Critical elements are a beneficial tool for those with varying levels of hearing loss and/or central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) to increase their ability to hold onto pieces of information in their short-term or working memory. By incorporating themed activities, children and adults alike are able to incorporate background knowledge regarding the seasons of the year and well-known holidays to improve their skills in auditory processing, auditory memory, working memory, and listening comprehension skills during speech therapy sessions.
For best use, print the character pages and glue/laminate onto a file folder as pictured. Cut out each of the critical element items, laminate, and place a velcro dot on the back of each item pictured, then place the opposite velcro dot on the ten boxes at the bottom of the desired character page.
This activity includes examples to personalize your critical item sentence prompts at the 1, 2, and 3 critical element difficulties to allow for multiple levels depending on the client's individual needs. A variety of 24 themed critical element items and 5 themed characters are included for task repetition and cycling through the same theme to encourage carryover of vocabulary and increased auditory memory.
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