FrontRow classroom sound technology recognized
as beneficial to students with autism
PETALUMA, CA – July 16, 2015 – The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) has awarded the Certified Autism Resource badge to FrontRow classroom sound systems. This certification means that FrontRow’s technology meets IBCCES' criteria for helping improve communication and the classroom environment for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Many independent studies have noted gains in attentiveness, comprehension, and on-task behavior in classrooms with FrontRow sound technology, but this is the first time that a credentialing organization of IBCCES’ magnitude has formally recognized advantages specifically for individuals with ASD.
“Atypical attention is often a factor in autism,” says Jeff Shaw, product manager with FrontRow. “This can manifest as difficulty comprehending language, processing sensory input, or attending to relevant stimuli. Since at least 45% of class time requires listening, this can make a normal noisy classroom extremely challenging for many students on the autism spectrum. ” Because FrontRow technology helps clarify important auditory information – like the teacher’s voice or media content – it can make focusing much easier for students who struggle with auditory distraction. The technology uses microphones, speakers, and digital signal processing to improve clarity of relevant sound throughout the classroom.
“Principals and teachers are typically amazed by the almost immediate improvement in student attentiveness when using a FrontRow sound system,” says Shaw.
To become a Certified Autism Resource, the IBCCES reviews an educational product to verify that it meets at least one of the Board’s ten areas of autism competency, which range from communication and emotional awareness to sensory awareness and social or motor skills. IBCCES has determined that FrontRow classroom sound technology in fact meets standards for two of the ten competencies. Because FrontRow technology helps compensate for environmental obstacles to learning (background noise and distance from the teacher for example) as well as for communication barriers (limitations in brain development for example), FrontRow sound systems can help students with autism in the areas of speech perception, attention, behavior, seating disparities, and overall classroom success.
IBCCES is the largest independent credentialing and continuing education organization with a focus in special needs and human services. The IBCCES is the accrediting body for the Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) and the Autism Certificate (AC) programs. Our certification programs recognize professionals in the field of autism who have met predetermined standards in their training, experience and performance. CAS and AC professionals live and work in the U.S. and more than 40 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.ibcces.org or call +1 877 717 6543.