It contained something I was really looking forward to,
somthing that could only come from a Super Duper Store.
Isn’t is marvelous?
HearBuilder Following Directions CD ROM
Created by by Susie S Loraine, M.A., CCC-SLP and
Mark Strait, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
This fun and intereactive software will teach your child to
follow increasingly difficult directions using 40 basic concepts in five areas:
Quantitative & Spatial Directions
Before recieveing this product to review,
I had never heard of such a product!
(You can be sure that I would have ordered it much sooner if I had)
You see I have one particular child who can really take advantage of this program.
Getting real for a moment here:
I have a boy that struggles so badly with listening
that I literally had his hearing checked.
Long story short:
He hears fine.
He just listens poorly.
You can imagine the problems this creates with three other children and a homeschool agenda.
So, I was almost giddy tearing open the package, and loading up the game.
This little child also LOVES his computer time,
so this was akin to giving him candy and ice cream for breakfast.
He kept saying, “Thanks Mom!” over and over through out the lesson.
(yes, he was talking during his lesson….hence the need for the software)
The main goal of the game is to build toys.
But you can’t build toys without tools.
And you have to earn your tools baby.
You earn a tool by listening to the directions and acting them out correctly.
Directions are based on the five concept areas I listed above.
To begin with he was told, “Click on the small boat under the car”
As the game progressed, the directions became increasingly harder;
“First, set the size to small. Second, set the temperature to hot.
Third, set the shape to square. Then, set the color to blue, and press start.”
You cannot start following the directions until all of the directions have been said.
The boy HAD TO STOP TALKING in order to get them correct.
He struggled at this point. He was not happy to get the questions wrong.
But instead of reverting to frustration, he became all the more determined
to earn his tool.
He went silent and really focused.
(I knew he had it in him)
The incentive to listen was great enough to override all the other
distractions going through his 6 year old ADHD brain.
And I hovered over him the entire time, congratulating him with each success.
After his lesson time was over he literally beamed with pride
at accomplishing something he knew was difficult for him.
And also, because his worn out mother has so often
“You need to listen dear boy” and here he was being rewarded for such
a good job listening.
-My favorite part about his program is that the directions are auditory.
I feel my son needs the most work in this area and that progress will help our homeschool experience immensely.
-Can be used with multiple children, up to four and game progress is saved.
-Classroom size program is also available. (also compatible with SMARTBoard)
-No subscription, you get an actual CD-Rom that you can keep forever.
Here are some other features that you as the parent can set:
-Set levels of difficulty for each activity
-Identify and print learning objectives for all levels
-Add background noise at any level (obviously unneeded in our house…snicker)
-Monitor progress and track data for an unlimited number of students
-Track all relevant data
-Customize and print reports
Here is a wonderful video
that explains the software in much more detail.
HearBuilder Following Directions Home Edition retails for $69.95
You can purchase this software from Super Duper Publications You can save 30% by using the code BLGFD30 before August 31st.
Super Duper Publications has HUGE selection of educational resources,
if you’re shopping for next year you want to check them out!
They offer free shipping to USA and Canada on $20+ orders
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Disclaimer: As a member of TOS Crew I received free product in return for an honest review.
Read what other TOS Crew Members thought of HearBuilder here.