A couple weeks ago, a rep from Dynavox Mayer-Johnson contacted me about checking out a couple of their apps. The company recently rereleased all of their PCS and wanted me to check them out! Because Dynavox Mayer-Johnson rocks, they’ve also given me 6 codes (2 for each app) to give away to Speechy Musings’ readers! Check out what I thought about each app below and enter to win! The giveaways do not last long, so enter now!! (I’ll giveaway 4 apps here and 2 in some fun contests on my Facebook page so stay tuned!)
1) Say it Right™ – Articulation Flip Books App
This app has earned a place in my top list of articulation apps! It is super engaging and colorful, it includes a ton of sounds, is very reasonably priced ($9.99), and it can be fun while practicing artic sounds! I haven’t gotten the chance to use it with any clients, but I can imagine they’d love it. I’ve used the actual book versions of these and they were a hit. I can’t imagine the app being any less engaging! Below are some screenshots of the app in action:
Using this app is simple. Just drag your finger up on any one of the three ‘pages’ to switch the page. You can either keep together the three corresponding pages to make stories that make more sense, or mix and match to create silly stories!
When I first opened the app, I was so impressed by how many sounds were targeted. The following sounds are included: ar, ear, er, or, recurrent r, ire, prevocalic r, r blends, s, z, sh, ch, k, g, th, f, v, p, b, t, d, m, n, s, r, l blends, w, h, and l. PHEW! Isn’t that an amazing deal for only $9.99?!
Obviously, the app was created with articulation in mind. But, like all great apps, it can be easily adapted into an app to work on prepositions, syntax, vocabulary, expressive language, and probably much much more. You can discuss what tense the middle page is in, pull out the preposition off of the last page, and discuss the parts of speech and find them! This is why I would recommend this app for all SLPs who work with mixed groups.
Check out the website here to see everything! Enter the Rafflecopter below to win a copy!
2) PCS™ Word Scramble App
The next app I checked out targets spelling and vocabulary (primarily).
I’ll be honest with you, when I first opened up the app and played around with it, I did like that every time I pushed something, it was labeled and I didn’t like the lag time between cards. But, once I realized that Dynavox Mayer-Johnson is great and has every setting option I wanted, I really started to love this app! Below you can see how customizable this app is:
You can have text labels, speech labels, rewards after a certain number of cards, and much more if desired!
Below are some screenshots of the app in action:
Basically, it’s a spelling app. You can choose the length of word you want targeted. The app shuffles the letters and you have to put them back in the correct order. PCS pictures are used, which I like because it makes the transition between therapy activities and communication easier for those who use PCS for their AAC system! You can choose from many, many options for length of word (from 3-8 letters):
After you choose a word length, you can press “Sort” in the bottom left corner if you want to get rid of certain cards from the stack. I love how customizable this app is!
Check out the app on their website here and enter the Rafflecopter below to win 1 of 2 copies!
3) PCS™ Flash Cards App
The last wonderful app I received from Dynavox Mayer-Johnson was the PCS Flash Cards App. First, I need to mention that this app would be incredible for a person who is learning to use an AAC system that uses PCS pictures. It can familiarize/teach the icons before the pressure of communicating with them exists! Great! See some screenshots below.
You can target rhyming with this app:
You can even pick which rhyme to target (as shown above). I like how the rhyme part of the word is shown in blue. See an example of two flashcard screenshots below:
You can also target language with this app:
There are articulation flashcards included, with a huge variety of sounds/cards, all in PCS.
When you click on a sound, you can edit the cards that will be targeted if desired:
And then the flashcards begin. Again, the target sound is in blue.
Last but not least, vocabulary can be targeted. Some of the included categories are below:
I really like this section because it can help with the cognitive organization of an AAC system as well! You can have the text label included or not included.
And once again, you can control exactly what cards are included in each deck:
So there you have it! Aren’t these apps awesome! I hope to come back and update this post once I’ve used them with clients. I can’t wait to do that!
Check out the PCS Flash Cards app on their website here and enter the Rafflecopter below to win a copy.