Question Therapy 2-in-1: Asking & Answering for Yes/No & Wh Questions by Tactus Therapy- Review + Giveaway

Question Therapy 2-in-1: Asking & Answering for Yes/No & Wh Questions by Tactus Therapy- Review + Giveaway




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What we love…

easy to use, fully customizable, comprehensive, plenty of opportunities to elicit speech

What we’d love to see…

easier way to choose questions appropriate for the user’s age in Answering Therapy, ability to add your own custom questions specific to each user

Summary

An outstanding language app that develops and improves communicators skills by helping users understand Yes/No and WH Questions.

Our Rating

Question Therapy 2-in-1: Asking & Answering for Yes/No & Wh Questions2-in-1 Question Therapy, by Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd., is a powerful language therapy app that teaches how to ask and answer questions correctly. As its name suggests, it is a combination of 2 apps in 1: Asking Therapy and Answering Therapy. Both apps are comprehensive, easy to use, and fully customizable.

When creating users for both apps, you have the option to specify an email to send results to. You get to choose the gender of the automated voice and the number of trials (questions) per session. You can toggle settings for auto advance and external links. In Answering Therapy you also get to toggle settings for motivating messages and auto reinforcement. You get to select which questions are asked, the order in which they are asked, the type of stimulus used (audio and/or visual), and the default response mode (receptive, expressive, or generator).

Asking Therapy

There are four modes of therapy or play: Investigate, Yes/No Questions, WH Questions, and Question Spinner.

Investigate is the first thing you want to do with your child or client. It teaches WH questions using a 2 step process. First, an incomplete thought is presented and the user chooses a WH question to ask to get more information. Once all the information has been presented, the next step is for the user to match, using drag and drop, the WH question to the related information.

Yes/No Questions and WH Questions encourage users to ask questions by selecting from multiple choices, by putting together a question using words from a generator, or by verbally expressing it. You can toggle between these three options anytime during the session by selecting them from the icons on the top of the screen.

Question Spinner generates a set of words and users are encouraged to come up with as many questions as they can using those words.

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Answer Therapy

There are only two modes: Yes/No Questions and WH Questions.

In Yes/No Questions, users answer questions from simple personal questions (“Is your hair brown?”) and simple noun/verb identification questions (“Is this a boat?”/”Is this crawling?”) to more complex questions with 2 to 4 semantic elements (“Do you play with the computer after you turn it on?”).

In WH Questions, users answer WH questions randomly or sequentially in the following order: What, Who, When, Where, Why, How, How Many/Much/Long/Often, and Whose/Which. They can either answer by choosing the correct one from a list or by expressing it verbally. One of the things I love in Answer Therapy is the personalization option. By filling out a personal survey that asks for information such as the birthdates, names of family members, and number of siblings, the app generates questions specific to the user such as “Is your name [user name]?” You can even specify how names are pronounced by providing a phonetic spelling for the name. The app will display the actual spelling of the name but pronounce the phonetic spelling of it. Having personalized questions is great in keeping the user engaged and makes the session a lot of fun.

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According to the developer, Answer Therapy and Asking Therapy can be used for all ages. However, I found Answer Therapy to be geared mostly for adults. A lot of the questions have an adult theme. There are a few questions appropriate for children, but they are hard to pick out. I tried selecting questions that I thought would be appropriate for my 10 year old son, but I still kept ending up with some questions for adults. I’m sure that over time I would figure out which ones are child appropriate, but I would love an easier way to distinguish them from the adult oriented questions.

A great addition to have for this app would be a way for parents and therapists to write their own questions, specific to the user they are working with. It would definitely make this app even more valuable and helpful to those who need it. I would love to see this on a future update. My son loved working with Question Therapy. It held his attention well and I was able to isolate the WH questions he had the most difficulty with and set target goals for him. The motivating messages that pop on the screen whenever he passed a level was a great encouragement to him. I thought it was great that it took only a few questions to pass a level because it motivated him to keep going until he reached the last question. I also love that there are so many ways to elicit speech with this app, helping my son not only to develop his language skills but also to practice his articulation. If you are the parent of a or work with, a child who struggles with answering or asking questions, this app is a must have. I highly recommend it.

Question Therapy 2-in-1: Asking & Answering for Yes/No & Wh Questions – Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd.

Question Therapy 2-in-1: Asking & Answering for Yes/No & Wh Questions Question Therapy 2-in-1: Asking & Answering for Yes/No & Wh Questions by Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd.

Price: $29.99 USD

Two amazing apps in one! Question Therapy 2-in-1 combines Answering Therapy & Asking Therapy in a complete therapy program that saves you money!

"Question Therapy is the answer!" - Teachers with.

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 ArtikPix Levels Plus By Expressive Solutions – Review and Giveaway #BHSM

ArtikPix Levels Plus By Expressive Solutions – Review and Giveaway #BHSM




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For #BHSM we have x copies to give away of ArtikPix Levels Plus By Expressive Solutions, we reviewed this app in 2014 you can read our review below.

What we love…

Variety of levels from word to paragraph, customization options, ability to create own cards, ability to record both audio and video.

What we’d love to see…

Ability to use a cards for multiple target sounds, and to add pre-existing cards to custom decks

Summary

ArtikPix Levels Plus is the most comprehensive, flexible, articulation app I have yet come across – highly recommended !

Our Rating

Reviewed by Mary Mahon with input from Suzanne Berhow, SLP

ArtikPix Levels PlusArtikPix Levels is the latest articulation therapy app from Expressive Solutions. ArtikPix Levels Plus is the full version including all decks and features, a free version is also available which just includes the Th deck, with other decks available as in-app purchases. This review is of the full version, which includes almost 1,500 cards in 24 decks: b, ch, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, l-blends, m, n, p, r, r-blends, s, s-blends, sh, t, th, v, w, y, z.  ArtikPix Levels Plus also includes the ability to create your own decks, this is not included in the free version unless you purchase all decks.

The app allows creation of multiple student profiles, each with their own personalized settings, and up to 8 students can play at one time – making it very useful in group therapy settings. It is very customizable – for each student you can choose which decks to work on and you can further customize the decks by e.g. by choosing initial, medial or final, and can even pick which exact words to target. The app allows you to work at word, phrase, sentence or paragraph level, and you can also choose the syllable length (1-4)  of the target words. The best part is ArtikPix Levels remembers the configurations, so you don’t have to repeatedly select them to target your students’ needs.

There are 3 different activities in the app: Flashcards, Pick or Spin and Matching. Flashcards and Pick or Spin both include all 4 levels: word, phrase, sentence & paragraph; the Matching game just includes Word level. In each activity there is the option to record the student’s response and listen to it played back. This recording can be audio only or video and audio. Many articulation apps offer audio recording but this is the first time I have seen video recording included. This can be really useful for letting students see how their tongue and mouth position compares to the SLP or parent working with them for both correct and incorrect sound production. There is also an option to save these videos to the camera roll which can be a great asset in communication between SLPs and parents to show how a child is doing at producing a particular sound or word at home vs in therapy sessions.

Flashcards have color photographs and you can choose to have them narrated, or have the student read the text on the card. The paragraph level is designed to be read by the student so narration is not provided at this level. Within each session you can easily switch between word, phrase, sentence and paragraph levels by tapping on the tabs under the flashcard. The SLP or parent marks each production by tapping a x for incorrect, or check mark for correct, or a P to indicate prompts required. You can skip any cards that you wish and record any that you wish the student to hear &/see their production of.

Matching game has 3 difficulty levels : from 6 cards up to 20 cards, you can choose whether pair matches are removed or stay visible.

Pick or Spin : in this game an electronic machine picks a random card from the students decks, they can choose to say this card or spin again. The player can easily switch between word, phrase, sentence and paragraph levels by pressing buttons. The target e.g “initial l sentence” is displayed on the machine after each spin.

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Data recording:

In each activity, you can collect data separated by student and sound group for independent and prompted responses. You can collect prompted data as well (gestural, physical, verbal and visual) and write your own notes. After an activity, students’ data is saved in the app, and you can also easily share via clipboard or email.

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Custom Cards

ArtikPix Levels Plus also includes the ability to create your own cards. I love to have this option in articulation apps, my daughter has Apraxia and so we often have to customize which words she has as targets to work with her unique articulation patterns. With the custom card option I can use the exact word lists her SLP has chosen for her, even if some of those words are not in the app’s included word lists.

I love having the ability to add the student or their family members or pets names when they are working on a sound in those names, as these are important target words for them.

There are 3 ways to create cards: using photos from your camera roll, taking pictures with your device camera and using images from Bing image search (which is similar to Google images). Once you have an image you enter its target sound, syllable length, and enter the word, phrase, sentence and paragraph. You can also record audio for the word, phrase and sentence. The custom decks are available when you are working in all activities so you can choose to work on them alone or in combination with any of the pre-made decks in all activities.

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Much as I love the custom deck feature there are a few more features I would love to see added: the ability to integrate newly created cards into the pre-existing decks; ability to use cards for multiple target sounds e.g. to use lamp for both initial l and final p so that you don’t need to create it twice and ability to re-use existing cards in my custom decks.

Overall, this is an excellent articulation app -it is very flexible, allows lots of customization, choice of word, phrase, sentence and paragraph levels, ability to record and playback both audio and video and the ability to create your own custom decks. It is the most comprehensive, flexible, articulation app I have yet come across – highly recommended !

ArtikPix Levels Plus – Expressive Solutions LLC (Full version)

ArtikPix Levels Plus ArtikPix Levels Plus by Expressive Solutions LLC

Price: $29.99 USD

"It's the best app with the most flexibility I have ever used for articulation.” Suzanne Berhow, SLP
“I absolutely adore the app! It is so clean and crisp, full of content and options!” Angie.

ArtikPix Levels – Expressive Solutions LLC (Free version with IAP)

ArtikPix Levels ArtikPix Levels by Expressive Solutions LLC

Price: $FREE

"It's the best app with the most flexibility I have ever used for articulation.” Suzanne Berhow, SLP
“I absolutely adore the app! It is so clean and crisp, full of content and options!” Angie.

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 #BHSM Giveaway for Lisp Therapy from Abitalk

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Thanks to Abitalk we have promo codes to give away for Lisp Therapy for Better Hearing and Speech Month.

Free lite version iTunes link: Lisp Therapy Free – Abitalk Incorporated
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Lisp Therapy


by AbiTalk Incorporated

24.99 USD

This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad.
Lisp Therapy

Customer ratings: ( ratings)
Category: Education, Family, Games, Educational
Languages: English
Rated: 4+

Updated: 10.04.2015
Version: 1.02
Size: 94.98 MB
Requirements: 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

Description Lisp Therapy

Lisp Therapy by Abitalk Incorporated is an unprecedented new app for an issue that can be difficult to treat, frontal and lateral lisp. This app offers many ways to help children who have a lisp, including exercises for jaw placement, lateral tongue strength, lip rounding and more, with narrated explanations and helpful video demonstrations. In addition, there is a section of sound practice and a second that utilizes a minimal pairs approach. There is also a third that has students practice at the word, phrase and sentence level with the therapeutic exercises are in form of fun games! Lisp Therapy offers the option to record and play back audio for each sound in the practice, minimal pairs, flash card, phrases, and sentences, in the iOS app only. There is an option to record and playback video for each sound in the sound practice section. Smarty Symbols help to clarify words that some children may not be able to read, and there are settings to customize the app for each user in settings.

Lisp Therapy was created with a Certified Speech Language Pathologist and contains a section with visual and audio supports for placement of each sound. Sounds commonly affected by a lisp include /s/ and /z/ for frontal lisp and “sh”, “ch”, and “j” for lateral lisp. In sound practice, the student has the opportunity to practice the sound or sounds he or she is working on. This app also contains a minimal pairs approach to lisp therapy. In this section, two sounds are paired together, like “s” and “sh”, if a student is working on correctly articulating the “s” sound. In the app, the child is shown a picture and word on one side with the “th” sound and one with the “s” sound on the other. The goal is for children to feel the difference between the sounds when producing them, and to strengthen muscles used to make the sounds.

Key App Features:

- Ability to add unlimited users
- Ability to record and play back audio for each sound in practice, minimal pairs, flash card, phrases, and sentences. (*feature in iOS only)
- Ability to record and playback video for each sound in the sound practice section of the app (feature available in *iOS only)
- Exercises for jaw stability and lip rounding with visual support and narration
- Narration and visual support to help the therapist with tongue tip evaluation and lateral tongue strength
- Utilization of Smarty Symbols to identify words that children may not know
- Data tracking for correct and incorrect answers
- Content that is created by a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist
- Options to set the app to read words when clicked and read sentences while they are being built


In the last main section, the therapist can choose to work on the word, phrase or sentence level. At the word level, the engaging therapeutic games include flashcard, spinner, memory, and animation. Flashcard and memory are just like the traditional games, but designed with correct articulation in mind and utilizing Smarty Symbols and narration. Spinner is a neat game, in which the child taps a button to spin a colorful wheel to and the word it lands on is the one that must be practiced. In the phrase level, the student taps on each picture to hear the words pronounced, then attempts to correctly articulate the two-word phrase on their own. Finally, at the sentence level, students build sentences including an article, adjective, subject, verb, and object. Students build sentences utilizing available words from menus that include each part of speech. Once the sentence is built, it is shown and spoken. The goal is for the student to articulate the words with no errors. Lisp Therapy by Abitalk is unlike any other app. With the ability to target specific speech sounds and their position in each word and utilize Smarty Symbols, making the app accessible for children who do not the necessary reading comprehension, this app is a must have for every SLP!


What's new in Version 1.02

Fixed some bugs


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Key Word Kids by Language And Learning Steps Pty.Ltd – Review & Giveaway #BHSM2015

Key Word Kids by Language And Learning Steps Pty.Ltd – Review & Giveaway #BHSM2015



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What we love…

easy to use app designed for children from baby through late elementary school focusing on expressive and receptive language skills

What we’d love to see…

addition of multi-user profiles, localization of accent to specific geographies, and the ability for your child to pick an avatar for use in the app such as a boy or a girl

Summary

Great app for practicing expressive and receptive language skills as well as following directions.  Designed for children aged toddler though elementary school with special focus on special needs.

Our Rating

NOTE: This review was originally written in January 2014 and was re-posted. The app was not re-reviewed. The original post is available here.

Key Word Kids by Language and Learning Steps Pty. Ltd is a learning app designed for iOS and the iPad.  The app focuses on language comprehension and language expression using the “information carry word approach” using two characters Steffy and James and their interactions within the app.  Children are tested when they first open the app to determine what level they are at with examples of “show me the ball” as well as two other examples.  Based upon that the app provides recommendations on where you or your child should start within the app.  As the child progresses within the app, they must understand and follow directions using comprehension skills or use specific words to express objects related to  a specific theme such as farm, house, beach, Outback, and Africa.

In the expressive section, you can select an object like boots and record your voice giving directions such as “put the red boots in the closet” to describe a specific action.  Skills practiced in the app include: expressive and receptive language, finding objects, fine motor skills for the games, naming and describing objects, following directions and a series of steps. Language and Learning Steps was formed in 2013 when developing an educational therapy language app, based on the Derbyshire Language Program. Sue and Janet have developed this iOS App while participating in the Germinate Program of iLab, Uniquest (University of Queensland, Australia).

My son enjoyed the expressive section of the app where he could “build” a scene using various objects, once it was built we talked about what was in the scene before I recorded – or he recorded a description of it.  You can either “save” the scene for future use or “reset” it to put it back to a blank slate.  When you put the characters into the scene they could be doing specific tasks such as hopping or walking which was described when you inserted it into the scene.   My son really enjoyed this aspect of the app and we used the expressive portion to test his learning from the comprehension and direction part of the app.  We also used it to describe sequencing for routines such as bedtime or reading. books.

The comprehensive section of the app allows you to practice comprehension of two, three, four and five word sentences.  For example, you were asked “Where is teddy’s ball” which required you to find teddy on the screen and then isolate out the ball.  You were given up to four tries to complete a task successfully.  There is also a replay button which will repeat the words spoken on the screen if your child misses them the first time.

In the comprehension game, after successfully completing several screens you are rewarded with a game including: pop the bubbles (which asks you to pick red versus blue) and you are awarded points for successful completion.   Other games include the colour machine, water balloons, toy beat and ball smash.  You can also opt to skip the game as well.  The colour machine has you sort objects by color into three “buckets” of colors and awards points for successful completion.  The games practice expressive as well as fine motor skills.  My son had the most trouble with the water balloon game which required the character to dodge the water balloons and required precision in timing the running back and forth of the character.  he toy beat was a really fun game which required you to listen to music as well as following along to ensure that you tapped on the stars as they fell to make music.  This was by far my son’s favorite!  The last game requires you to “toy smash” all of a specific object, in this game you have to smash the bouncy balls with your finger which turns them into even smaller balls.

In terms of enhancements, I would like to see a multi-user capability added to the app.  Currently there is only one user so if you want to use it with multiple children you either need to use the same profile for all of them or lose your progress upon starting with another child.  The app is done with a Australian localized accent which was a bit challenging for my son who speaks American English.  For example, “Zebra” wasn’t spoken in the same way that he was used to hearing it and it asked him to find a biscuit (aka cookie)  – this is something that you should be aware of.  Things contained in this section include: find a specific item, perform a specific tasks, which animal is big/small, give the animal some water, finding an object in the field of objects.  As you progress directions get harder, such as brush Steffy’s teeth which requires finding the toothbrush and brushing her teeth.  Other tasks include, finding a specific thing on a object such as the dog’s head or taking the boat to dad.  It would also be nice to pick an avatar which matches the child either boy or girl for use in the games.  It would also be nice if when the child is asked to find an object – such as one that purrs that it not only has the cat purr but also says the name of the animal as well to connect the name of the object with the picture and sound.

The app contains no external links or advertising and is child safe.  Great app for practicing expressive and receptive language skills as well as following directions.  Designed for children aged toddler though elementary school with special focus on special needs.  I can see using this app in early intervention as well as in elementary school to practice skills with elementary school aged children especially around pronunciation of objects and describing them.

 


Key Word Kids Key Word Kids by Language And Learning Steps Pty.Ltd

Price: $24.99 USD

"Great app for practising expressive and receptive language skills and following directions." - The iMums

Key Word Kids is an educational therapy program app, supporting children's language development.

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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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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