Greenville, SC, July 14, 2011 – HearBuilder® Phonological Awareness – Sound Awareness for Reading is an evidence-based software program from educational publisher Super Duper® Publications designed to build pre-reading and reading skills in children ages 4-11. Over the past 18 months, HearBuilder® Phonological Awareness has been nationally recognized by a number of prestigious organizations, as it has received The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval, Tech and Learning Award of Excellence, Family Choice Award and Parents’ Choice Award. http://www.hearbuilder.com/phonologicalAwareness/awards.aspx
Thomas Webber, Super Duper® Chairman/CEO, indicates HearBuilder® Phonological Awareness goes even further than Earobics® and Fast Forward® to help children learn to identify sounds, syllables, and words as they improve their ability to read.
The program targets nine essential areas of phonological awareness in a game-like format that allows students to earn musical instruments and form a nine-person rock band called The Phonemix. A Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada study found students with and without IEPs achieved statistically significant gains in phonological awareness skills after using the HearBuilder® Phonological Awareness program. http://www.hearbuilder.com/phonologicalAwareness/research.aspx
Phonological awareness is widely recognized as a skill all good readers must have. In its major “Report of the National Reading Panel: Teaching Children to Read,” The National Reading Panel concluded that teaching phonological awareness as part of a complete reading program significantly improves students’ reading and spelling abilities. All states have curriculum-based early reading standards. HearBuilder® Phonological Awareness is structured to help students meet these standards.
Donna Geffner, Ph.D., CCC-SP/A, Director of the Speech and Hearing Center at St. John’s University, counts HearBuilder® among her favorite programs. “My clients love to work on it—particularly for the reward games, which are delightful.” She added, “[HearBuilder® has] managed to capture the interest and attention of clients for whom maintaining attention is difficult.”
HearBuilder® Phonological Awareness has a number of exceptional features, including allowing the educator to set learning objectives, monitor student progress, establish difficulty levels, add background noise, track data, and print multiple reports.
Super Duper® editors Mark Strait and Susie Loraine, both master’s-level speech-language pathologists, and software developer Christopher Jones, created HearBuilder® Phonological Awareness. The Professional Edition is primarily for teachers, reading specialists, special educators and speech-language pathologists. The Home Edition allows children to reinforce their skills at home.
HearBuilder® Phonological Awareness is one of four HearBuilder® software programs. The others are HearBuilder® Following Directions with 40 Basic Concepts; HearBuilder® Sequencing with 2-6 Step Sequences; and the newly released HearBuilder® Auditory Memory – Strategic Memory Training for Listening.
For more information on the HearBuilder® series, visit www.hearbuilder.com. To learn more about Super Duper® Publications and see their full line of educational materials, visit www.superduperinc.com.
About Super Duper®
Super Duper Publications was started in 1986 by Sharon Webber, a Speech-Language Pathologist, and Thomas Webber, an attorney. The company specializes in fun educational materials for children with special needs and those with articulation and language delays. The company’s website offers a wide variety of products for teachers, therapy professionals, and parents to use with children in the classroom, in a therapy setting, or at home. For more information and research data for all HearBuilder Software, visit www.hearbuilder.com. To see the full line of Super Duper products, visit www.superduperinc.com.
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