Secret Mission Articulation by Erik X. Raj -Review




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What we love…

Kids love hangman, Missions keep it interesting. Always win

What we’d love to see…

Data collection

Summary

great app for those older students, especially boys, who need the extrinsic motivation to work hard on their articulation skills! Can’t wait to see what is next.

Our Rating

Secret Mission Articulation

Secret Mission Articulation is a universal app from Erik X. Raj. It makes Speech therapy into a game for articulation students working on later developing sounds, and contains over 100 secret missions for students to pretend to take part in.

Foil the sinister plans of the evil robot super villain who will stop at nothing to wreak havoc! Figure out the secret password to shut down the robot so that he is unable to complete his naughty plans!

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This is a great app to maintain the interest of older articulation students who have been in therapy and are losing motivation. Choose your sound: s, z, r, l, sh, ch, or the and then choose either initial, final, medial, blends (s, l, r) or mixed and you are off on a secret mission. Listen to the secret mission and you are provided with blanks for each letter of the word and the alphabet (just like in hangman). You always win even if you use all 26 letters. Hit “Enter” and you can choose to hear the word, start a new mission or go back to the home screen. Each mission has a new “password”, and the app contains over 600 sound-specific “passwords”,  so the student is practicing their articulation skills whilst playing a fun game.

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Secret Mission Articulation – Erik X. Raj


Secret Mission Articulation Secret Mission Articulation by Erik X. Raj

Price: $4.99 USD

Created by Erik X. Raj, M.S., CCC-SLP, Secret Mission Articulation is a unique speech therapy game that challenges players to guess a hidden word by choosing from different letters on an alphabet board.

Suzanne is married with one fantastic 12 year old daughter. Suzanne is a school speech language pathologist in the public schools and enjoys her job tremendously. She and her family have recently moved from North Dakota to Texas and are enjoying the wonderful climate change this move has provided. Suzanne has always been the power user of new electronics in her schools and loves to teach others what she has learned. She shares her knowledge of appropriate apps with coworkers and families.



Wild Kratts World Adventure by PBS Kids- Review




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What we love…

fun and challenging games, interesting information and facts about animals

What we’d love to see…

more games, add multimedia items and definitions in wild facts, add labels on world map, rotate and resize stickers

Summary

A fun and challenging app that teaches kids about wild animals

Our Rating

Wild Kratts World Adventure

 

Wild Kratts World Adventure is a game and science app by PBS Kids.   It based on the hit animated series Wild Kratts where two brothers, Chris and Martin Kratt, take children on an adventure to discover and learn about animals in the wild. The app is designed for children aged 4-8 years old.

 

In Wild Kratts World Adventure, children will learn about the woodpecker, the dolphin, and the orangutan.  It all begins with a game where children get to become one of the animals.  As a woodpecker, they will compete against another woodpecker named Headbanger in pecking for beetles.   As a dolphin, they will swim and clean up trash in the ocean while avoiding corals and other sea animals.  As an orangutan, they will swing on vines to gather fruit for their family.

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The woodpecker game is played by tapping on the screen.  The dolphin and orangutan games are played by tilting the screen left and right.  If enough points are earned in a game, children are rewarded with either a sticker or a wild fact.  Each game has 10 levels with increasing difficulty, but children do not have to play all the levels to earn rewards.   As long as enough points are earned, the youngest user can simply play the first level over and over again to unlock all the rewards available.  There are 10 stickers and 10 wild facts to collect for each animal.

 

Children can also take “creature selfies”.  That is, they can superimpose their faces onto the animals by taking a photo of themselves.   Creature selfie photos will automatically appear in the sticker book pages.  Both creature selfies and sticker book pages can be saved in the camera roll.

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Another thing that would make this app even better is by including photos, videos, and audio in the wild facts.  I would love, for example, to hear an audio of dolphin sounds instead of just reading about it.  Having photos, videos, and audio would add so much to the learning experience.  It would also be helpful to have definitions for new words introduced such as echolocation, opposable, and Pileated.

 

A few other minor suggestions I have for improving this app is to add labels on the world map, at least to identify the continents and oceans.  This would be very helpful for children just learning their geography.  The audio that currently plays to identify the location of the animal habitats gets cut off and needs to be fixed so children can hear them properly.  Finally, it would be great if the stickers can be resized or rotated for better, more precise placement.

 

Wild Kratts World Adventure does a wonderful job sparking interest in the woodpecker, the dolphin, and the orangutan.  My children enjoyed it and learned a few new things about each animal.  The games are fun and challenging, even for adults.  Although I feel it could use some improvement, it is sure to please any Wild Kratts fan.

Wild Kratts World Adventure – PBS KIDS


Wild Kratts World Adventure Wild Kratts World Adventure by PBS KIDS

Price: $3.99 USD

*Parents' Choice Award Winner!*

Wild Kratts World Adventure is the ultimate Wild Kratts app to get you on the creature trail, playing and learning about creature powers with the Kratt Brothers.<.

 

Fides and her husband have been married for 16 years. They homeschool their 4 children: two amazing sons and two beautiful daughters. Fides likes to walk and jog outdoors everyday and has as very difficult time resisting a slice of paradise cake.



Articulation Station Pro by Little Bee Speech -Review + Giveaway #BHSM 2014




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Summary

A very comprehensive articulation app that works at word, sentence and story level. It covers all 22 speech sounds of the English Language and includes, flashcards, matching game, rotating sentences, unique sentences and different story levels

Our Rating

To Celebrate better Hearing and Speech Month Little Bee has given us THREE copies of Articulation Station Pro (valued at $49.99 each) to giveaway. Please read our review and enter via the rafflecopter below.

Reviewed by Grace and Mary – app review originally published Aug 2012

Articulation Station Pro by Little Bee Speech is a very comprehensive articulation app that provides multiple opportunities for your child to pronounce and practice all the 22 speech sounds in the English language. It is the first and only articulation app offering practice at the word, sentence and story levels.

You can start to work at any level in the app according to your child’s ability and needs. Regardless where you start, you always begin by choosing the sound that you want to practice before choosing to work at the word, sentence or story level. Then you choose the activity and finally the sound position (or a combination of positions) you want to practice the target sound.

There are 2 activities in each of the 3 levels. At the word level, you can choose to practice with flashcards or a matching game. Tap the flashcard and you will hear the word being read aloud. Not just the words on the flashcards, this app will read all the words and sentences in this app giving your child a consistent audio model to imitate. Then there is the essential recording option, which you can use throughout the app to record and playback the sounds, words or sentences that your child produces. This presents the perfect opportunity for your child to listen and evaluate his/her own pronunciation.

 

Even thought there are 20 flashcards included for each sound position, I find that there is room for a lot more words and other types of words to be added (there are only nouns right now). Furthermore, the words should be arranged in increasing number of syllables and difficulty to pronounce with an option to shuffle the cards. But if you ask me what is the ultimate wish I have, it would be the ability to customize – adding (a few of) my own words with audio prompts and the accompanying pictures. I think the ability to add and edit the list of words is a feature all parents (educators and SLPs) will welcome.

For reinforcement, the same flashcards are used in the matching game. As a card is turned, you can ask your child to say the word on the card and get more repetitions done. Kids stay engaged in the session for a longer period of time because they think that this is just a reward bonus game. It would be great if there are different levels of difficulty where we can choose the number of cards in a set (right now, it is always 16 cards) so that children of different abilities are able to play and progress through the different levels of the game.

iPad Screenshot 2At the sentence level, you can start with the ingenious rotating sentences where a carrier sentence is repeated with a different target word in the sentence (usually in the middle). Having the sentence stay the same allows the child to memorize the sentence and practice it with greater fluency. Besides the target word, each of these sentences has additional words with the target sound in it (e.g. Erik read about the target word in the book). The words are appropriate for the beginner reader and the nouns are accompanied by picture prompts (used in the flashcards), encouraging the child to learn to read the words at the same time.

What is fun about the rotating sentences is that a spinner generates the target word and you can see the pictures of the words spinning on a reel like a fruit machine. This spinner is such a hit with my son that he is very motivated to do the articulation exercises. I wish that there was more than one rotating sentence for each sound position.

The unique sentences, on the other hand, are targeted at the older child who can read. There are 20 different sentences for each sound position. Like the rotating sentences, the unique sentences have at least 3 words with the target sound in them. While we really like that the rotating and unique sentences give many more opportunities for practicing the target sound through multiple target words, we feel that we need easier and shorter phrases/sentences as well for a smoother transition from the word level to the sentence level. In this way, the child can begin with a single target word placed either at the beginning or end of the phrase, then progressing to longer sentences still with a single target word (placed anywhere in the sentence) and finally moving onto the current longer form.

iPad Screenshot 4When a sound has been mastered in sentences, the child can proceed to practice the sound at the story level. Level 1 Story (with its picture prompts) is for the non-readers while the longer Level 2 Story (with a larger vocabulary) is designed for readers. There are 3 comprehension questions at the end of every story, providing even more opportunities to practice the target sound as the answers always include the target words. Stories and comprehension questions are currently not found in other articulation apps.

As parents, we really like how easy it is to navigate and use the app. We also appreciate its other features like: –
* useful information on how to use the activities in the app and tips to help us elicit each sound from our children
* data tracking enabling us to monitor our children’s progress right down to the specific words
* ability to do multiple scoring for repeated pronunciation of the same target word
* ability to add notes to the overall data collected at the end of a session and email/print out for our kids’ SLPs to follow up
* ability to practice multiple sounds using shuffled flashcards at the word level.

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It is also good to know that parents have the option of downloading the free Articulation Station (includes the /p/ sound program) and purchasing only the sound programs that they need instead of buying the Pro version.

Overall, this is an engaging app that has everything you need in an articulation app and it is definitely one of the best available. We are pleased to know that the developer has plans to add more features to make it an even better app for parents and I do hope that they will add more content, greater customization, easier options and perhaps consider a more attractive price (afternote : the developer has made a permanent price drop for this app so that more families can benefit from it). Watch the overall tutorial video to know more.

Articulation Station Pro has just been updated to include:-
• Ability to choose specific words within the word and sentence level activities and SAVE your word lists!
• Addition of /sn/ /sm/ /pr/ blends
• Blends in the initial /g/ and /f/ removed and replaced
• Session details are shown when emailing multiple session data
• Time stamp added to saved sessions and emailed session data

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Articulation Station Pro – Little Bee Speech

Articulation Station Pro Articulation Station Pro by Little Bee Speech
Category: Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 407.41 MB

$59.99USD

Articulation Station – Little Bee Speech

Articulation Station Articulation Station by Little Bee Speech
Category: Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 408.3 MB

$FREE

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).



Even Monsters Are Shy by Busy Bee Studios – Review + Giveaway




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What we love…

Great story, beautiful illustrations, lots of fun activities

What we’d love to see…

Text highlighting and individual word reading

Summary

A fun book and activity app that will encourage and embolden children to make new friends.

Our Rating

Even Monsters Are Shy

Busy Bee Studios, developer of award winning Even Monsters Get Sick, is back with another equally entertaining and heartwarming book, Even Monsters Are Shy.

 

Even Monsters Are Shy tells the story of Ben and his monster Gurk. Ben receives Gurk as a birthday present and although they have a lot of fun together, they are unable to enjoy group activities because Gurk is extremely shy. Ben wants to take Gurk to see the circus and tries to help him be more comfortable making new friends and being with others, but nothing works. Sadly, Ben gives his circus tickets away. Gurk feels bad and comes up with a plan to make things better. In doing so Gurk surprises not only Ben, but himself as well.

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In addition to the endearing story and beautiful artwork, there are also fun interactive items and cleverly constructed games and activities throughout the book. Children will have a blast making freshly squeezed orange juice, juggling balls, washing a car, playing dress up, and trying musical instruments. They will also take part in exciting circus activities like jumping hoops, high diving, balancing on a tightrope, and marshmallow target shooting.

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The book has two reading options: Read To Me and I Can Read. In I Can Read, tapping anywhere on the text causes the entire page to be read aloud. I think this is great, but what would be even better is individual word highlighting and reading so that beginning readers who have trouble with a specific word can click on it and hear how it is pronounced. This would also be beneficial in Read To Me mode so that children can follow the narration along easily.

 

There are external links in the app and the child lock system used is one of the better ones I have seen. In order to access links, parents must solve a random two digit addition equation. Occasionally, this involves having to carry over, making it even harder for younger kids to break through.

 

I love Even Monsters Are Shy because it teaches that being shy does not define who you are, and that if you let others get to know you, chances are they will love you. I know that many kids, including mine, can relate to Gurk, and this book will give them even more encouragement to meet and make new friends. For my son who has autism, making friends can be very difficult, and a book that includes monsters makes it a lot of fun for him to practice and remember an important communication skill that Ben teaches Gurk: smile and introduce yourself.

 

Even Monsters Are Shy is a great addition to a child’s app collection. It is a book that will be loved and read over and over again. I know because that is exactly what my children have been doing!


Even Monsters Are Shy – Busy Bee Studios


Even Monsters Are Shy Even Monsters Are Shy by Busy Bee Studios

Price: $0.99 USD

Featured by Apple as a Best New App
Featured in USA Today
Featured as a top pick in iPad for Dummies
Silver Award winner from Parents' Choice

Kids play and interact with Ben as he tries.

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Even Monsters Get Sick Even Monsters Get Sick by Busy Bee Studios

Price: $0.99 USD

Kids from ages 2-8 will love playing and interacting with Harry as he tries to find out what’s wrong with his new pet monster. The multiple games are intertwined with the funny and heart-warming story.


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Fides and her husband have been married for 16 years. They homeschool their 4 children: two amazing sons and two beautiful daughters. Fides likes to walk and jog outdoors everyday and has as very difficult time resisting a slice of paradise cake.

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