Audiblox: Cognitive Exercises for Learning
Disabilities and Learning Difficulties
Audiblox is a development of Dr. Jan Strydom (MA, HED, DEd).
Simply put, Audiblox is a system of cognitive exercises, aimed at the development of foundational learning skills.
A foundational skill is not the same as a process, strategy or technique. The difference between these can be explained by using the game of soccer as example. In order to be a soccer player, a person first has to master the foundational skills, e.g. heading and dribbling the ball. Only after that can he be taught strategies or techniques.
Audiblox develops and automatizes the foundational skills of reading, spelling, writing, mathematics and the skills required in the learning of subject matter. A list of the most important foundational skills addressed by Audiblox includes:
- Accurate perception
- Visual discrimination of foreground-background
- Visual discrimination of form
- Visual discrimination of size
- Visual discrimination of position in space
- Visual discrimination of color
- Visual analysis of position in space
- Auditory discrimination of foreground-background
- Auditory discrimination of position in time and space
- Auditory analysis of position in time and space
- Auditory synthesis of position in time and space
- Visual discrimination of dimensionality
- Decoding and integration of information
- Visual closure
- Visual memory of forms
- Visual memory of sequence
- Auditory memory
- Short-term memory
- Long-term memory
- Concept of numbers
- Logical thinking
- Fine motor coordination
- Gross motor coordination
- Sensory motor integration
- Flexible implementation — the program is equally suitable for tutoring one learner at home or simultaneously tutoring up to forty pupils in the classroom.
- Suitable for all age groups.
- The Audiblox exercises can be adapted to the intellectual levels of learners.
- Challenging exercises — the level of difficulty can continually be increased.
- Smoothly integrates with any curriculum.
- Prepares a foundation for exposure to and achievement in reading, spelling, writing, mathematics and the learning of subject matter. Learning difficulties can therefore be prevented.
- Effective for dyslexia and other learning difficulties.
- Accelerates learning and work tempo tremendously.
- Improves classroom management and discipline.
- Builds self-image and motivation for learning through the experience of learning success.
- Creates a basis for life-long learning.
The more one practices the Audiblox exercises, the better the results that one can achieve. Competence in any skill comes through practice over a period of time, and this system is no exception.
The Audiblox system is usually effective if a person practices three times a week for an hour at a time, or for half an hour five times per week. Less time is usually needed for preschool children and children with minor learning difficulties, and more time for children (or adults) with severe learning problems.
After three to six weeks one can expect to start seeing visible results. However, some individuals may require more practice than others to achieve results. It must be noted, however, that improvement is seldom gradual. When improvement becomes noticeable, it is usually sudden. After this initial and usually clearly visible intellectual jump, it frequently happens that the learner finds himself on a plateau again, followed by another leap forward. This pattern can repeat itself many times.
As there is no limit to human potential, the ideal is for learners to continue with the program for as long as possible.