First Advisor

Mary Gordon-Brannan

Term of Graduation

Winter 2000

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech Communication: Speech and Hearing Sciences


Speech Communication




Language awareness in children, Auditory perception in children



Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 43 pages)


Earobics Pro PLUS Step I (Earobics I) is a software program designed to increase the auditory processing and phonological awareness skills of children when used in conjunction with traditional intervention. Phonological awareness is the ability to manipulate the sounds of a language and has been shown in previous studies to have a strong relationship with reading ability. Phonological awareness can be taught, and studies have been conducted in an effort to determine effective methods for teaching phonological awareness. No studies have been published on Earobics I to this date.

In this study, the effectiveness of Earobics I was analyzed with this research question: Is Earobics I an effective tool in improving the skills of phonological awareness in 6- and 7-year-old children who are identified as at-risk for reading disabilities? This study used 3 subjects in a one-group pretest-posttest design using The Phonological Awareness Test as a pretest-postttest. The subjects attended 3 sessions per week for 5 weeks for treatment with Earobics L AU subjects' raw scores improved and comparison of the pre- and posstest differences in raw scores using a two-tailed paired samples 1-test revealed a significance of .027.


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