THE reaction of a Year 3 student to a classroom audio system made Darnelle Pretorius realise the impact technology can have for children with auditory processing problems.
“When that student said ‘wow, I can really hear you’ and asked what was different, I realised the potential for Hear and Learn’s audio system across our school,” the St Stephen’s School Carramar head of primary said.
For children with auditory processing issues, clear and individualised instruction was vital.
“Without it, and in a busy classroom setting full of enthusiastic students and lots of activity, they can become confused,” Ms Pretorius said.
“We want to support students who might be struggling with these problems and provide them with a calm, inclusive learning environment.”
To facilitate this, the school has introduced Hear and Learn’s RedCAT system to help children receive a clear and enhanced delivery of the teacher’s voice.
The units can be switched on or off as needed and work by reducing background noise.
Pre-primary teacher Sandra Corcoran said the system also gave the students independence.
“The children become proficient in monitoring the use of the system and making sure it is recharged correctly,” she said.
“It’s a novelty to start with, but the responsibility of charging the units and looking after and having them ready to use helps them develop positive social skills and is a real confidence booster for some of our quieter students.
“Our RedCAT system makes it possible for children who are hesitant or shy or a child with a speech impediment to be clearly understood by their peers and classmates,” she said.
She said the system also provided confidence in students when it came to public speaking.