Stu­dents get a clear mes­sage

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page -

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 and con­fi­dence.

“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.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Head of St Stephen's Pri­mary School Dr Dar­nelle Pre­to­rius and teacher San­dra Cor­co­ran with Year 2 stu­dents Raahul Shah, Jas­mine Gill, Ivy Ge­orge, Jack­son Proc­tor and Zackary Caruso.­mu­ni­ d465275

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