Following Directions Monsters! 2017-08-15T08:47:32+00:00
Following Directions Monsters is a multi-player multi-level app designed to improve receptive language skills in children. Designed by certified speech-language pathologists, Following Directions Monsters uses a fun whimsical theme to engage clients in their learning while increasing auditory comprehension. Easily customizable to fit nearly every need, Following Directions Monsters is an engaging activity for students and a great addition to the therapy toolbox.
Following Directions Monsters!

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Following Directions Monsters is a multi-player multi-level app designed to improve receptive language skills in children. Designed by certified speech-language pathologists, Following Directions Monsters uses a fun whimsical theme to engage clients in their learning while increasing auditory comprehension. Easily customizable to fit nearly every need, Following Directions Monsters is an engaging activity for students and a great addition to the therapy toolbox.
Auditory attention and the ability to follow directions are critical for school and work force success. Research shows there are many aspects of auditory attention: preparatory attention, divided attention, vigilance, sustained attention, and selective attention (Medwetsky, 2006). Following Directions Monsters may help increase these skills by teaching the student to attend to auditory directions. Using Following Directions Monsters with an adult helper encourages vigilance and sustained attention.
Following Directions Monsters uses technology to present written and auditory directions in a fun and interactive way. Created specifically to help individuals improve their language skills, Following Directions Monsters is ideal for those individuals who struggle with following directions, language processing, and auditory processing. In addition, professionals working with individuals with intellectual disabilities and English Language Learners may find the app a great option for those students who require explicit instruction for language skills (Hicks et al, 2011) including skills such vocabulary skills such as size, color, and as well as other basic concepts such as before and after.

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Multiple Levels of Difficulty
Following Directions Monsters has 27 levels and each level increases the complexity of the directions. Level 1 is simple one-step directions (e.g., touch the car, touch the ball). Level 20 works on sequencing (first, second, third), while level 27 includes the concepts of before/after with multiple-step directions and descriptors such as color/size.
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Moving up the Levels

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Following Directions Monsters has 27 levels and each level increases the complexity of the directions. Level 1 is simple one-step directions (e.g., touch the car, touch the ball). Level 20 works on sequencing (first, second, third), while level 27 includes the concepts of before/after with multiple-step directions and descriptors such as color/size.
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The second way is to customize the beginning level for each player. To do that, simply tap on the MODIFY button on the player’s level icon and select the desired level.
A tap on the “modify” button will bring up the level selection screen. Toggle the desired level on/off. The player’s icon will reflect the new placement.
Multiple Levels of Difficulty
Following Directions Monsters is the perfect app for a busy therapist or educator. Not only is it fabulous for working with a single student, it will work with up to five simultaneous players. Each player can work at his or her own level. Data is kept for each individual student as well!

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Adding Players
Adding players in Following Directions Monster is extremely easy. Simply tap on “Play.” Then “add player” to bring up the entry window. Select an avatar and enter the player’s name. When completed, tap “done” to create the player.

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The player’s avatar and name will show up on the players screen. From here, you can select the students that will be playing the session. A double tap on the silhouette on the top right of each avatar allows the individual to edit or delete a player’s information.

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How to Play
When playing Following Directions Monsters with multiple players, the active player’s icon at the side of the screen is enlarged and marked with a check mark.
If the professional has selected “display text with directions” in the settings area, the screen will display with the phrase or sentence words shown. If the professional has elected to turn off the text, the screen will simply show the images to be selected.

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The player will touch the images to complete the directions. An on-screen tally helps the student keep track, and when 10monsters have been highlighted, a pop-up window displays“Well Done.” If the professional has set the app to move forward with success, it will move the individual to the next level. When done with the session, a simple tap on the done button brings the user to the reports center.
Visual and Auditory Reinforcement
Following Directions Monsters provides both auditory and visual reinforcement.

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Each correct answer results in a monster being highlighted at the bottom of the screen and a celebratory chime that is heard. A wrong answer has a different tone. If selected, a wrong answer can result in an incorrect picture being removed.
The reward audio can be turned off/on in the settings page from the select player page.

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Customization
Following Directions Monsters allows for maximum customization.
From the Select Player Screenthe following areas can be
customized:
• Display Text with Directions
• Increase Difficulty with Success
• Wrong Audio
• Allow Child to Answer Before Directions are Complete
• Automatically Go To Next Screen
• Display Accuracy on Screen
• If Wrong Remove item
• Allow Replay of Audio
• Turn off Main Menu Music
• Number of Images
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Display Text with Directions

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An individual’s ability to follow directions are varied depending on the type of direction provided. For instance, an individual may be able to follow a written direction but have significant difficulty with auditory directions (or vice versa). By toggling the Display Text button on/off, the professional can easily adjust the settings for an individual client’s needs.
Increase Difficulty with Success
Practice makes perfect, but too much practice can decrease motivation. With this area the professional can determine if the app will automatically move to the next level after 10 correct answers or, if desired, allow the individual to practice a particular level until mastery of the skill is demonstrated. This provides the opportunity for the professional to ensure the skills necessary for carryover are learned.
Auto Progression
Practice makes perfect, but too much practice can decrease motivation. With this area the professional can determine if the app will automatically move to the next level after 10 correct answers or, if desired, allow the individual to practice a particular level until mastery of the skill is demonstrated. This provides the opportunity for the professional to ensure the skills necessary for carryover are learned.

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If Auto Progression is turned on, the screen will automatically advance following each correct answer.
Displaying Accuracy
When Display Accuracy is toggled on, a score is kept in the lower left corner of the screen.
If Wrong Remove Item
In this area, the professional can set the app to remove an incorrect picture when the player selects it in error.
Number of Images
The number of choices available to select changes the complexity of the task. In this area, the professional can adjust the number of images displayed on the screen. This allows the complexity of the task to be tailored to an individual.
Increasing the number of images on the screen also helps increase sustained attention and attention to detail. Following directions has been shown to enhance auditory processing in children (Musiek et al, 2007).
If the professional has also selected to automatically increase the level of difficulty, the number of images will increase automatically as well.
The customization that occurs in the Settings area is for ALL players.
Detailed Reports
Recognizing the need to monitor progress over time, Following Directions Monsters compiles data for each individual every session. The individual’s report card can be emailed, printed (with an air ready printer), or exported into the free Therapy Report Center app by tapping on the “Share” button located in the upper right corner of the report card.
The report card features two views. The first provides a listing of each session, which level(s) were addressed, which settings were on/off, and a percent accuracy. This area also provides a small graph for a visual representation of accuracy.
The graph view provides an line graph report by date/accuracy. If the level has been completed with 80% or greater accuracy, a button showing the accuracy level is green. If the level has been played but not mastered, a yellow indicator is displayed.

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Following Directions Monsters and the Common Core

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The majority of states have moved to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in the education setting. Knowledge and use of frequently occurring adjectives is expected to begin before Kindergarten and be mastered by the end of first grade. Following Directions Monster is a creative and engaging tool created to assist students in meeting the CCSS for English Language Arts Standards for Language in Kindergarten and First grade.
Following Directions Monsters and Response to Intervention
Following Directions Monsters is an ideal component for Response to Intervention (RTI) as well. The app, with teacher direction, allows for an intensive teaching of the material. The data collection and report center allow progress monitoring to occur with the touch of a button. Individual customization of difficulty levels and ability for each student to have their own goals, makes it ideal for small group instruction. The busy SLP or educator can see at a glance the selected level and overall accuracy to determine effectiveness of the intervention. In addition, the app allows data to be exported to the Therapy Report Center for easy report writing and integration with other educational goals.
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features
Following Directions Monsters has the following features:
• Highly Customizable
• High-quality images
• Twenty-seven Levels of difficulty
• Fun correct answer tracker at the bottom of every page
• Data Collection over time for each student
• Compatibility with Therapy Report Center for easy report writing and progress monitoring
Sources
English Language Arts Standards » Language » Grade 1. (2012) Common Core State Standards Initiative. N.p., Retrieved from: http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/1/1/f/

Farquharson, K., & Franzluebbers, C. E. (2014). Comparing the effects of working memory-based interventions for children with language impairment. EBP Briefs, 9(1), 1-7. Bloomington, MN: Pearson

Hicks, S.; Bethune, K., Wood, C., Cooke, N., & Mims, P. (2011), Effects of direct instruction on the acquisition of prepositions by students with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis; 44 (3): 675-679.

Medwetsky, L. 2006. Spoken Language Processing: A convergent approach to conceptualizing (central) auditory processing. The ASHA Leader, 11(8), 6-33.

Musiek, F.E., Chermak, G.D., & Weining, J. 2007. Auditory Training. In: Chermak, G.D. & Musiek, F.E (Eds). Handbook of (Central) Auditory Processing Disorder. Comprehensive Intervention. Volume II. Plural Publishing Inc: San Diego.
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