JIAS in Schools
Johansen IAS can also be used with groups of children in school listening to standard Johansen IAS CDs where it is known as Johansen Alpha and Johansen Beta. As CDs are not usually individually customized for children under the age of 5 or 6, the Johansen programme lends itself to use with children in Nursery or Reception/ Primary One but can also be used very effectively with older children.
Johansen Alpha and Johansen Beta are Entry Level programmes of the Johansen Individualised Auditory Stimulation programme. These programmes are designed for use with groups of students in Primary and Secondary Schools and centres. Johansen Alpha is suitable for young (aged 4 to 8) or developmentally immature children while Johansen Beta is suitable for older students.
Appropriate CDs for the age of child are carefully chosen and children listen in groups in a quiet place for 10 minutes per day, 5 days a week during term time. With the aid of a splitter to enable two sets of headphones to be plugged into each CD player, two children can listen to the same CD at the same time. A typical programme of this sort will last an academic year.
It is a simple and enjoyable programme to enhance listening skills and support settled behaviour and readiness for learning with the group design making it a cost effective intervention.
Schools that have implemented this way of working report an increase in ‘school readiness’ with listening skills being more advanced and children being better able to work independently.
See feedback from a lead teacher who has been using Johansen Alpha for a number of years in her school.
Why May a Johansen Programme Help?
Many children entering school do not have the neurological or developmental maturity to sit, listen and learn in the classroom. They may be unsettled as they start to cope with the complex experience of school. This in turn may affect their ability to engage with new friendships and formal learning.
One reason for the above is the presence of Auditory Processing Difficulties. Auditory Processing is the medical term for listening and interpreting what we hear. When this is difficult it can adversely affect the development of attention, memory, understanding and use of spoken and written language and coping with background noise. There are many factors before, during and after birth that may adversely affect the development of mature listening skills.
The human brain is designed to change itself as a function of experience. This ‘plasticity’ may be positive in response to training of the optimum quality and amount or negative in response to deprivation e.g. in persistent Glue Ear.
Musical Auditory Stimulation Programmes such as Johansen Alpha and Johansen Beta provide a ‘Second Chance’ to receive adequate, consistent, specific, auditory stimuli so that listening becomes easier. Consistent and organised processing releases attention for associated and higher level skills.
Delivery of Johansen Alpha and Johansen Beta Programmes in School
Some Johansen Alpha and Johansen Beta programmes are delivered by Registered Johansen IAS Providers working in their own schools.
Alternatively, Johansen Alpha and Beta programmes can be delivered in school following training and an on-going monitoring plan from a Registered Johansen IAS Provider. who will provide information, answer questions and ensure that recognised standards of programme delivery are met. Training is usually on an individual school or centre basis.
Some individual Registered Johansen IAS Providers are also certified to deliver group training in specific countries.