Tactus Therapy Solutions is known for making high-quality applications to use with adults, but did you know that many of their applications can be used with children and teenagers by taking advantage of the settings? Not only is this wonderful because there are not many applications out there for adults with communication disorders but also because it makes their applications worth the price since you can use them with a variety of clients. Their latest application, Conversation TherAppy is probably my favorite application due to the amount of settings, data collection, use with multiple clients at once, and ability to customize the content. Continue reading for my review of Conversation TherAppy!
Make a splash this summer with your clients using Syllables Splash! This application is an under the sea motivational dream! With an underwater diving theme and characters to assist in syllable awareness, this application is not only great for phonological awareness but fun! Continue reading for my review of this entertaining syllable awareness application!
This is my first review of an application on an Android device. This is exciting for me but also a bit intimidating as I rarely use Android devices, so I do not know as much about their overall settings. The device I am reviewing this on is a Nexus 7 tablet. I will be honest that I do not know how to take screenshots of the screen, so I did take photos with my own camera which are not as good of quality as a screenshot would be. I do not currently bring this to school as it is my fiance's device and not my own, but he is kind enough to let me borrow it to do this review as well as those in the future. He also was kind enough to install the application, Auditory Analysis, for me from the developer (as a file, not from the store itself), so I am definitely grateful to have him around (afterall, there wouldn't be this website without him either)! Hopefully I do not mess up this review too much with my lack of knowledge of Android devices, but the great thing is that it will pave a path towards more Android application reviews and hopefully better ones! Who knows, maybe I'll like the Android system so much that I'll want one for myself! Anyhow, continue reading for my review of Auditory Analysis available for use on Android tablets.
At the school where I work, there is quite the incidence of students of students with childhood apraxia of speech and severe phonological delays in Kindergarten and first grade. It is hard to find applications at the right level for each student in particular because some students prefer real-life images and text to animated or illustrated images, even if I am working with a group of students. This can be frustrating as what they really need to work on is the content regardless of context. Therefore, I try to motivate my students in whichever way works the best whether its flashcards, real-life images, an animated application, cues, etc. Apraxia Ville has definitely been a motivating application for my students who prefer animated and illustrated images or need an animated cue of mouth movement on an age-appropriate model instead of staring at my face all of the time. For more information about Apraxia Ville and its use, continue reading.
If you loved Erik X. Raj's Multiple Choice Articulation application, then you will like his latest application - I Dare You Articulation! Take all of the great parts from Multiple Choice Articulation - the narration, the fun, the motivational factors, the simplicity and cleanness of the application - and exponentially add more motivation/fun! What you get is I Dare You Articulation! Believe me and picture this - groups of third and fourth grade students coming into my classroom and expecting drill practice sit at the table to begin speech; during the session they are out of their seats, giggling, and motivated to move on to practice the next articulation sentence; after the session, students are all out of their seats begging me to play the application again! I kid you not, I have never seen my third and fourth graders so motivated and energized at 8:15 am to practice their articulation sounds! Continue reading to learn more about how to use this application to spice up your articulation therapy sessions!
I have a significant number of students on my caseload who either have auditory processing disorder, language processing disorder, or a learning disability. We work over and over again on their ability to recall information from a story in an organized, sequential manner. In our fourth grade classrooms, each student has an iPad, so whenever my students are able to bring theirs to therapy, they are extremely excited! I ended up installing Reading Comprehension Camp on two iPads for my fourth graders to use simultaneously and was able to choose the question types that they had the most difficulty on. It was a life-saver and a great motivator for them to be able to use this application! To learn more about how you can use it in therapy, continue reading!