Auditory match to sample is fundamental to listener literacy (responding to vowel-consonant sounds of a speaker by performing relevant listener responses), enhancement of echoic responding (reproducing the heard words with point-to-point correspondence), and may play a possible role in the emergence of Naming (the joint of listener and speaker responses).
Sounds the Same app teaches the students to discriminate between positive and negative exemplars of different sounds and words by matching the sample sound to the positive exemplar. For example, match the sound of running water versus the sound of door knocking. The Sounds the Same app consists of two sections: basic and advanced. The 8-phase Basic Auditory Matching teaches students to match target sounds/words versus no sound, white noise, and other sounds/words. The 13-phase Advanced Auditory Matching teaches students to match relative longer words, short phrases, and even sentences. The differences between the target sounds and the non-exemplars decrease incrementally and the complexity in the exemplars increase gradually from basic to advanced phases.