Sort This Out Pack by Therapy Box Limited – Review

Sort This Out Pack by Therapy Box Limited – Review



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What we love…

Train theme, highly customizalbe, bright and lively graphics, animations and sounds.

What we’d love to see…

For the results to show not only what categories were worked on, but which categories they had difficulty in.

Summary

A fun train themed app that works on categorization skills.

Our Rating

Sort This Out Pack by Therapy Box Apps is a train themed educational game that works on children’s categorization skills. In this app, children will take a train ride to four different stations or destinations. At each station they will be presented with 2 categories represented by the train’s two box cars. They will sort 8 items into the two box cars. Once all items are sorted out correctly, the train will proceed to the next station. It has bright and lively graphics, animations, and sounds.

It is a very simple game but it is also customizable. Choose the settings option on the main menu to customize your child’s experience. You can choose which categories will be presented at each station. There are 22 categories included in the app, each with 12 items. You can edit the name and audio label for these category and item names. You can also create your own categories and items by uploading photos from the camera roll or taking a photo. You can switch “errorless learning” on or off. When errorless learning is on, items can only be placed under the correct category. When errorless learning is off, items placed incorrectly will show a minus (-) sign in blue. You can choose to show items to be sorted using pictures only, text only, or both depending on what skills you want to work on based on the child’s reading ability.

20131216-210310.jpgYou can customize the name for each station, but you cannot customize the look of the station. I would like to be able to customize the station through photos just like we are able to do when creating our own categories and items.

At the end of the game you get a results page that you can email. It displays the categories that were used in the game. I think it would be a lot more helpful if it could include the child’s name as well as show which categories, if any, they had difficulty in.

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This app was designed to be used with adult supervision, so there is no child protection for external links included.

If you are looking for an app that works on young children’s categorization skills, this is definitely one I would recommend trying out. Categories and items are unlimited because you can add your own, and the little ones are sure to find it entertaining and fun.

 

 

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Sort This Out Pack – Therapy Box Limited

Sort This Out Pack Sort This Out Pack by Therapy Box Limited
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: 343.98 MB

$1.99USD

 

 

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 Talk About It Objects by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development – Review

Talk About It Objects by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development – Review



What we love…

Love the target skills. Choices reflect kids responses when asked to describe objects. Excellent language development skills.

What we’d love to see…

Print all sessions per student in one report.

Summary

Targets higher level vocabulary skills! Fills void.

Our Rating

This app helps teach students how to describe objects by teaching them what information is important when describing an object. It is designed for 6-12 year olds.

A photo of an object is presented in the Guess Box and the child can read or listen to four sentences and find the one that tells the most specific and important information about the object.

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If the choice is wrong, an x is marked and the child continues to find the correct sentence. Incorrect sentences are usually true statements but they give unimportant or vague information. If the correct sentence is chosen, the statement is moved behind the curtain of the Talk About It Box and four more choices are presented until a pre-set number of details is found. The program can be set up to find 3 (default), 5 or 7 details per object.

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Once all the correct statements have been chosen, the child will have a chance to review them and practice recalling them verbally using the recording feature. When the record button is pushed, the curtain closes to hide the details but the child can touch the clue buttons for help. When the recording is stopped, the curtain opens and you can check the child’s recording against the statements and score accordingly. A recording feature always does wonders for students’ expressive language development.

There are many customization options available in the settings. The objects presented can be random or you can choose categories (animals, clothing and accessories, foods, household items, jewelry, musical instruments, places, vehicles, miscellaneous) or specific items. You can choose 3, 5 or 7 facts for each object. You can also decide to turn on or off the following items – guess boxes, feedback for incorrect answers, recording feature, hints, progress tracker and score display. There are three reward games that can be played after every 1, 3 or 5 objects or not play. Just a warning that kids can play the game over and over and not return to the Guess Box activity, if given a chance.

The pro version allows for 30 users versus one user for the home version. I would like to be able to select my own objects, save my settings automatically so I don’t have to set up every time and to be able to print all sessions for one student on one report instead of each session separately.

Talk About It Objects is a wonderful therapy tool that allows for much discussion and elaboration when used with an adult. This is a very difficult task for students with language delays. I love this app for some of my older elementary students who can label/name objects but need to learn describing skills! There are very few apps for these students with in between skills and this app fills a gap in targeted skills!

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Talk About It: Objects Home HD – Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development

Talk About It: Objects Home HD Talk About It: Objects Home HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development
Category: Education, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, 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: 166.14 MB

$2.99USD

Talk About It: Objects Pro HD – Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development

Talk About It: Objects Pro HD Talk About It: Objects Pro HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development
Category: Education, Educational, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, 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: 166.14 MB

$5.99USD

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 News: Preschoolers Discover That Letters Are Really “Talking Shapes” That Stand for Speech Sounds, in New Early Reading App from Talking Fingers Inc.

News: Preschoolers Discover That Letters Are Really “Talking Shapes” That Stand for Speech Sounds, in New Early Reading App from Talking Fingers Inc.



 Talking Shapes by Talking Fingers Inc. – Review & Giveaway

Preschoolers Discover That Letters Are Really “Talking Shapes” That Stand for Speech Sounds, in New Early Reading App from Talking Fingers Inc.

New iPad app from Talking Fingers teaches children that the words they say can be turned into words they see by building words with the letters they draw. Highly interactive stories and games let children record their own voices as they practice drawing letters, reading, spelling, phonemic awareness and phonics.

San Rafael, CA (PRWEB) October 17, 2013

Speech-to-print instruction for early reading is not a new idea in the world of teaching children. Maria Montessori was using this approach many years ago. But it took neuroscience to prove her right. Enter Jeannine Herron, Ph.D.

In her new iPad apps, Talking Shapes, children in preschool and kindergarten learn that letters are “talking shapes” that stand for speech sounds. Parents can launch their children on the path to becoming lifetime writers and readers by teaching them that the words they already know how to say can be turned into words they see!

Noted neuropsychologist, Dr. Jeannine Herron, has applied the most recent research on how young brains learn, to create wonderfully interactive stories about how two sisters invented the alphabet “long, long ago”. Letters are embedded in pictures that help children remember both the sound and shape of each letter.

Benefits:

Children acquire the necessary tools for efficient reading and writing. The alphabet makes more sense to children if they understand from the very beginning that words they say are made of different sounds and that they can construct words by assembling or drawing the letters that stand for those sounds.

children learn that spoken words are made of individual sounds (phoneme awareness).
children learn that letters stand for those sounds (phonics).
children learn how to draw those letters.
children learn how to sound-out and write 3-letter words.
Talking Shapes has been developed, in part, with a research grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). “Jeannine is one of the few scientists who can translate complex research findings into effective instructional solutions for kids,” says G. Reid Lyon, Ph.D., former Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch within the NICHD. Independent research has shown significant improvement in preschoolers’ skills after using Talking Shapes.

“Struggling readers”, according to Dr. Herron, “activate their right brains to read, but skilled readers use the left brain. By speaking the words first and sounding them out, children activate and build pathways in the left brain, where new, crucial links to visual words need to take place.”

Talking Shapes stories introduce all 40 speech sounds (phonemes) in English and the letters that stand for those sounds. Each story adds six new phonemes to the list and is accompanied by games that help children sound-out and build three-letter words, drawing the letters as they play. A reading game helps them decode and recognize the words they have spelled. For children in preschool to kindergarten, the set is unique in providing systematic incremental instruction, like a curriculum, that can be used by parents or teachers to help children develop new skills at their own pace. They can practice as much as they like before they move to the next story. With replay, new targets appear and each set of sound-letter associations becomes more and more automatic.

Talking Shapes stories are packaged in three apps. App One contains three books: The Fat Cat, The Silly Hen and The Dancing Pig. These books, together, teach 17 letters and 18 phonemes. At the end of The Dancing Pig, children should be able to sound-out, spell and read at least 30 words. The set of 3 books in App One sell for $5.99. Apps Two and Three are in development and will be released when completed.

Talking Shapes stories are available in the iTunes App Store, at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/talking-shapes/id714047485?ls=1&mt=8.

About Talking Fingers and Dr. Jeannine Herron:

Jeannine Herron is a research neuropsychologist who became interested in reading-related research in 1965 when she was co-founder and program director of the first Head-Start program in the nation—the Child Development Group of Mississippi, serving 5,000 children. She received her PhD. from Tulane Medical School and went on to do extensive neuroscience research in brain organization and dyslexia at the University of California San Francisco.

For the past 25 years, Dr. Herron and her company, Talking Fingers, have designed, developed and researched early reading and spelling software, Read, Write & Type (for grades K-2) and Wordy Qwerty (for grades 2-4), with three grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Voice-over help in nine languages makes Read, Write & Type an easily accessed online product for learning English literacy. Another grant from NICHD funded a collaboration on a product called SmartCycle, licensed to Fisher-Price, which became their “Toy of the Year” in 2008.

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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.
 Talking Shapes by Talking Fingers Inc. – Review

Talking Shapes by Talking Fingers Inc. – Review



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What we love…

how the app teaches and reinforces simple word pronouncement, spelling and putting it together as a word

What we’d love to see…

highlighting for the story as it is read, instructions that are read aloud for the reader to help them understand what task is required

Summary

This app, although a bit expensive provides a good educational experience for your child by using a “teach”, “do”, “learn” method that proved effective with my son.

Our Rating

Talking Shapes by Talking Fingers is an app for iOS used on the iPad designed by Dr. Jeannine Herron who designed the app after studying how young children learn best.  The app has children listen to a story, sound out letters, draw a letter using visual examples and then put letters together to form simple words. The app features three stories, the first of which is about two sisters who created the alphabet a long time ago.  Letters are embedded within the pictures to help children recognize words that begin with a particular letter as well as promoting recognition.  The app practices spoken words made up of specific individual sounds (phonemes), learning about what letters stand for specific sounds (phonics), drawing/tracing letters which practices fine motor skills and letter recognition, sounding out three letter words and putting them together as a word.
The app teaches 17 letters in the three books and 18 individual letter sounds and by the end of the app, children have been exposed to sounding out, spelling and reading 30 words.  Talking Shapes was developed with a research grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to help provide instructional solutions for preschoolers and early elementary aged children.
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In all three stories, after exposing the child to the word, they need to speak it, trace the letter both stand alone, on the object as well as without a sample to teach reproduction.  Navigation within the story is done by using a “next button” and the app utilizes the microphone on your iPad to practice speaking the word to ensure you have appropriate pronunciation.

Book One is “The Fat Cat” is about “Pat” and “Nat” who are two girls who created the alphabet a “long time ago” and a story about a fat cat that sat on a hat and how the girls attempt to write down the story to help preserve it.  The stories provide visuals to explain that each time that a persons lips move they create a new sound and explains that words when they are spoken are simply sounds that are drawn on a piece of paper which means that they are creating the alphabet.  This story teaches the following words: “cat”, “fat”, “hat”, “sat” within the story.

Book Two is “The Silly Hen” which teaches the word “fan”, “pan” and “can” by simply switching the first letter out for each of the words.  In addition, it teaches, “let”, “pet” and “net”, “he” and “me”.  The story teaches similar concepts to the first story and explains how to make the letter – for example, the letter “L” is done by going “down and across” to shape the letter.  This story teaches 11 letters in total.

Book Three is “The Dancing Pig” is a story about additional letters that the girls invented after having so much fun making the other stories.    Words taught in this story include, “big”, “pig”, “dig” , “wig” .

 

iPad Screenshot 4The app presents simple stories in the “read to me” which are used in conjunction with word pronunciation, writing the letter in context and hearing the story.   The app then allows you to draw letters, find the letters and find the shapes.

The find the letters requires children to find specific letters to match an emotion and spell out a word like “pig”, “sad”   Children must correctly sequence the letters in order to complete the word.  It does give instructions – although they are not read out loud on how to complete each specific game.  If a letter is placed in error, it simply pops back up to the top and does not provide feedback to the user on why they it didn’t fit.

In terms of enhancements, I would like to see the ability to have word highlighting within the stories as they are read to the user.  In addition, it would be nice if a word was describing a specific action like “wag” if that the tail actually did a wag from the dog.  I would also like to see the instructions for the games read aloud since the app teaches budding readers.

This app would be a great addition to your library for parents of a preschooler or early elementary school aged child.  I found that the app engaged my son and encouraged him to pronounce words correctly, spell out specific letters, match them and more.  Be sure to check out our video for a more complete overview of the app.  It provides a comprehensive view of a variety of letter sounds and encourages children to hear them, pronounce them, draw/trace them and finally put them together. My son was very engaged with the app and asked to play it several times while I was testing it. The app contains no external links or in-app purchases. I encourage parents to read the “i” button as it provides a great context for the activities contained within and how to best use the app with your child or children.

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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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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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