Listening Power K-3 by Hamaguchi Apps- Review



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Summary

Overall, this is a very high-quality app for targeting auditory comprehension skills of elementary school children ages 5-10 years. It is obvious that much consideration was placed on the customization of difficulty levels and the selection of the targets themselves. The colorful illustrations and animations are engaging and motivating. The variety of targets and ability to customize this app to meet the needs of many different skill levels allows this app to grow with your child.

Our Rating

Listening Power Grades K-3 HDListening Power K-3 by Hamaguchi Apps is a wonderful app for developing auditory comprehension of vocabulary and concepts in elementary school-aged children. The developer is a licensed speech-language pathologist and has several other apps which target verbal expression, following directions, and pragmatic skills. We have also reviewed Listening Power Preschool and Listening Power 4-8+

 

There are five different activities in Listening Power K-3: descriptions (adjectives i.e. shortest, cold, green), meaning (vocabulary concepts), grammar (pronouns, verb tenses, negation), word memory, and stories (with comprehension questions).  The app provides 150 listening opportunities for each activity (50 at each difficulty level) so your child will be presented with a wide variety of stimuli (over 1000).

 

In the Listening for Descriptions activity, children need to identify the picture showing the correct characteristics. On the easy level, there are 2 descriptors to listen for (“Show me the green truck with white tires.”) The intermediate level has 3-4 descriptive concepts to distinguish between (“Where is the man with a moustache holding a red guitar?”) The advanced level has up to five critical elements (i.e. Find the girl with long black hair who is wearing a red shirt with long sleeves.)

 

The Listening for Meaning activity involves identifying the correct picture or definition for a vocabulary word (i.e. Easy level presents pictures: luggage, duckling, triangle; Intermediate: disappointed, perform, container; Advanced: envious, wealthy, patient). The intermediate and advanced settings only present information auditorily although text can be shown if necessary.

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In the Listening for Grammar activity, children must identify the sentence that contains a mistake (i.e. Easy: “He put on hims shoes.” Intermediate: “Her cat finded a mouse.” Advanced: “The women is having a meeting.”)

 

Listening for Word Memory requires recall of a certain number of words in the correct order from a field of 9 (Easy: 2-3 words; Intermediate: 4-5 words; Advanced: 6 words). There are unlimited combinations for this activity.

 

In the Listening for Stories activity, children are presented stories of increasing length and complexity and then asked comprehension questions about what they heard. The easy level has fictional stories with questions about who, what, and where. In the more difficult levels, non-fiction stories are included and the content and questions become increasingly more challenging. There is the option of turning on background noise to increase the auditory demand of the task. There are 25 stories for each level with 5 questions per story for a total of 375 unique listening tasks.

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The app is easy to navigate and has highly-customizable settings. The ease-of-use is enhanced by a wonderful demo video highlighting the settings and features of the app. Each activity has individual settings for difficulty (easy, intermediate, and advanced) as well as the ability to select number of choices (2, 3, or 4). This ability to customize settings allows for the accommodation of a wide range of skill levels.

Another nice feature is that the choices are not made visible until the entire question has been presented auditorily. This helps the child focus on the verbal instructions and eliminates impulsive selections. You also have the option to make the text visible or only provide the auditory directions.

Additionally, only correct choices are reinforced. If a child selects the wrong picture, nothing happens although the data tracking will indicate a wrong choice. After the correct choice is selected, the target concept is restated which also helps to solidify learning.

Individual users can be tracked and in the full version you can even add members to a group while still keeping individualized settings and data tracking for each child. Data for each of the five different activities is also tracked separately to give an individualized overview of the child’s progress in each area. These are excellent features for speech therapy sessions.

 

Finally, there are two options for reward games. In the Door Game, kids need to open doors to find where the character is hiding. For Shoot the Basket, kids randomly make a basket when they press a button to shoot a basketball. These reinforcement activities can be set to occur at different intervals or turned off altogether.

Overall Impressions:

Overall, this is a very high-quality app for targeting auditory comprehension skills of elementary school children ages 5-10 years. It is obvious that much consideration was placed on the customization of difficulty levels and the selection of the targets themselves. The colorful illustrations and animations are engaging and motivating. The variety of targets and ability to customize this app to meet the needs of many different skill levels allows this app to grow with your child.

In terms of improvements: it may be beneficial to have wrong choices disappear as they are selected to help narrow down the choices. There were some wording errors i.e. mention of a “tire swing” when a regular swing was pictured; use of the description “red dress” when the picture showed a red shirt instead. These are simple fixes that can be implemented in future updates.

This app would be particularly useful for speech pathologists who work with elementary students in groups; but I would also recommend this app for any K-3rd child needing to work on attention and listening skills.

 

iTunes Link: Listening Power Grades K-3 HD – Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development

Listening Power Grades K-3 HD Listening Power Grades K-3 HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development

Price: $19.99 USD

This app is the proud winner of the Academics' Choice Award for Smart Media! http://www.academicschoice.com/apps/listening-power-k-3.php

This is the app you’ve been waiting for! Listening Power.

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Shari is a married mother of four from Illinois. She works as a speech pathologist in a rehab setting and loves to use apps in therapy. She is a self-proclaimed "Appaholic"- always on the look out for great apps!


Autism Core Skills: A curriculum to teach academic, social, and communication skills by Infiniteach Inc – Review



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What we love…

comprehensive curriculum designed by Autism experts to build early literacy, social skills in a variety of teaching methods which reward kids for completing themed lessons. It takes what used to be shelves of materials, translates them to lessons all in one easy to load app that can be used when and where you need it rather than having to create and carry around materials

What we’d love to see…

ability to practice some of the games that involve turn taking virtually

Summary

Overall, I felt that this app had a huge amount of content included for the price and could be a great supplement to be used at home during therapy sessions, to reinforce learning at school as well as making sure they stayed on task.

Our Rating

Autism Core Skills: A curriculum to teach academic, social, and communication skills, collect data, and individualize lessons. By Infiniteach.

Core Skills by Infiniteach Inc is an educational iPad only app built by autism experts who have worked with children on the Autism Spectrum. The app is designed for those with autism or other developmental delays to help them reach their fullest potential. The app offers materials ranging from preschool through first grade level lessons in academics, social and communication domains based on Common Core Learning Standards.  Infiniteach is an autism edteach company which is dedicated to developing educational iPad apps for students on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Christopher Flit, the Founder and Chief Creative Officer was a special education teacher who trained over 12,000 parents and teachers in Illinois and across the United States about best practice autism strategies.  Katie, a co-founder is a former Special Education Teacher and has a brother on the Autism Spectrum.  Lally, a co-founder, is a behavioral therapist who works with children and adults who have ASD.  The company was formed when the three came together with the shared believe that unlimited access to proven teaching strategies can help children with autism and developmental delays increase independence and create meaningful relationships.

It includes a number of features, which are highlighted below that allow children with developmental delays or ASD to work on social and communication skills either with another adult such as a parent or therapist or a peer.  The app collects and saves data from all lessons and can be used on two iPads.  Infiniteach Inc. also offers a one week trial so you can determine if the app is a good fit for your child/situation.

Features/Games included within the app

  • Skill building:  The academic lessons include foundational lessons for preschool (color concepts, big/ little, shapes, picture match, etc.), math (counting, grouping, addition, etc), and reading (lower and uppercase find, sight words, rhyming, main ideas and details, etc.).  
  • Social and Communication Lessons: The social interaction lessons provide two-player games that teach cooperative play and the importance of turn taking, such as following rules and sharing. The communication lessons help students express themselves and build conversation skills while working with a partner. This section can be adapted where the user asks questions and the other person types it in (which is great to practice listening skills!) as well as used to practice turn taking.
  • Themes: range from animals, trains, sports, food and many more which engage kids and after the successfully finish a lesson they are rewarded with brief video. The video aligns with the theme in the lesson.  You can turn on and off specific themes depending on your child’s interest.
  • Data Collection:  dashboard where data on lessons is recorded and displayed in charts and graphs which can be shared and printed. As each student completes their lessons, data is automatically collected, stored, and graphed which can be shared or printed.
  • Printable Materials: There are also off iPad activities available (printable worksheets/curriculum) that parents or teachers can print and then manually add results to the data graphs which allows for continued data collection. The worksheets help take lessons learned within the app and move them to a more concrete “real world” application.  Once they are completed, they can be kept and used as sample work in a portfolio or discarded.
  • Frustration Free Learning: Lessons adjust in difficulty to ensure children are always learning at relevant levels of proficiency. The app also includes visual lists and errorless learning (for example – if the child starts to make mistakes, then the lesson gets easier) or vice versa which ensures your child stays on task and engaged with the app.
  • Collaboration:  With a paid account, you get a free collaborator account which helps ensure continuity of learning – this could be a teacher, parent or even a therapist and data is synced between the accounts. The child can practice with the collaborator on their iPad in the same room at the same time.
  • Customized profiles: The customized profile allows you to enter and save information about your child including interests, attention span, specific themes, making this great for small classroom and home usage.

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I loved the amount of material contained within the app.  I have spent hours exploring it, and have found lots of great lessons which I tested out with my son. I liked how you could choose specific themes for the app – so if trains or the ocean was a particular favorite it was easy to get specific themed lessons around that.  Gathering the data was helpful too – and once your child starts a lesson they are “locked” into it where the parent has to enter a passcode for them to exit.  This means that they will focus on the app – and hopefully complete the activities successfully.  You can change the pin number, so kids don’t get to know what it is even if they see you enter it.  I liked also that the app encouraged not only learning material, but applying it both on and off device as well as the ability to ask questions. The keyboard and social skills games were a bit confusing for my son.  I love how the content is customized and that it gets easier or harder depending on how your child does – then you can track it over time to see if a pattern emerges.  I liked the turn taking activities – and my son did too once he understood “why” the screen flipped.  The images within the app helped my son remember better than just words on the screen which appeals to those that may learn in a variety of different ways.  The support experience is fast – and they are working to develop more support for parents and children who are using the app. The app also moves from printed or physical materials which have to be designed, used and then finally stored when not in use. Now you can just launch an app on your device, customize the content to them and have it ready in moments and on the fly rather than having to plan it out to be ready for a therapy session.

In terms of enhancements, the keyboard and social skills games were a bit confusing for my son.  He didn’t understand why typing on the keyboard was “upside down” from the way that the words printed on the screen.  I kept trying to explain to him that it wasn’t upside down, and he was meant to be sitting across from me but since he’s used to the dynamic keyboard on the iPad which flips when it is oriented he was bothered by it.  The app is used in portrait mode – and it does not automatically flip when you re-orient the iPad – which isn’t a problem per se but does require some explaining for kids.  I would love to see a way where the collaborator and student during turn taking games could collaborate even if they were not in the same room.  Right now, I’ve only been able to figure out how to do it when both people are in the room and can press the arrow.   The login portion of the app was a bit cumbersome and the developer recently changed it so you can do an in-app purchase to unlock additional content rather than having to use their website.  I’d also like to have the ability to have printables specific to the curriculum you are working on emailed so I didn’t have to login to another location.

Overall, I felt that this app had a huge amount of content included for the price and could be a great supplement to be used at home during therapy sessions, to reinforce learning at school as well as making sure they stayed on task.  The reporting, customized content and information help to provide a comprehensive set of materials for late preschool through early elementary school to ensure that consistency is measured along with the material learned.  By using images, touch screen and manipulation of content students move from passive learners to those immersed in their education and are likely to retain more content.

The app has In-App Purchases for the material after the one week trial.

  • $99.99/USD annually for one student profile (home use)
  • $139.99/USD annually for up to 5 student profiles (Medium)
  • $189.99/USD annually for up to 10 student profiles (Premium)

Autism Core Skills - Academic, Communication, and Social Skills Plus Data
Autism Core Skills - Academic, Communication, and Social Skills Plus Data
by Infiniteach Inc

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: 153.73 MB

$FREE

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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.

 

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. 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.


Avaz Pro – AAC App for Autism by Avaz, Inc. – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

Intuitive, easy to navigate interface

Purposeful tutorial with practice mode and strategy tips

Cutting-edge predictive text

Ease of editing and adding content

Amazing wealth of resources to support the caregiver

What we’d love to see…

Perhaps they could expand the communication adventures tutorial to meet the needs of older, nonverbal students.

Otherwise, I am hard-pressed to recommend any improvements at this time. They’ve truly thought of everything.

Summary

AVAZ Pro has set the standard for what an AAC app should be.  From the indispensable tutorials and caregiver support, to the predictive text and analytics, AVAZ Pro is one of the most intuitive and innovative AAC apps I’ve seen to date.  I highly recommend this exceptional app to support the communication of those without a voice.

Our Rating

Avaz Pro - AAC App for Autism (Augmentative Picture Communication Software for Children with Special Needs)AVAZ Pro is an outstanding AAC app designed for children on the Autism spectrum and those with complex communication needs.  The app was developed in collaboration with 25 schools and 500 children to help those with autism achieve the most effective communication possible.

As with most AAC apps, there are highly customizable settings for editing page lay-out, vocabulary, icons, and folders.  The home page is your starting point.  You can select from 1 to 40 pictures to be shown on the screen per page depending on the child’s communication level or visual limitations.  There are 3 pre-set levels (1: 15 pics, 2: 24 pics, 3: 40 pics) to help customize the board to your child’s needs.  Symbolstix icons (similar to Board Maker) are used to illustrate the concept of each button.  The buttons are color coded by parts of speech (i.e. verbs are green).

The home page gives access to several commonly used words (yes/no, I, you, want) and folders which are organized by category (i.e. people, food, things, places, actions).  One folder has “quick” pre-set phrases while another has a set of topics including the child’s interests and hobbies. Access to a set of core words can be found on the menu to the right of the main button layout.  As always, these folders and buttons can be easily edited according to the child’s needs and interests. Under settings, you can adjust the format of the screen (number of buttons per page from 1-40), what is spoken (each word selected vs only the message box), size of pictures/text, zoom preferences, color coding, and prediction settings.

The format is user-friendly and intuitive.  There are over 15,000 vocabulary words with accompanying Symbolstix pictures. The app is one of the easiest to edit and customize that I have seen.  It has a Settings Wizard allowing you to enter personal information about the child which then configures the buttons to those preferences (name/age, current communication level, audio-vis or motor needs).  The ability to easily add and edit buttons is another big plus.  You can easily add photos of people and items in the child’s environment as well as search the web directly from the app for additional pictures.

When a button is selected, it zooms in and speaks the word and then shows up in the message box.  You can string together several words for more complex utterances.  When the message is complete, the entire utterance can be spoken aloud by tapping on the message box.  If a mistake is made, you can easily delete a single word at a time by tapping the delete button or erase the entire message box by double clicking it.

There are several voices to choose from and the rate of speech can be adjusted as well.  In addition, there are over 30 different accents/dialects to choose from including Spanish, French, Chinese, and Italian which speak the English words in those accents.

The search function is very valuable when wanting to explore vocabulary options or find a specific word.  You can also easily switch from picture buttons to keyboard by pressing the button to the left of the message box.  The predictive function on the keyboard is unparalleled.  Several word choices are presented as each letter is typed anticipating the word.  I love how it provides several different verb forms to help promote grammatically correct utterances.  For example, if I manually type in “eat”, the following verb forms are presented as options: eat, eating, eaten eats.

One of the most challenging obstacles of introducing a new AAC device to a child is becoming oriented with the location of all the buttons and teaching them how to use the device to communicate effectively.  It is often difficult enough for the Speech Pathologist to become familiar with and edit an AAC device, not to mention the caregivers and child who may have no previous experience with this format. This app makes this task a little less daunting.

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One of the features that truly sets this app apart from other AAC apps is the Dashboard.  This feature provides strategies to help integrate the use of AAC into the child’s daily activities.  Under this tab, you will find activities to help practice conversations and learn strategies to help expand and develop your child’s communication abilities.  There are 10 scenarios provided in which to practice guided conversations which help you become acclimated to the location of word buttons.  For example, in the “Conversation about pain” section, you can practice formulating such statements as “My head hurts”, “I want water please”, and “Do you want help?”  The app takes you step-by-step through the path needed to select all the appropriate words.  Visual cues such as an arrow or wiggling button give prompts as needed.  You can even view a pull-down menu of the entire path needed to complete the utterance.  This practice mode is an ingenious and essential tool for orientation to the location of buttons in order to increase the ease and efficiency of communication.

In addition to practicing specific sentences, there is a tutorial for using strategies to help expand your child’s communication abilities via conversation practice.  It provides a scenario and then prompts the caregiver to choose the best statement from 2-3 choices to help move the conversation forward without overwhelming the child.  It prompts the communication partner to ask specific yes/no questions to eliminate options, use self-talk, and expand on the child’s utterances.  This tutorial guides caregivers through the appropriate conversation skills they should be using with their child to maximize the effectiveness of the AAC app.

You can even customize specific phrases you would like to practice and model under the “My sentences” tab.  If you wanted to practice the sentence “I want to go to Grandma’s house”, the tutorial simplifies the sentence to “I want go Grandma’s house” and then walks you through the steps, prompting as necessary, to locate each folder and button to complete the phrase.

There is an Analytics tab which keeps track of the child’s vocabulary development and word use.  You can view the most frequently used words as compared to the all words used. It also gives an estimate of the average length of sentences spoken (MLU) over a period of time which you can set the dates for.  This is an excellent resource for keeping track of your child’s communication development over time.

A wealth of information can be found under the Resources tab, where there are well over 120 tips provided to help increase the effectiveness of using the AAC device.  There are also internet links to web pages and research articles supporting the use of AAC.  An intro video to the app can be found under the help tab in this section.

Another unique feature is the ability to print vocabulary pages to be used as a book.  This would allow the option to laminate pages for use near water (bath, pool) without the threat of damaging the device. With a little pre-planning, there is no need to let any situation which may prohibit the use of electronic devices limit the child’s ability to communicate.

The most recent update to the app introduced the ability to access a teletherapy call with Avaz Live. The developers are clearly determined to make improvements for an even better experience using their app.  The amount of user support located on their website and within the app itself is impressive as well.  Besides videos explaining specific features, there are slide tutorials guiding you through picture vs keyboard mode, customization, and the settings.

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This app truly grows with your child as there are 3 grades of core-words based vocabulary presented in a predictable and intuitive format.  The vocab is structured to promote increasingly complex exchanges beyond just requesting items.  While the caregiver tutorial fosters a scaffolding approach to expanding a child’s utterance.  The app also stimulates literacy development by using both symbols and words.  When the child is ready, he can transition over to using the keyboard for input all while keeping the picture option easily accessible.

AVAZ Pro has set the standard for what an AAC app should be.  From the indispensable tutorials and caregiver support, to the predictive text and analytics, AVAZ Pro is one of the most intuitive and innovative AAC apps I’ve seen to date.  I highly recommend this exceptional app to support the communication of those without a voice.

Avaz Pro - AAC app for Autism
Avaz Pro - AAC app for Autism
by Avaz, Inc.

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: 1065.54 MB

$199.99USD

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Webber BIG Apraxia Photo Cards App from Super Duper – Review & Giveaway




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What we love…

Clear, colorful photos, helpful elicitation cues and visuals, activities to prompt multiple spontaneous productions, carefully selected targets progressing in complexity

What we’d love to see…

Expansion of word targets to include multisyllabic words for each phoneme and additional vowel targets such as dipthongs

Summary

A nice, high-quality app-version of Super Duper’s Webber BIG Apraxia Photo Cards. This app is a convenient and practical way to target apraxia of speech which children will love.

Our Rating

 

Webber BIG Apraxia Photo Cards Comprehensive Treatment ProgramThe Webber BIG Apraxia Photo Cards App is a comprehensive collection of word cards complete with photographs, stories, activities, and production cues. The app developer, Super Duper, is the number one source for speech and language materials for children. This app is an adaptation of their BIG Apraxia Photo Card Set of 562 photo cards targeting syllable structures in a systematic way.

Apraxia of speech is a motor speech disorder which affects a child’s ability to combine and sequence speech sounds to form intelligible words and phrases. Individuals with childhood apraxia of speech require intensive therapy with visual prompts and placement cues to support their verbal attempts. This app is a wonderful approach to supply these necessary therapeutic cues in a fun and interactive way.

This app provides 20 picture cards for 21 different consonant sounds or phonemes organized by place of production (bilabials, dentals, alveolars, palatals, velars, and glottal). It also targets 10 vowel sounds (both long and short). For each sound, the words are presented by syllable structure based on ease of production. Starting with the earliest developing structures of VC (“up”) and CV (“paw”) and progressing to more complex syllables like CVCV (“puppy”) and CVCVC (“paper”). The words were carefully selected to be appropriate targets gradually increasing in complexity of production across syllable structures.

iPad Screenshot 4Each phoneme has a helpful description and visual which allows the child to associate the placement/production with that particular sound. For example, /p/ is known as “The Popcorn Sound” which helps the child remember that air has to “pop” from their lips when making the sound. For each sound, there are 20 picture cards targeting the different syllable shapes (CV, CVCV, CVC, etc). There is also a story which provides auditory bombardment of the target sound which allow the children to hear the sound several times in connected speech.

To help elicit the production of each phoneme, several cues are provided (verbal, visual/tactile, elicitation). Here are examples of the cues for “The Popcorn Sound”:

Verbal Cue: Close your lips. Pop your lips open with a puff of air.

Visual/Tactile Cue: Place fingertips of open hand on closed lips and move outward quickly as sound is made.

Elicitation: Blow out with a long breath. Use lips to break up the breath into shorter and shorter bursts of air.

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Finally, there are activities corresponding to each word card allowing for additional spontaneous practice of the word. These activities include:

(Examples from /s/- “The Snake Sound”)

Learn the Definition: A saw is a sharp hand tool for cutting wood.

Hear and Say the Sounds: 1. Saw has two sounds in it, s – aw.

  1.               Say /s/. Say /aw/.
  2.                                            Say saw.

Finish the Sentence: Sue cut the wood with her ______.

Answer the Question: What is a sharp hand tool for cutting wood?

Complete the Rhyme: Paw rhymes with ______.

Repeat the Phrases/Sentences: 1. A saw.

  1.               Used a saw.
  2.               Sue used a saw.

These activities not only provide repetitive motor planning practice which is so vital in apraxia therapy, but also meaningful vocabulary and language learning which adds to the app’s usefulness and versatility.

The design of the app allows easy access to all sounds and formats (cards, story, activities). In landscape view, the sounds are listed in a scrolling menu on the left. With a menu on the bottom, you can easily select from word cards, story, cue, activities, and notes. In portrait view, the side menu is hidden allowing for full screen view of the photo cards and other activities, but the phoneme menu is accessible with a quick swipe.

The settings tab allows you to select targets for each child either by phoneme (sound) or by syllable structure (CV, VC, CVCV, etc). There is also the ability to keep track of correct and incorrect productions and also to take notes. The notes template automatically populates with date and time to help keep track of progress over time.

Super Duper has come up with a nice, high-quality app-version of their Webber BIG Apraxia Photo Cards. While this app is geared towards speech language pathologists, any parent who has a son or daughter with childhood apraxia of speech could utilize this app along with the support of their child’s SLP. This app is in no way a substitute for the expertise of a speech professional, but the cues and activities provided could be a helpful support in daily home practice. It is also a wonderful tool to support phonological awareness and literacy skills. With its easy to navigate format, carefully selected targets, systematically organized word cards, and useful cues and activities, this app is a convenient and practical way to target apraxia of speech which children will love.

iTunes Link: Webber BIG Apraxia Photo Cards Comprehensive Treatment Program – Super Duper Publications

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Price: $49.99 USD

This educational app for the iPad® has 562 full-color photo-word cards from the Webber® BIG Apraxia Photo Cards set by Super Duper® Publications. We have carefully organized the photo-word cards by.

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