The Test of Auditory and Visual Skills (TAVS) is a versatile screening tool developed to assess a range of fundamental auditory and visual skills. These basic skills are well understood to be vital for the higher-level development of phonological awareness, speech, reading, memory and attention. TAVS assesses many of the underpinning sensory skills necessary to learn to read, speak, listen and concentrate.
There are nine basic screening options available, a wide range of auditory and visual skills can be tested individually, or in combination, to assess how each sensory system is being used to support the other.
TAVS is an individually administered test suitable for children and adults age five years and above. It uses tones and contains no speech, so it is a powerful indicator of auditory and visual skills with no language barriers for the person being tested. Discover more by reviewing the TAVS – White Paper.
TAVS – Pilot Study
Pre-post testing using SCAN A and a TAVS quick screening with 6 students age 12 and 13 demonstrate improvements are mirrored, which illustrates the validity of using TAVS as a measure of auditory processing difficulties.
TAVS Assessment Series
Learn more about the specific processing skills that can be assessed using TAVS. It can be used by a wide variety of professionals who work with both children and adults.
Part 1: The Importance of Temporal Order Judgment
Temporal Order Judgment (TOJ) simply means that two signals are presented, and the person being tested is asked to identify “which came first?”. TOJ is an important component when assessing children with speech and language, listening and reading deficits. Using measures such as TOJ allows you to consider whether more fundamental auditory processing is impaired. This is an underpinning level of temporal processing on which phonological awareness is built.
Part 2: Fusion Threshold and Auditory Temporal Processing
Auditory fusion is measured by listening through headphones to two tones that are presented very closely together. In speech, a ‘b’ and a ‘d’ can sound very similar and if we have difficulties with temporal processing, we may not be able to hear the difference between the sounds in speech spoken at a normal pace. In a stream of speech we may only hear the end of the sound as it becomes fused with other sound heard before or after. You can understand why such challenges will lead to problems with listening, literacy development and strong speech and language skills.
Part 3: Steady Beat Competency
Perception of an external rhythm requires that the brain be able to synchronize with the external beat and then to match it, whether that is by tapping with our finger or marching using our whole body. You can imagine the range of areas where this will cause problems; beat competency not only affects listening, speech and learning, but also movement within sports, social skills with groups of people and whether we feel ‘in sync’ with those around us. Timing in a larger sense affects our awareness of sleep and wake cycles as well as global external rhythms of time such as the seasons.
Part 4: Pitch Discrimination
Research has shown that pitch perception is linked very closely to our perception of sounds in language. Pitch discrimination is, therefore, an important part of an auditory screening if you are working with anyone who is challenged by reading, listening, attention or concentration. There are several pitch discrimination tests available. TAVS covers pitch discrimination as well as pitch pattern perception and many other areas vital to strong auditory processing skills.
Part 5: Temporal Processing Duration and Pitch Pattern
Temporal processing is our perception of time for auditory signals reaching the brain. We need to be able to show whether a reading problem is related to auditory processing, areas of vision or some other factor. It is therefore an important part of an auditory screening to assess whether reading deficits relate to a fundamental challenge with processing the many pitch and time pattern changes in everyday speech. TAVS can quickly assess both duration pattern and pitch pattern.
Part 6: Sound Localization – Where am I?
Many children and adults with auditory processing problems find it really difficult to be able to listen when there is any background noise in the environment. Poor sound localization skills often mean increased stress levels and a heavier load on the visual system to compensate for the auditory deficit. Children with reading, listening and concentration problems may have poor sound localization due to challenges with processing the timing, volume and frequency of auditory signals.
Measure Change Easily and Objectively with TAVS – Test of Auditory and Visual Skills
“I have found that TAVS – The Test of Auditory and Visual Skills is not only a foundational tool to understanding the capabilities of one’s auditory and visual skills, but that it is a key component to adequately address the unique needs of my students. By using TAVS, undetected hearing loss has been discovered in a few of my students. These students had been struggling to learn, communicate and attend for years. Their parents had tried everything to no avail. TAVS has opened the door to understanding for these parents and has provided vital information that has changed the direction of learning struggles for their children. I highly encourage professionals to utilize TAVS. It has changed the way I practice, and my students’ lives are forever changed as well.”
Parents Instructing Challenged Children (PICC) LEAH
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