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M.A. in Special Education


Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education


College of Education


Xin, Joy


Auditory perception in children; Computer-assisted instruction; Learning disabled children


Special Education and Teaching


Central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) is a deficit in auditory perception that has been thought to be the underlying basis of many learning problems including specific reading and language disabilities. In today's classrooms many of the children with CAPD have been integrated into general education settings. These children need a program that helps them cope with or even overcome their learning difficulty. A computer program, Fast ForWord has been suggested for those students. The Fast ForWord program is a computer-assisted reading program that is linked electronically to Berkeley University via the Internet.

The purposes of this study were (a) to examine the effect of the Fast ForWord program in language and reading for students with CAPD; (b) to evaluate students' satisfaction of using the Fast ForWord program; and (c) to evaluate the instructor's satisfaction of the program. Two students with CAPD were selected for the study. Each student was given a set of tests during the baseline. During the intervention both students participated in the Fast ForWord program for 100 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for a total of 5 weeks. Each day they participated in the program. An ongoing test was used to assess their performance and correct responses were recorded at Berkeley University. Each student's program was modified daily to meet his individual needs. The scores were graphed and compared to the baseline data for each student. Upon completion of the program both students and the Fast ForWord instructor were interviewed for their satisfaction with the program. Results showed that both students showed gained scores in reading and language. They enjoyed using the program, as did the instructor.