For our Lets Talk Speech and Communication event Balbus Speech Therapy. have given us 5 codes for Speech4Good to giveaway. Yiu can read our review (published in April 2012) below.
Reviewed by Mary and Amy
Speech4Good is a universal speech therapy app from Balbus Speech Therapy. Jack McDermott founded Balbus Speech Therapy as a result of his personal journey with speech therapy for stuttering.
The hub of the app is the Speech Center – here you can work on your speech therapy session using the DAF, digital speech graph and recording options.
DAF stands for delayed auditory feedback – the user speaks into a microphone and hears their voice through headphones a fraction of a second later. DAF has been used to treat stuttering, and has shown promise for use in Parkinson’s and other degenerative speech disorders. With the DAF in this app you can set the delay to anywhere between 20-300 msec, the students speaks and hears their speech delayed by the selected amount. The DAF can be switched on or off when using the speech center. Please note that to use the DAF in this app you do need to use headphones and if your device doesn’t have a built in microphone (such as an older generation iPod Touch) then you will need an external microphone, for the iPad and newer iTouch you can use the built-in mike.
The Digital Speech Graph is basically an oscilloscope that responds to the sound of your voice, and represents it visually. There is some research suggesting that visualizing speech patterns can help improve production.
The app also allows you to record your speech therapy session whilst working with these tools, make notes on the session, save it to your library and email it (or share via social media).
So that is the theory of what this app involves, but I wanted to find out more about how it worked with real speech therapy students. As well as using it with my own children I consulted with Amy who is an SLPA working in a school district, to see how it worked with her students. When using it on a child who stutters she was able to see a noticeable improvement in his speech – he was still stuttering but it slowed down his speech and elongated it, which in turn made him more intelligible. The child did have a hard time tolerating the DAF, so she found it better to use it at smaller delay, as that was more comfortable for him. When Amy used it on other students working on their articulation she found they loved to use it, even after a couple of months the students are still requesting to use it. She found one student in particular who was not very interested in improving her “R” articulation that found a new motivation and interest when using the app, after using it for a couple of months she is showing an improvement in her articulation.
My own daughter who has Apraxia often talks very softly, by using the speech graph I was able to show her how much smaller her graph was than mine and she immediately started to talk at a louder volume (much more effective than asking her to talk up!). She was also very interested in using the DAF. Both my daughter and her older brother enjoy using the app – watching the oscilloscope, using the DAF and recording themselves and listening to the playback.
As well as the Speech Graph and DAF the app includes a recording function. With this you can record your speech session, and store it in your library within the app – with a date, time and session notes. You can also email the recording or share it via FB or twitter. The recording and emailing option can be useful for sharing information between home and the student’s SLP. The Facebook and Twitter options were not suitable for the age group of students we were using the app with, but may be used by older students and young adults. The app only records the audio not the accompanying Speech Graph.
Improvements I would like to see in future updates: the Digital Speech Graph is currently only one color (blue) and is fixed at one rate – I would like to see this upgraded to a full-spectrum, adjustable rate version as I think this would work even better. I would also love to see the recording option include the Digital Speech Graph as well as the audio – I think this would be a really great tool if the student could play back their good and bad productions to both see and hear the difference.
Overall, I think this is a very useful and innovative speech app. I think that SLPs looking for a new tool for speech therapy will find this useful, especially for students with stuttering but also to add a new interesting dimension to their speech therapy sessions. If you are a parent of a child who stutters or a child in speech therapy who needs some more motivation to do their speech therapy practice I would recommend you consider downloading it too.
Mary wrote this review with additional input from Amy T., SLPA, who works in a California School District.
Since this review was written the app now has an IAP (currently $4.99) for the following features
-Record, add notes, and playback your speech samples
– Custom-built Library to save and organize your files by date
– Email your recordings and session notes.
Without the IAP the app includes:
– Speech Center: a visual dashboard for your practice
– Speech Graph (oscilloscope) displays in real-time
– Delayed auditory feedback (DAF) at adjustable levels 20-300ms
Speech4Good – Balbus Speech
Speech4Good - Stuttering & Speech Therapy with DAF
by Balbus Speech
Price: $5.99 USD
Speech4Good puts speech therapy tools in your pocket. With proven features for people with speech disorders like stuttering or articulation, Speech4Good helps you monitor and record your speech practice.
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What we love…
fun game for one or more players at the same time with no “rules” that lets you have role play and imagination. Loved that it allowed for multi player interaction
What we’d love to see…
garage to park the cars or one central location, ability to drive the car from a first person perspective
Fun addition to the Dr. Panda line of apps with no rules just fun! Great for multi-player fun and this Mom enjoyed it too!
Dr. Panda’s Toy Cars by Dr. Panda is the newest universal app for iOS that allows your children to role-play and use their imaginations in two cities with a variety of vehicles ranging from a fire truck, boat, police car, ambulance, cargo truck, regular cars and more. The two cities are a winter city and a summertime city. The app allows you to “drive” with your finger, turn on and off sirens, put out fires, put up and down barriers for the railroad crossing and more. The app is designed for children from toddler through preschool although my elementary aged student really enjoyed the activities contained within the app.
My son loved that two of us (or more) could play with the app at the same time as you can drive multiple vehicles simultaneously. Each vehicle in the app has a unique trait ranging from the police car to the firetruck putting out fires and the ambulance taking sick people to help. There are no time limits which meant we could play for as long as we wanted or as short of a period of time as we wanted. I think one of his favorite parts was picking out vehicles – I have to say the firetruck and cargo truck got quite a bit of use during our testing. There were unique features such as putting out a fire, catching a crook, filling up with gas and more which were all hidden within the app as fun extras that you wouldn’t always find unless you were tapping in random places. My son liked loading the cargo truck as well which required you to find the loading spot, putting out fires with the elephants and more.
In terms of improvements, I’d like to see a “garage” where you can park the vehicles in since they are randomized on the screen and sometimes you have to move one in order to go forward. Some of the vehicles like the fire truck and police car are parked at the station while others are out on the road. My son likes to just “crash” into the cars in his way, but I preferred being able to move them out of the way. We would also like to be able to “drive” the car from a first person perspective and see outside the windshield similar to Dr. Panda Bus Driver.
There are no in-app purchases or third-party ads and the app contains a parental gate which requires the tapping of a lock mechanism for a randomized number of times. I really enjoyed playing with the app with my son and it is fun for kids of all ages as you can sit down and play to your child’s level with imagination.
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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.
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To celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month Tactus Therapy has given us 5 codes for Writing TherAppy to give away. You can read Grace’s review below (published in January 2012).
Reviewed by Grace
Recently, I found an unlikely spelling app that will help my 5-year-old progress from his cutesy beginner spelling apps to handling future spelling dictations in a formal school setting. I say unlikely because Writing TherAppy from Tactus Therapy Solutions is actually an app designed by a Speech-Language Pathologist for people with impaired written expression abilities. But after exploring it, I realized that it was just what I needed and more.
Writing TherAppy is a fully customizable and no-frills spelling app that includes more than 500 spelling words up to 10 letters long and has the ability to add/edit your own words. The pictures used and recorded voices are clear and the app’s layout is non-distracting. There is a choice between a North American male voice or UK English female voice. I can have the spelling exercises done totally in lowercase and there is an indicator bar to show the progress – how many more words to spell (keeps my son going) and the scores so far (very motivating). The categories of spelling words included in the app are related to things that we are familiar with – animals, body parts, clothing, colors, concepts, food, furnishings, numbers, objects, people, places and sports.
It has 4 learning modes and each has 3 levels of difficulty, that’s a total of 12 learning activities that will grow with my son’s needs as he gets better at spelling:-
Fill-In-The-Blank – the spelling word has 1 or 2 missing letters (depending on level of difficulty) and the student has to select the missing letter(s) from a limited choice or all the letters of the alphabet. What is wonderful is that the missing letter from the spelling word is not always the same. The position of the blank changes in every session making each exercise a new one even if you repeat the words.
Copy – move the letters into the appropriate blank spaces to copy the word given.
Spell What You See (Naming) – spell the name of the pictured noun. You can hear the word by touching the picture.
Spell What You Hear (Dictation) – spell the spoken word without any pictorial clue.
There are also hints to help the student to step down a difficulty level whenever he needs additional help. What I like best about this app is a built-in step that encourages students to do self-checking before tapping on the ‘Check’ button to submit their answers. I can’t stress enough how important this skill is for any independent learner. My son was able to focus, select his choice of letter, sound out the word he formed and reselect the letters if necessary until he was satisfied with his answer. Thanks to this feature, he could correctly spell most of the 47 three-letter words under the Fill in the Blank mode (in one session). How great is that! The app was recently updated to allow you to add your own words as well as adding an audio recording and image with it. This is really marvelous as you can add your child’s weekly spelling lists and help your child learn them using the 4 unique learning modes from the app. I let my son record himself reading the word and I record a sentence to show him how the word can be used. My heart was so filled with gratitude when I heard him repeated the sentences I recorded for him when not working on the app. Not only is this app helping him with his spelling, it’s also a great tool for building his expressive language. He also had fun choosing the images for the words in his spelling list. We can either use screenshots of images found on the internet or our own photos! Designed for adult users, Writing TherAppy is not childish and is suitable for older children. With the ability to add and edit unlimited custom word lists, you can now use all the app’s great features to practice your child’s spelling words throughout his elementary school years. To see this well thought-out app in action, check out their video demo and download the lite version to try. This app is a worthwhile investment and you shouldn’t miss it. [yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd20GbDpW3E’] Facebook Twitter Writing TherAppy – Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd.
by Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd.
Price: $19.99 USD
Writing Therapy is a unique app for spelling practice for adults with brain injury or stroke as well as ESL speakers or children learning to spell.
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