These spelling tests are from the perspective of a student with auditory sensitivity and filtering problems.
Purpose of the Tracks:
The purpose of these audio tracks are to help individuals with typical sensory systems understand what it might be like for a student with auditory sensitivity and filtering problems to do an everyday task like taking a spelling test in a classroom. Sounds that would be heard in a typical classroom are amplified.
The information basis for this simulation is from several autobiographical accounts as well as resources including Teaching Children with Autism by Kathleen Ann Quill (pg. 39-40); Understanding the Nature of Autism by Janice E. Janzen (pg. 20, 141); Asperger's Syndrome by Tony Attwood (chapter 7); and many other sources on autism and the challenges faced by individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Track Contents & Audience:
Three spelling lists are dictated on three different tracks: an adult /high school level, 2nd-3rd grade upper elementary level, and a middle school level. These three groups could be the targeted participants in this type of sensitivity experience with words at their ability level. Below is a list of the spelling words used on each track:
- Track 1 (Adult/High School):
- Tomorrow Committee Absorb Nuisance Jealous Salmon Symptom Welfare Account Mischief Melody Mediocre Miscellaneous Rural Frustrating
- Track 2 (2nd-3rd Grade Upper Elementary):
- Ring Fruit Park Game Free Grade Funny Math Blue Store Pay Swing Fast School Hard
- Track 3 (Middle School):
- Truth Exit Pedal Coffee Frown Usually Tiny Peculiar Guilty Sponge Challenge Direction Erase Forward Difficult
Developed by: Kathy Case - C.O.O.R. ISD