Addie Cusimano, the author, has passed away.
Developing attention span is like developing muscle strength; use it or loose it. Much instruction is delivered with great graphics and quick action with little attention to developing listening skills.
Auditory Memory in Context Instructional Workbook for the Development of Attention, Listening, Processing, and Recall of Sentences and Paragraphs
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Higher Percentage of Students have Auditory Memory Weaknesses
by Addie Cusimano
Throughout my years of testing I have found a higher percentage of students with weaknesses in the auditory memory areas than any other learning skill area even among those students whom we would not classify as learning disabled. In addition, most children who have attention deficit disorders and/or hyperactivity have serious auditory memory deficiencies. These children are desperately in need of remediation in the auditory skill areas.
I have used this technique for a number of years with students at my school and with students I tutor. The results are amazing!
Each aspect of memory is specific to itself. One part of the brain controls listening for isolated units of information such as a series of numbers, letters and words. Another part of the brain controls listening for information presented in context such as information presented in a sentence that makes sense.
Auditory Memory in Context Instructional Workbook for the Development of Attention, Listening, Processing, and Recall of Sentences and Paragraphs - Fiction and Non-fiction
That seems to come naturally enough for some children and adults but weakness in this area is a major problem for others. There is a higher percentage of students with weaknesses in the auditory memory areas than any other learning skill area.
Addie Cusimano, Educational Therapist, has created a workbook to develop attention, listening, processing, and recall of sentences and paragraphs. Most learning disabled students, and students with ADD or ADHD, are seriously weak in these areas. The systematic teaching of these skills is highly beneficial for them as well as for the average student to improve his or her listening skills. It teaches memory of fiction as well as non-fiction expanding the ability of students to recall orally presented material related to literature, history, science, and mathematical word problems. It also helps students to attend, listen, process and recall material that they read silently. (Listening to one's own thoughts.)
Note: Be sure to read the easy directions for maximum benefit. It is easy to administer. Sessions lasting only five to ten minute are recommended. Developmentally, it is appropriate for use with preschoolers to grade 6. Remedially, it is appropriate for students in grades pre-school through 12+
Addie Cusimano is an educational therapist who has been active in the field of education for more than thirty years. She received a B. S. degree in education with psychology as a concentration. She also earned a M.S. degree in education with reading as a concentration. She holds New York State and Pennsylvania classroom teacher and reading specialist certifications. She has taken supplementary graduate courses in the field of learning disabilities and has done extensive independent research and clinical studies in this field.
Ms. Cusimano has worked as a classroom teacher and reading specialist for New York State public school systems. She was director, diagnostician and clinician of a private learning center in New York State for close to twenty years. The center specialized in working with learning disabled students but also offered programs for slow learners, average students and an advanced program for gifted children.