ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/Apraxia of Speech - Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro Review

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps/Apraxia of Speech - Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro Review image
Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro, created by Lynn Carahaly M.A. CCC-SLP, contains three of the Speech-EZ Apraxia Program card sets - Picture Cards, Sound & Number Cards, and Hand Cue Cards. This application is "the equivalent to the Speech-EZ Materials Kit" which can be found and ordered online at http://www.speech-ez.com/. This application includes 775 picture cards, 45 phonogram cards, 10 number cards, and the Speech-EZ Hand Cues card set including a video for each card to show the hand cue accompanied by the sound. Lynn provided me with a copy of application for this review. To learn more about the application, continue reading.

ABCs 4 SLPs Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro

Main Page

The Main Page of the application shows the three choices of card sets - Picture Cards, Sound & Number Cards, and Hand Cue Cards.

Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro

Clicking on one of these sets will allow you to start a session using one of the three card sets.

About

Pressing this button will bring you to the "About" page of the application, which gives information about the application and its use. It also details the Speech-EZ program, the developer of the program, and how to become certified in the program.

Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro About

Online

This will bring you to the Speech-EZ Program's website.

Feedback

This will bring you to an e-mail form so that you can e-mail Speech-EZ for support or feedback on the application.

Help

Pressing the "Help" button will bring you to information about each part of the application with visuals taking you step-by-step along the way. Also, it provides justification, explanation, and use of each portion of the cards. In addition, the application states an important fact - that the application is a tool for speech-language pathologists and not a replacement for them or the therapy provided by them.

Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro Help

There is also a YouTube video made by the developer of the application, Lynn Carahaly, on her YouTube channel of how to use the application.



Students

The Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro application allows you to record data on multiple students within the app. To add a student, press the "Add Student" button with the plus sign. This will bring you to the "Add/Edit Profile" screen. Press the "+" button to add or change the photo of a student. Select a picture from the "Camera Roll" of the student. Then, if you choose, you can add demographic information about the student including their name, grade, parent's name, phone number, e-mail, address, and birthday. Additional notes about the student can be added in the "Profile Notes" section by pressing anywhere within the white space for the keyboard to appear. If you wish to save the changes, press "Save, Back to Student List". Otherwise, if you do not wish to save the changes, press "Exit, Don't Save Changes". If you want to edit a previously created student's profile, press the "Edit" button. This will bring you to the same screen as if you were creating a new students' profile. The "Student List" is arranged by when each profile was created on the left hand side of the "Student" page.

"Sessions" take up the right hand side of the "Students" page. Data compiled from each individual session will show for the student highlighted. Sessions saved will appear in order from most recent to the earliest. Each session shows the date, duration of the session, which course was used, and how many words were stated correctly, approximately, or incorrectly. In addition, on the left hand side of the "Sessions" part of the screen, a bar graph showing the percentages for correct, approximate, and incorrect productions of words is shown depending on the session highlighted. Finally, a line graph is displayed at the top of the "Sessions" side of the screen. This line graph is compiled from all sessions saved. The green line is for correctly produced sounds, blue is for approximately produced sounds, and the orange line is for incorrectly produced sounds. Progress for each session is shown on the line.

Sessions can be e-mailed by pressing the "E-mail Session" button at the bottom of the "Sessions" page. A pop-up will appear and data will be populated into the body of the e-mail including the date of the session, its duration, the course used, and the percentages of correctly produced sounds. Notes on the session are included as well. You must have your "Mail" application connected to your e-mail account to send an e-mail. Sessions can also be deleted by selecting a session and then pressing the "Delete Session" button.

Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro Student List

Application Play

Picture Cards

Press the icon underneath the "Picture Cards" text to begin this portion of the application. Press the "i" button in the corner if you would like more information on how to use the Picture Cards.

Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro Picture Cards

Once you press the "Start" button, you will be required to choose the sound to be used if you are starting with CVC words. If you are working on initial sounds, select the sound to be focused on in the initial position of the word. If you are working on final consonants, select the sound to be focused on in the final position of words. Otherwise, you can select the place of articulation to focus on multiple sounds in one place of articulation. If your student is already able to produce CVC words, you can also select CVCV words, compound words, and one syllable, two syllable, three syllable, or four syllable words. If you would rather, you can select individual cards to be used by tapping on which words you would like to review under the "Hand Select Cards" menu on the right hand side of the application. Pressing on a word/picture combination will show a check mark next to the word selected to be worked on. Only one of these options may be selected. Once you have chosen the level to be focused on, press the "Sort Cards Now" button.

Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro Sort Picture Cards

The first card will then appear with an image on it. To hear the word read aloud, press the blue sound wave button in the bottom right hand corner. If you would like to see the word as text, simply tap on the card. Once the student says the word aloud, there are options to choose in the lower left hand corner as to whether or not the student correctly produced the sound. Discreet and shown in light blue, the smile-like curve is for a correctly produced sound, straight-line for an approximate response, and a frown-like curve for an incorrect response. Time elapsed in the session is also shown in the bottom left hand corner. To get to the previous or next card, swipe your finger across the screen horizontally. Once you have gone through all of the cards for the selected settings or if you choose to finish the session, press the "End Session" button.

Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro Picture Card Example

You can then decide whose profile you would like to save the session to. If you forgot to add a student prior to beginning the session, you can add them by pressing the "Quick Add" button and typing the clients' first and last name. Type additional information in the session notes box with the keyboard by tapping the gray area. You can choose to save a session and its information to a user's profile or exit the session without saving. If you save the session, they you will be brought to the "Student List".

Sound & Number Cards

Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro Sound & Number Cards 1

When you select the "Sound & Number Cards", you have four options - Sound Cards, Number Cards, Vowel Chart, and the ability to hand select cards.

Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro Sound & Number Cards

If you chose the "Sound Cards" (consonant and vowel), it will show each phoneme on a flash card in order of articulatory placement. Pressing the blue sound wave button will allow you to hear the sound. Tapping on the card itself will cause it to flip and show a CVC or CV word with the phoneme highlighted in blue in the initial position of the word (unless the phoneme is only found in the medial or final position of CVC words).

Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro Sound Cards

Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro Sound Cards 2

Clicking on the "Number Cards" button will allow you to flip through number flashcards 1 up through 10. Once again, the blue sound wave will state the number and tapping the card will show the word spelled out. Once you reach the end of the deck, a pop-up notification will appear. Also, you have the same system of correct, approximate, and incorrect sound production in the lower left hand corner.

Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro Number Cards

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Finally, in this card set, there is a long and short vowel chart with examples of vowels in words highlighted in blue. To see the chart, press the "Vowel Chart" button. Tap the card to switch between long (diphthongs) and short (pure) vowel charts.

Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro Vowel Chart

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If you choose to hand select cards, pressing on a word/picture combination underneath this heading will show a check mark next to the word selected to be worked on. Once you have chosen the cards to be focused on, press the "Sort Cards Now" button.

Hand Cue Cards

The last set of cards available to use are the "Hand Cue Cards". These cards prompt children with apraxia of speech as to articulatory placement of phonemes. What's great about these cards is the fact that there are videos along with them not only to teach the clinician which hand cue to use for each phoneme, but also to help the students learn each hand cue. Also, since there are videos, they will see the gesture as well as hear the individual phoneme and see the placement of articulators, providing multisensory feedback. For this deck, you are required to hand select cards on the right hand side of the page. Pressing on a word/picture combination underneath this heading will show a check mark next to the word selected to be worked on. Once you have chosen the cards to be focused on, press the "Sort Cards Now" button.

Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro Hand Cue Cards

Pressing the triangle within a circle "Play" button will show the short video of a female adult showing the hand cue along with production of the individual phoneme. If you press anywhere else on the card, it will flip over to show the phoneme in brackets. Like the other card decks, there is the elasped time and ability to keep data in the left hand corner.

Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro Hand Cue Cards 2

What I Like About This Application:

  • The price may seem like a lot of money, but if you think about how much you would pay compared to the physical card sets, it is a great deal. You get a LOT out of this application. Plus, portability of the application makes it easy to carry from place to place.
  • The fact that you can work on sounds at the cue, phoneme, syllable, CVC, CVCV, compound word, and multi-syllabic word levels is incredible. The amount of words available for practice in this application, plus the cues (both visual and auditory), are amazing.
  • Data tracking with e-mail capability makes things easy and it is discreet. Plus, the graph function makes it easy to show parents their students' progress.
  • I love that the Hand Cue cards have videos to go with them.
What I Would Like to See in Future Updates:

  • Many articulation/apraxia of speech applications allow the ability to record responses. This allows students and families to hear progress, plus they can compare to the audio produced by the narrator in the application. This would be great to have in an update!
  • I think that it would be cool to have a mirroring aspect of the application where students can see the hand cue and then mirror the production of the sound through video to see their own articulatory placement and hear their sound production.
  • It would be great to have the ability to rate sound productions both side by side as well as if we are sitting across from the student. This would be great so that we can view the placement of their articulators as they say sounds and be able to sit across from them as we flip through the cards.
Therapy Uses:

  • Apraxia of Speech: This application is intended to be used with students who have apraxia of speech. See all of my notes above as to how to use the application with these students.
  • Fluency: If there are specific sounds that are difficult for a student with a fluency disorder to produce, you can use the flashcards to focus on the individual sound at the beginning of the word. Use techniques such as easy onset with various consonant/vowel combinations by hand selecting cards. In addition, if a student is having difficulty producing multisyllabic words, you can select those cards in the "Picture Cards" menu.
  • Receptive Language: Some of my younger students are working on learning their numbers. Select the "Number Cards" set in the "Sound & Number Cards" to work on recognition of numbers 1-10. Also, using the "Picture Cards" deck, you can select which cards to show and have students identify the pictures.
  • Expressive Language: Have students make sentences using the word associated with the picture in the "Picture Cards" deck. Have students describe the card using adjectives.
  • Articulation: Choose your students' specific sounds to focus on in the "Picture Cards" deck and take data on their production of speech sounds. If you wish to show them articulatory placement of sounds, use the "Hand Cue Cards" and select sounds the student is focusing on.
Price:

Apraxia Picture Sound Cards Pro is available for the iPad for $299.99. If you would rather purchase the physical card kit, it is available at www.speech-ez.com for $585.

Disclaimer:

Consonantly Speaking was given an application code by the developer to review the application on this website. No other form of compensation was given.

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