PUZZINGO Puzzles (Pro Edition) – Animated Kid’s Puzzles by 77Sparx Studio, Inc. – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

fun and jam packed with lots of fun

What we’d love to see…

few adjustments to the exit buttons and changes to the mini after games as well as a more “natural” ending

Summary

fun app loaded with lots of puzzles to keep the little entertained.

Our Rating

The Puzzingo Puzzles app by 77SPARX Studio is packed with engaging puzzles of different sorts. This app is great for children under 5 and will have little ones coming back for more.

Children will go ‘Puzzingo’ for all the puzzles this app has to offer, each contained within the 16 different games available. This app comes with hundreds of puzzle pieces in over 50 puzzles with new puzzles added constantly. Once empty shapes are filled with matching objects, you can feed a clown, race a car, fly a plane, decorate a dessert, feed or catch monsters in rewarding mini games.

My miss three is obsessed with puzzles so this app is perfect for her, she loves matching empty shapes with objects and the app has great audio and visual to teach her the alphabet as well as new words, shapes, colours and numbers. The added dimension of extra mini games once you complete the puzzles is very enticing and entertaining for little ones.

Our favourite games are the pets, dinosaurs, animals, princesses & fairies and core concepts and it keeps her very entertained which is great for road trips, trips to the coffee shops or a quiet play before bed.

My daughter finds it tricky at times to exit the games as it has a swiping option and then an exit door option but she is getting the hang of it. The only other downside is that the mini games keep going and don’t seem to end which can be a bit frustrating for little ones.

The Puzzingo Puzzles Pro edition includes all the puzzles from Puzzingo Puzzles Free edition not including in-app purchases which is great especially when there are so many games in the app. It does however come with a preview of the Wonster Words app which has a download option.  In terms of price, I’d like to see the price a bit more on par with the $10 range even though a lot of content is offered since I believe it would mean more people would purchase it.  Spending $15 on an app can seem like a lot, especially if you are not sure of the longevity of the app.

We love this app, it has so much to offer and is both educational and entertaining at the same time.

alison

Your child can spend hours exploring all of the different puzzles in the app and still not play every one of them. My son has used Puzzingo since he was three (when we first introduced the iPad and still enjoys playing it at 7!


PUZZINGO Kids Puzzles (Pro)
PUZZINGO Kids Puzzles (Pro)
by 77Sparx Studio, Inc.

Category: Education, Games, Puzzle
Requirements: Compatible with 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: 380.24 MB

$14.99USD

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Catherine is a mother of a little miss almost 3 years old. Originally from France she now lives in Melbourne, Australia. She loves to explore their beautiful city with her daughter and sharing their adventures with other parents. Catherine has a passion for social media, blogging, technology and food. Before the arrival of her daughter, Catherine was studying and working in the field of IT and still loves all things tech! She loves finding new apps for her daughter to learn and play with and share great apps with other parents.


ConversationBuilder by Mobile Education Store –Review & Giveaway #BHSM



For Better Hearing and Speech Month 2015 we have 2 copies of this app to give away. We reviewed it in 2011, you can read our full review below.

20111105-172332.jpgConversation Builder is part of the Builder series of Language apps from Mobile Education Store, which was founded by Kyle Thomson, to create engaging language apps for children with high functioning Autism. In doing so he has created a range of apps that are not only suitable for children on the autism spectrum, but for any child needing to work on their language skills.

The app includes a very detailed instruction page, which explains all of its features and also includes a link to a video tutorial. Before you can start to use the app you need to create a user profile including name, age, city and interests, this information is used to personalise the app for the individual student.

The concept is simple – the student sees a photograph of a child engaging in an activity, and then has a conversation with the child based on the activity. At each turn the student has to choose from 3 responses, and pick the best one for moving the conversation forward in a natural way. If they choose an inappropriate response they are gently redirected to try again, once they have the correct response they can record themselves, and then hear a pre-recorded response. This pattern is repeated, and then the student gets to play back the whole conversation – and basically hears themselves conversing with the child in the picture. This provides incredible feedback – they just love to hear themselves having a successful 2-way conversation.

20111105-200111.jpgYou can continue on this level or increase the conversation length to 8 utterances (4 from the student and 4 pre-recorded). The app can also be used in a group setting, where instead of the app providing the responses it just gives a picture to start the conversation and then the iPad is passed from child to child for their part of the conversation, and then they can listen to the recording of the whole conversation. You can also save or email recorded conversations.

This is a wonderful app on many levels – it teaches the nuances of conversation e.g. how it’s often better to ask a question rather than just make an observation, how to stay on topic but also when it’s OK to introduce a new subject. It also helps by teaching ways to initiate a conversation and how to keep the conversation flowing naturally. Learning how to have a real 2-way conversation with your peers is a really important life-skill, but it can be hard to master. Trying to learn these skills by role-playing with adults or their peers can be a very awkward and painful experience, but by doing this with the iPad it becomes fun. Having the material presented in a visual as well is auditory format is also very helpful.

This app is very useful for special needs children who need extra help with their social skills, but it is also an incredibly useful tool for any child who needs help in developing their conversational skills. Being able to freely converse with their peers is a very important skill that many normally developing children also struggle with, and it is hugely important for helping to build and maintain friendships.

20111105-200120.jpgThe app includes 160 conversations. I highly recommend this app as it has really helped my own shy 7 year old with his conversational skills.

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ConversationBuilder™ – Mobile Education Store LLC

ConversationBuilder™
ConversationBuilder™
by Mobile Education Store LLC

Category: Education, Medical
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 121.29 MB

$19.99USD

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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).


So Much 2 Say – AAC app – Review & Giveaway #BHSM 2015



For #BHSM 2015 we have 3 copies of So Much 2 Say from Clode 2 Home apps to giveaway. This app was previously reviewed by Jill in 2012- you can read her review below, please note the app has had several updates since this review was written.

Reviewed by Jill

So Much 2 Say - Picture CommunicationSo Much 2 Say by Close 2 Home apps is a versatile tool for basic communication when used by the right learner and communication partner.  It was created expressly for the highly impacted segment of the special needs population. The app is recommended for individuals who are non verbal and lack an effective means to communicate basic needs and wants. Depending on the cognitive capabilities of the learner, it might first be used as a flash card app for vocabulary acquisition. Once familiarity with pictures and objects is established, the app can be set up as a choice board with up to twelve choices. As the learner’s ability to discriminate among the cards increases, category navigation can be enabled thereby transforming the app into a simple Picture Exchange Communication system with voice output.

The power of this app is in the ability to import one’s own images and create categories meaningful and useful for the user. Communication partners that have Velcro picture strips on their refrigerators or avid scrap bookers would be a good fit for the task of making the most of the app. Initial setup could prove daunting for some even though actually making cards is quick and easy. If one’s goal is to download an app and have conversations in complete sentences five minutes later, this is not the app to choose, it is not Proloquo Lite.

The mechanics of the app are solid. The preloaded cards and images are high quality if minimal. It can be used equally well in landscape or portrait mode. Cards can be hidden when not applicable to the exchange at hand. Editing can be password locked to prevent accidental deletions. Recording one’s own voice lends an air of familiarity and makes for a more pleasant output than the robo voices of most AAC apps. My favorite feature is the strong visual feedback. When a card is selected it comes to the forefront and is slightly expanded while other cards are grayed out. Since the app is aimed at more impaired individuals, I do wish that it offered even more accessibility features to expand its target audience.

The developer’s website has some helpful Getting Started tips, as well as You Tube videos demonstrating editing and various other features. I would suggest working with an SLP or teacher if available when creating categories. Another alternative to make the process easier would be to copy categories from the Lite version of a full featured AAC app. The app was recently updated to provide a Drag ‘n Drop card sharing support to enable copying of communication cards from one iPad to another running So Much 2 Say (read about the new updates below).   This is a great addition that will ease set up even further and provide schools and institutional users especially a head start.   Watch this exciting new feature in action in the video below.

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I am a big fan of “off-label” use of apps and So Much 2 Say is a prime candidate for stretching capabilities. Many families like this app’s developers juggle the needs of multiple children with communication challenges. For the dedicated do it yourselfer, So Much 2 Say offers the perfect framework for articulation practice. With a willing SLP providing the appropriate words for each target sound, it’s a simple matter of importing photos and clearly articulating for the voice recording.

This app enjoys very positive word of mouth and is among the better known apps in its category so it is a viable choice for the appropriate beginning communicator and his or her willing partner. I do recommend getting a refrigerator mount such as the one made by Modular if using this or a similar app as having a voice is no good if it’s kept in a backpack or other out of sight location.

So Much 2 Say – Picture Communication – Close 2 Home Apps, LLC

So Much 2 Say - Picture Communication So Much 2 Say - Picture Communication by Close 2 Home Apps, LLC

Price: $18.99 USD

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"I highly recommend So Much 2 Say for the beginning communicator who needs a cost effective fully flexible and customizable.

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#BHSM Giveaway for Speech Sounds for Kids by Multimedia Speech Pathology



 For #BHSM 2015 Multimedia Speech Pathology have kindly given us codes for both US and Australian version of the app to giveaway. You can read our review below and enter to win via the rafflecopter at the bottom of the page.
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What we love…

Comprehensive app manual. Cute sound buddies, matching games, ability to record and playback, and fun activities keep children engaged whilst working on articulation, auditory discrimination and phonemic awareness.

What we’d love to see…

Ability to customize no. of repetitions, minor changes to matching game

Summary

a great app for children working on speech at the sound and word level. I love it’s multi-sensory approach

Our Rating

Speech Sounds For Kids - US EditionSpeech Sounds for Kids is an iPad only app developed by Australian developer Multimedia Speech Pathology, who also created Speech Sounds on Cue which we have previously reviewed. It is available in both US and Australian English versions ,and is designed for kids aged 4-7 years. Free lite versions are also available. This review is of the full US version. I tested the app with my almost 7 year-old daughter with CAS  (Apraxia) who has had 5 1/2 years of Speech Therapy; Suzanne B., SLP also tested it with her speech students.

The app uses a multi-sensory approach and is based on the Speech Sound Set by Pelican Talk Speech Therapy Resources. It is designed to work on phonemic awareness; speech sound production; and auditory and articulatory awareness.

The app works on the 22 consonant sounds and each is represented by a “Sound Buddy” – a cute character such as Furry Fox  (F) or Charlie Choo Choo (Ch). The picture of the sound buddy that appears throughout the app shows the correct mouth position for making that sound. The app has multiple student profiles and collects data on each student which can be emailed (e.g. to their SLP). It also includes a very comprehensive user manual which can be accessed from anywhere in the app..

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In each session a child can work on from 2-4 sounds. If they are using the app for Phonemic awareness they should work their way through all the sounds in rotation, if they are using it for articulation they should work on a sound they are having difficulty with paired with the sound they use in its place. Once you have chosen which sounds to work on a train appears with each of the chosen sound buddies in it.

The app can work at both the sound and word level, it is recommended to do all the sound activities for each of the chosen sound buddies before moving on to the combined sound activities, word activities and combined word activities.

There is a lot to this app. Working at the sound level there are 4 activities: Learn the sound, Listen for the sound, Copy the sound and Say the Sound. I will describe the activities for “f” Furry Fox (they are the same for each of the sound buddies).

Learn the Sound.

This has 5 parts:

  • A video showing a child’s mouth as they make the sound.
  • Furry Fox’s name and sound written by his picture, followed by  a short animated video of Furry Fox making an f sound, accompanied by a narrator describing how to make an f sound.
  • Hand cue- a short video of a hand cue for reinforcing the sound. Using a hand cue helps with learning and retrieval, this is especially important in children with Apraxia. I’ve seen first hand how useful hand cues can be with my daughter.
  • Listen to the sound
  • Say the sound- the children can record themselves and immediately listen to the play back.

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Listen for the Sound

My daughter loved this section!! A line drawing of the Furry Fox is on the screen, the child listens for his sound and taps the picture every time they hear it. Tapping at the correct time gradually colors in the picture.

Copy The Sound

The child hears the sound whilst looking at a picture of  Furry Fox. Then they repeat it whilst recording themselves and listen to the playback, the SLP or parent then marks if it is correct or incorrect, they can also save a speech sample for later and make notes. This is repeated 4 times. I would love the ability for the adult to vary the number of repetitions. Children with apraxia need to do a lot more repetitions than children with other speech problems, so when we were working at sound level we’d often do 30-50 repetitions of a sound in session. You can access the videos from ‘learn the sound’ during this activity if the child needs help.

Say The Sound

This is the same as copy the sound except the child doesn’t her the sound first, the narrator says” furry fox says” and then the child records their response.

 

Combined Sound Activities

After working the the sounds individually the child can move on to working on all their selected sounds together. There are 4 activities in this section: Who said That Sound?, Match The Sound, Copy All Sounds and Say all Sounds.

Who said That Sound?

Pictures of all the selected sound buddies are on the screen surrounded by 4 empty boxes. Tapping on the ear symbol the child will hear a sound spoken. They need to them tap on the correct sound buddy, if the tap correctly one of the empty boxes by that buddy will fill- in with his picture.

Match The Sound

A classic matching game with a choice of 8, 12, 18 or 24 cards. For each card of a pair one will have an audio tag that says e.g. “furry fox says..” the other will say “fffff”.

Copy all Sounds 

This is the same as Copy the Sound when working on individual sounds but this time there are 3 repetitions of each sound.

Say all Sounds 

This is the same as Say the Sound when working on individual sounds, but this time there are 3 repetitions of each sound.

 

Word Activities.

These can be worked on words for each sound buddy individually and then the child can move on to combined word activities with words from all selected sounds. There are over 300 words in the app in total.

Hear The Words

Here they hear again “Furry Fox Says ffff”, followed by a list of words beginning with F.

Match The Words

Matching game similar to Match The Sounds but at the word level. They hear the word for one of the matching cards and a sentence with the word missing for the other card. It would be nice to have the option to only have the pictures labelled with the word, for children in the early stages ,and then to be able to play both with the word and the fill-in sentence later.

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Listen For The Word

A picture of Furry Fox is on the screen to remind the child which sound they are working on, and a big box surrounded by 6 smaller boxes is center screen. A word is said as a picture of it appears in the large box , if it begins with F they must tap it. Correct responses appear as small pictures around the large one.

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Copy The Word

The child records 2 repetitions of the word after hearing it and whilst looking at its picture, the adult marks it as correct or incorrect. I’d like to also have an ‘approximation’ option – for when a child gets the target sound correct but not the whole word correct.

Say The Word

The child must record themselves saying the word twice after seeing its picture and hearing a clue to the word but without hearing the word itself.

Combined Word Activities

The child can move on to combined word activities where the repeat the above activities but with words randomly mixed from all the sound buddies being worked on.

 

Summary 

I think this is a great app for children working on speech at the sound and word level. I love it’s multi-sensory approach and the videos of the mouth movements and hand cues. I also like that it works on auditory discrimination and phonemic awareness more than most articulation apps. In general I prefer photographs over drawings to illustrate words in a articulation app, but my daughter said she liked the drawings and would pick them over photos! Both my daughter and Suzanne’s students really liked the app – which is important as an app is only useful if the child will use it! My daughter’s summary “I tested it and I like it!” (and after 5 1/2 years of Speech Therapy she definitely doesn’t say that about all speech apps!)  The cute sound buddies, matching games, ability to record and playback, and fun activities such as coloring in a picture when hearing the right sound keep children engaged. Multiple student profiles and record keeping are useful features too.
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Speech Sounds For Kids – US Edition – Mulitmedia Speech Pathology

Speech Sounds For Kids - US Edition Speech Sounds For Kids - US Edition by Mulitmedia Speech Pathology

Price: $12.99 USD

Speech Sound for Kids is an iPad app for promoting phonemic awareness, auditory discrimination and speech sound production using a multi-sensory approach.

This app can provide many hours of speech.

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If you would like to win a promo code for this app, please enter via the widget below, US and Australian versions available. Winners will be emailed and must contact The iMums within 48 hours to claim their prize. This giveaway is open to everyone, worldwide, and an iTunes account is required to claim the prize. Please ensure you have read and understand our Terms & Conditions. Good luck!
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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).

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