move to more challenging activities such as rhyming, phoneme blending, phoneme segmentation and phoneme identification.
- Stage Three: Students practice more difficult phonemic awareness tasks including phoneme deletion, phoneme addition, and phoneme manipulation.
HearBuilder® Auditory Memory (Grades K-8)
HearBuilder® Auditory Memory teaches students strategies to remember orallypresented
information including numbers, words, details, and WH information.
What is Auditory Memory? Auditory memory is the ability to take in information
that is presented orally, process it, retain it in one’s mind, and then recall it. Auditory
memory requires working memory and also involves the skills of attending, listening,
processing, storing, and recalling.
Why is it important? In the classroom, memory is taxed heavily by everyday
activities such as remembering multi-step directions, relating new information to
prior knowledge, oral language comprehension, taking notes while listening, verbal
fluid reasoning, written expression, and oral expression. There is a strong relationship
between working memory and overall learning; school-age children’s performance
on working memory measures has been highly correlated with various intelligence
and achievement measures – including spoken-language comprehension, reading
recognition, and comprehension.
HearBuilder® Sequencing (Grades K-6)
HearBuilder® Sequencing teaches students to put steps of an event/story into
logical order, targeting 2-6 step sequences.
Why Sequencing? Sequencing is necessary for understanding and telling
narratives, problem solving, reading comprehension, performing daily routines,
interacting appropriately with others, and achieving academic success. Sequencing
activities that include manipulation of pictures, words, and sentences help build
important literacy skills such as reading left-to-right, understanding details, making
predictions, and identifying parts of a story.