Listening Power Preschool by Hamaguchi Apps- Review + Giveaway - The iMums



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What we love…

Colorful, engaging, illustrations and animations. Customization options of difficulty levels and presentation of the targets, data tracking

What we’d love to see…

Option to have wrong choices disappear after selection, correct choice visually highlighted after it is chosen, labeling of emoticons.

Summary

Listening Power Preschool is a very high-quality app for targeting auditory comprehension skills of preschool children ages 3-6 years.

Our Rating

Listening Power Preschool HDListening Power Preschool by Hamaguchi Apps is an excellent app for developing auditory comprehension of verbal directions and concepts. The developer is a licensed speech-language pathologist and has several other apps which target verbal expression, following directions, and pragmatic skills. We have previously reviewed several of their apps including: Fun with Directions, More Fun with Directions, Talk About It Objects, You’re The Storyteller: The Surprise and Picture the Sentence.
There are five different activities in Listening Power Preschool: descriptions (adjectives i.e. shortest, cold, green), directions (positional concepts i.e. on, out, first), grammar and meaning (pronouns, verb tenses, negation), stories with pictures, and stories without pictures (with following comprehension questions).
The app is easy to use and has highly customizable settings. The ease-of-use is enhanced by a wonderful demo video highlighting the settings and features of the app. Each activity has individual settings for difficulty (easy, intermediate, and advanced) as well as the ability to select number of choices (2, 3, or 4). This ability to customize settings allows for the accommodation of a wide range of skill levels.
Individual users can be tracked and you can even add members to a group while still keeping individualized settings and data tracking for each child. Data for each of the five different activities (i.e. directions vs description) is also tracked separately to give an individualized overview of the child’s progress in each area. These are excellent features for speech therapy sessions. Another nice feature is that the picture choices are not made visible until the question has been presented auditorily. This lessens the visual distractions and helps the child focus on the verbal instructions.

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The app supports errorless learning as only correct choices are reinforced. If a child selects the wrong picture nothing happens, although the data tracking will indicate a wrong choice (data tracking can be visible on the screen or hidden). After the correct choice is selected the target concept is restated which also helps to solidify learning. It may be beneficial to have an option for the wrong choices disappear as they are selected to help narrow down the choices. It would also be nice to have the correct choice consistently highlighted visually after it is chosen to further reinforce understanding of the concept. The app has an option to automatically adjust levels increasing difficulty if the child gets 6 correct responses in a row or decreasing it if they keep making mistakes, this can be switched off in settings.

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In some of the exercises the child is asked to identify how someone was feeling based on an emoticon. For happy and sad these are obvious, but for some of other emotions it can be harder to tell. It would be nice to have these labelled (even in text off mode) so that the adult working with the child can tell them what each emoticon represents if they are unsure.

The app also has a built- in reward system. This is a bubble-popping reinforcement game which can be set to occur at different intervals or turned off altogether.

Overall, this is a very high-quality app for targeting auditory comprehension skills of preschool children ages 3-6 years. It is obvious that much consideration was placed on the customization of difficulty levels and the presentation of the targets themselves. The colorful illustrations and animations are engaging and motivating. Even my two-year-old son was able to attend to the app on the easiest setting although he was still a bit young for the story comprehension tasks. The bubble pop reinforcement game was a big hit with him. As well as being used for Auditory Comprehension there is also a “text on” option which allows the app to be used for reading decoding and comprehension in slightly older children as well.

This app would be particularly useful for speech pathologists who work with preschoolers in groups; but I would also recommend this app for any preschool child needing to work on attention and listening skills which, let’s face it, would include practically all preschoolers.

New app, on sale for BHSM- will be $15.99

Full version iTunes Link Listening Power Preschool HD – Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development

Listening Power Preschool HD Listening Power Preschool HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development

Price: $19.99 USD

Listening Power Preschool HD is the proud recipient of the 2016 Academics' Choice Award for Smart Media! http://www.academicschoice.com/apps/listening-power-preschool.php

Listening Power Preschool.

Lite version iTunes Link: Listening Power Preschool Lite HD – Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development

Listening Power Preschool Lite HD Listening Power Preschool Lite HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development

Price: $0.99 USD

Listening Power Preschool HD is the proud recipient of the 2016 Academics' Choice Award for Smart Media! http://www.academicschoice.com/apps/listening-power-preschool.ph (This is the lite version of that.

Giveaway

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Shari is a married mother of four from Illinois. She works as a speech pathologist in a rehab setting and loves to use apps in therapy. She is a self-proclaimed “Appaholic”- always on the look out for great apps!

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