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Welcome to the Auditory Rhyming app! Recognition of rhyme is one of the first ways that a child demonstrates phonological awareness. Rhyming skills are important for reading and spelling, because it can help children recognize words that share common sounds often share common letter sequences. Once a child can spell cat, they quickly learn they can also spell bat, hat, sat, etc. This also applies to reading. Rhyme helps the child develop the ability to break words into smaller parts and recognize smaller parts in words, which is an important skill that is needed for reading and spelling.

Phonological awareness provides a beginning reader with an important tool for understanding relations between written and spoken language. A deficit in phonological awareness is accepted as a consistent feature of reading disabilities. Poor phonological awareness is linked to poor reading skills independent of IQ.

Children with deficits in one or more areas of phonological processing abilities may have more difficulty learning to read than those who do not. Phonological awareness describes an individual’s awareness of, and access to, the phonological structure of oral language.

The Auditory Rhyming app directly enhances and elevates phonological awareness skills in order for a young child to become a proficient reader and speller.

There are three different rhyme presentation options:

Inclusion (Which two words rhyme?)
Exclusion (Which one does not rhyme?)
Random (Mixed presentation of inclusion and exclusion)

Inclusion:
The child will see and hear three picture cards: two that rhyme and one that does not. The child will identify, by tapping on, the two pictures that rhyme. After the child hears each word, he or she will be prompted to tap on the pictures that rhyme. For example, the child will hear: “big, beach, pig. Which two words rhyme?”

Exclusion:
The child will see and hear three picture cards: two that rhyme and one that does not. The child will identify, by tapping on, the picture that does not belong. After the child hears each word, he or she will be prompted to tap on the picture that does not rhyme with the other two words. For example, the child will hear: “cat, fan, bat. Which one does not rhyme?”

Random:
The random presentation is a mixed of the inclusion and exclusion presentation. This will place more auditory attention demands on the child, as they must listen for the specific directive.

Want more apps to support the literacy, learning, and processing development for children? Check out these other great apps developed by Lynn Carahaly, M.A., CCC-SLP to facilitate speech perception, auditory processing, and literacy development: Auditory Word Discrimination, Hand Cue Sound Matching, Auditory Blending, Sound Matching, Syllable Counting, Auditory Figure Ground, and Target Sound Identification.

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