Friday, June 28, 2013

{Review} Processing Auditory Messages Exactly and Totally

Here is another great product from Great Ideas for Teaching to target direction following skills and auditory processing, called Processing Auditory Messages Exactly and Totally!

This resource is created for children who have mastered simple verbal directions and require more challenging material.  The directions are longer and the pictures are a bit more detailed than Building Auditory Direction Skills and Following Auditory Directions.  The activities require a student to hold information in their memory while scanning a picture to complete given tasks.

The book first discusses small-step goals for the student, which are:

1. To start listening as soon as the speaker starts speaking.
2. To listen to the entire direction.
3. To remember the direction while searching in a highly detailed picture.
4. To carry out the direction accurately.

These goals are important to discuss with students so that they know what skills they are working on and can be active participants and learners in therapy sessions.

The resource contains twenty different "stories" that each include a picture.

Each story also includes a level 1 instructor's worksheet that has simple directions, such as "circle the ladybug" or "color the saw red".

Level II directions are a bit longer and more challenging such as, "Find the chipmunk that is holding a mushroom upside down. Color that chipmunk brown." or "Circle an insect that has spots that look like spots on a mushroom."

What I love about this book:
- I often work with students who are at different levels.  With this book, I can easily use just one lesson to cover multiple ability levels.
- The book makes homework a snap!  It includes "materials needed" and "directions" so that homework helpers know exactly what to do!  (I love anything that reduces the amount of time I spend sending home homework!)
- The pictures that are used in this book really appeal to the early, middle, and upper elementary crowd.
- As with other products by Great Ideas for Teaching, this material also allows students to interact with the items on the pages, making the activity even more fun and hands-on!

You can find this fantastic direction following and auditory processing book for various levels for $29.50 HERE!

Disclaimer: This resource was given to me for review.  No other compensation was provided.

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