By Bernard Galea, student of the Master in Clinical Audiology and Hearing Therapy

Abstract

Ability of reading and writing in children is an important factor in good academic performance. Academicachievement is a part of children, as they grow older. Ability to comprehend, interpret from books and different educational materials will give new ideas and information, which will help them to think and learn to live a better life.

Nowadays learning disability is wide spreading to interrupt the academic performance in children.
The main purpose of this study is to develop and validate a screening instrument for measuring various aspects of auditory and visual perceptual skills in school attending children up to 8 years old. The test mainly focused on to find out any features that can lead to this problem as early as possible so that the intervention can be provided to children as early as possible. In this test, sounds,letters,words, numbers which often cause difficulties in a learning-disabled condition which have been previously identified by different researchers.

This test consists of six different auditory tasks to assess auditory perception skills and five different visual tasks to assess visual perception skills. These two sensory skills play a vital role in the development of children phonological awareness and academic skills like reading, memory and attention. The study group was made of 20 eight years old children, including 10 males and 10 females, whose first language was not English, group that was used as normative data. Results showed good test reliability butthere are some limitations factors like specified age group selection; no native English speakers for testing, reduced amount of sample selection were present.

Download the full research study here: Bernard Galea (2021). Objective Gain vs Subjective Benefit in Patients with Bone Anchored Hearing Aids. SAERA

 

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