DescriptionThe ability to perform a relevant and functional measure of auditory comprehension has been a huge need in the field if education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. We recognize that the information received by students with hearing loss is incomplete or fragmented. Attention, motivation and language ability all act together, with the fragmented communication received, to determine overall comprehension ability. I was very excited to see this test made available and believe it will become a critical component in determining the level of student access to classroom communication, whether the student is an auditory and/or visual learner. Karen Anderson, Director The Oral Passage Understanding Scale is a measure of listening (auditory) comprehension for individuals ages 5 to 21 years. It evaluates a person’s ability to listen to passages that are read aloud and recall information about them. This ability is key to success in the classroom and social situations. It also measures memory skills, which are integral to listening comprehension. OPUS identifies how well a person can integrate and apply knowledge in three structural categories of language:
- Lexical/Semantic: knowledge and use of words and word combinations
- Syntactic: knowledge and use of grammar
- Supralinguistic: knowledge and use of language in which meaning is not directly available from the surface lexical and syntactic information.
- What is the student’s level of access to communication in the classroom (communication effectiveness as required by ADA)
- Can a student sufficiently understand and retain information heard in class?
- Are listening difficulties contributing to a child’s social skill challenges?
- Does this student need accommodations to have equal access to information provided verbally in the classroom (i.e. note-taker, captioning, sign language interpreter)?
|A||5 to 6||1 to 5|
|B||7 to 8||4 to 8|
|D||9 to 10||7 to 11|
|D||11 to 13||9 to 13|
|E||14 to 16||11 to 15|
|F||17 to 21||13 to 17|