ChatAble App Review

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Personally, I feel like AAC is often underutilized in our field. Oftentimes, this can be due to lack of access to the appropriate technology, cost limitations, or time limitations. We learned in grad school that AAC is appropriate for anybody who cannot meet 100% of their communication needs in a day. I love many things about ChatAble including its $159.99 price tag.

According to the Apple Store, you can, “Create and use symbol based grids…or use photos to make visual scene displays. Or, take both and create a hybrid page. The possibilities are endless with ChatAble. ChatAble is an easy to use communication aid app for people with communication difficulties who benefit from symbol and photo support. Parents, teachers and therapists can create page sets in minutes with an intuitive set up. The customisation options are extensive to enable people with a range of physical, cognitive and language abilities the opportunity to use the app to communicate at home, school or with their family and friends…. After entering your message you can also share it using email, twitter or facebook. As pages can be backed up and saved, you can share them with other students or friends too!”

For the past 2 weeks, I’ve been customizing and using ChatAble with a wide variety of clients. I made pages for myself to play around, and made pages that I use every day at work. I will admit, that like any AAC system, it takes quite a bit of time to get started. I wasn’t super impressed with the pages that come on ChatAble, but they do represent a wide variety of the features of ChatAble which I appreciated. I learned a lot about the amazing things this app is capable of by playing around with the boards that come on it!

Without more boring rambling, here are some amazing things about ChatAble:

 You can easily make picture scene displays. Check out the one that would allow me to share information about my dogs below:

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First, I chose this folder so I can share about my dogs in my about me folder. In ChatAble, you have the option of adding a grid, a picture scene display, or a hybrid of both. I chose Scene so then I can take a picture using the camera or use my photo gallery. Then, I can add hotspots that speak when touched. I can also schedule start times for when they should speak as well!

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Check out the finished page below. You can see the hot spots (that I customized the color of). When touched, they introduce my dogs (e.g., This is my dog Harper).

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Below is the board I’ve used most often since getting ChatAble:

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You can see I’ve put a message in the message window. Once great feature about ChatAble is that you can export these messages into iMessage, emails, Twitter, or even Facebook. Pretty cool, and so functional.

Below is currently how I have my homepage organized. Again, I’ve only had the app a few weeks so I know this will probably change daily for the next month or so, but it gives you a good feel for the app:

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Below is my Arts & Crafts folder, which is growing every day. When you click on colors, the second picture opens. You can easily go back using the back arrow in the bottom left corner.

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One thing that is totally necessary in an AAC app and ChatAble does well is customization options. You can make the grids a variety of sizes:

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You can use pictures or symbols. Here is an example of some of the symbol choices for “play”:

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You can make everything from simple, small grids to a hybrid picture scene display with icon choices:

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Two examples are below. The one on the left is a hybrid and the one on the right is a very simple grid (2×2).

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 You can change almost everything. The text size, font, border color, background color, etc… I love the features and options!

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Overall, I felt like everything was easy to learn and intuitive, all while maintaining many options without feeling cluttered.

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You can edit pages by using the menu in the bottom right as shown above. Below are two pictures of the MANY options available to you in the settings:

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PROS:
-Customization options
-Usability
-Picture scene display/hybrid option

CONS:
-Less symbol choices than I would like
-Voice output isn’t great
-Twice I’ve had small changes not save

OVERALL:
This app is a fantastic AAC app that has become a must have for me. I love the customization options and the overall ease of use. I haven’t even used half of the options available (e.g., using an icon to open a webpage, adding musicThe picture scene display option is amazing and so useful. I can see taking pictures of my game closet and putting hot spots on each game for beginner communicators to make choices. The ideas are endless. I would absolutely recommend this app for AAC users, parents, and SLPs.

Check out ChatAble in the App Store here!

{thanks for reading!}

Let’s Use Language App Review

In case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve been extremely MIA lately! In the past month, I’ve graduated, started a new job, got ANOTHER puppy, bought a house, went on a vacation to the Dominican Republic, and was in a wedding. I’m.exhausted. So please excuse the lack of posts and new, fun materials! I promise they are coming!

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Today, I’m excited to share an app review of Let’s Use Language. It’s an app very similar to another one I’ve reviewed in the past, Let’s Be Social. I enjoyed that app (and use it often) so I knew right away I’d like this app as well.

This app targets: vocabulary, sequencing, categories, and opposites. You can also make your own books to target anything you’d like!

Vocabulary:

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 Below is an example story from the app. You can scroll down slightly but this is about the length of most! I really like how they are short and to the point.

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Below are some example question from the vocabulary section:

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Sequencing:

Below is a question in the sequencing section from the same story:

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Categories:

Below are some example questions from the categories section:

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I was slightly confused about this section. Overall, I wish there were more typical category type questions. Another book asked questions such as, “Do penguins fly?” Instead, I wish they had questions like, “A penguin is an animal. Name three other animals.”

Opposites:

Below is an example of  an opposite question:

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Each time the app provides you with instant feedback:

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And then after each “module” or book, your students can see how many they got correct:

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Pros:
-Good length of stories
-The stories are relatable and easy to understand
-I love how the app is set up. Easy to use and not too many graphics/extra things.
-Targets topics I need more materials for!
-So far, the app seems to be getting great reviews from SLPs!

Cons:
-Some of the questions are directly related to the section they are in. BUT they are all useful.
-Many of the questions asked are not directly answered in the reading passages.
-No data tracking, only the report at the end (if that matters to you).

At the time of this review (01/16/14) the app was $14.99 in the App Store! Definitely worth it! Check it out here.

Disclaimer: This app was given to me in exchange for my review. No other compensation was provided. The opinions expressed are mine.

Let’s Be Social! App Review

If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for quality apps for social skills! They can be TOUGH to find!

Enter in the fabulous “Let’s Be Social” app. According to the app, it models and teaches solving problems, forming friendships, recognizing emotions, and predicting outcomes. Everything in the app was created by SLPs which is fantastic! Additionally, the app makes it super easy to create your own custom content to fit the needs of any pragmatic kiddo on your caseload!

The app is organized incredibly well for how much material it contains. It has the following categories:

Personal Interactions
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Navigating the Community
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School Behavior
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Handling Change
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Social Relationships
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In each “story” shown above, there is a short story and then an interactive quiz/lesson afterwards:

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As stated above, you can also create your own categories and your own stories (either in your category or one of theirs). Check out how easy it to to do below:

Add a book, including a short description/story, a title, and a cover picture.
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Then, create questions for your story! The app makes it incredibly easy & intuitive, and even provides easy tutorials (shown below):
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And just like magic, your book shows up! You can add to current categories or make your own!
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Pros:
-Very kid friendly language
-Good selection of stories
-Very easy to customize (can even use your own pictures!)
-Covers material I didn’t have an iPad app for prior
-Good use of graphics (not too much, not too little)
-Intuitive, easy to use layout

Cons:
-The stories themselves might be a little long/hard to remember for some kids. (see the example above to see typical length)
-Currently no data tracking if that matters to you!
-No visuals for the answer choices

At the time of this review (01/16/14) the app was $14.99 in the App Store! Definitely worth it! Check it out here.

Disclaimer: This app was given to me in exchange for my review. No other compensation was provided. The opinions expressed are mine.

Language Trainer App Review

As you may know from my prior app reviews, I love Smarty Ears apps – every single one of them! So when offered the opportunity to review their newest app, I was thrilled!

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Language Trainer looks very different than other Smarty Ears apps that I have. It is very simple, with little to no distractions/extra graphics. Because of this, it could easily be used with ANY age group, from pre-k to adult.

 As with all Smarty Ears apps (at least all that I own), you can upload student profiles from their free app, Therapy Report Center. Makes keeping track of student data across multiple apps/days/goals SO easy!

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After choosing the user/student, you proceed to the following page where you can choose what part of the app you want to use:

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As you can see, there are 4 sections: picture identification, picture naming, divergent naming, and sentence completion. I’ll provide an example of each section below:

PICTURE IDENTIFICATION
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In this section, the iPad tells the student which picture to touch. For example, “cherry”. In the settings, you can change the items shown on screen, ranging from 2, as shown, up to five. You can also set the iPad to automatically increase the difficulty level if the student is successful.

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This section is pretty straight forwards. A picture is shown and the student is asked to name it. You can mark the response as correct, incorrect or cued. You can also record the student’s response.

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This section asks the student to name things in categories, for example, “Name two languages”. Like the Picture Identification section, you can increase the number of desired responses up to five. You can see in the picture above that I marked the first answer as correct by the green box. I like this setting because it provides instant visual feedback to our students about correct or incorrect answers! It’s easier to see how they are doing in this format vs. a sound or a percentage (this app also uses both of those).

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Last, we have sentence completion. Again, you can mark answers as correct, incorrect, or cued. You can record answers. While some, like the one shown above, have fairly limited answers, some were more open ended such as, “Joe packed his ________” or “Victor listened to the __________”.

When you’re all done, you can see the data from each section of the app in the data section as shown below:

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Overall, I think this app is fantastic! I sooo wish I would have had it back in September when I started my adult externship because then I could have used it with both adults and children. I really think it’s appropriate for both, which is rare! I like it’s simplistic layout and it’s obvious lack of graphics/distractions.

A couple weeks ago, somebody asked me on my Facebook page if I knew of an app that could be used for assessing a child’s vocabulary. I threw this one out there even though I hadn’t really checked it out, and now I think it would really be perfect for that!

If you’re interested in buying this app (you should be), check it out in the iTunes store here! And make sure to “like” Smarty Ears on Facebook. They post interesting things and often haves sales on their apps!

That’s all for now! I’ll keep you posted as I use it and how my students enjoy it! Back to snuggle with this cutie…. :)

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Disclaimer: This app was given to me in exchange for my review. No other compensation was provided. The opinions expressed are mine.

Love It & List It Linky: Articulation Apps

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Jenna from Speech Room News (as if you didn’t already know) is amazing and has hosted another wonderful linky, bringing together bloggers and readers to share our favorite articulation apps!

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My “Articulation” folder on my iPad is definitely the most developed, so I’m very excited to share my favorites!

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1) Articulation Station Pro: From what I can tell, this app has the most SLP recommendations in this linky of all the articulation apps so that should be enough proof that it really, really rocks!

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2) Speech FlipBook: This app is great! Because it doesn’t rely on pictures, you get larger variety of words. It is also organized INCREDIBLY well and so customizable. Check out my review of Speech FlipBook here to see more!

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3) Articulate It!: A great app by Smarty Ears. For tons of info and screenshots, check out my previous review of this app here.

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4) The Entire World of R: This app is very different from other artic apps which is why it made my top 5! It is in a flipbook format instead of picture after picture drill. Great for mixing it up!

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5) Articulation Scenes: This was my first iPad purchase, and I’m still a huge fan! Includes several different games and even printable worksheets!

So there you have it! I would absolutely recommend ANY of these apps if you’re looking to buy one! Thanks for reading!

Speech Therapy Apps for Adults

In a world dominated by child directed everything, what’s an adult based SLP to do?! Well read on. Because while there are definitely fewer options, many are amazing!

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This semester, due to a number of reasons, I’ve been forced into planning activities for pretty much all of my clients on my own. For a first externship, this was is kind of intimidating at first! But because of that, I feel as though I’ve developed a fairly good idea of how to plan, what to plan, and what support to give!

Okay, so now onto what you came here to read. Below are the apps I use all the time with my adult clients:

1) Language TherAppy by Tactus Therapy: $59.99

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While at first glance it seems like this app has quite a hefty price tag, when you consider that it is four apps in one is it actually quite the bargain. Also, I use this app ALL THE TIME. Each of the apps you can see above flow seamlessly together. When a client is too high level for one, they can move directly into another. I’ve had many clients get frustrated easily within the therapy setting, and this app has been a lifesaver for them! One of my clients this semester calls this app her “game” and the rest of my therapy activities her “work”. So cool!

2) Category TherAppy by Tactus Therapy: $14.99

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Another AMAZING app by Tactus Therapy. Seriously go check out their apps! I have so many on my wishlist still. This one obviously targets categories. Again, seamless between difficulty levels and whether or not you are finding, classifying excluding, or adding to to a category.

3) Describe It! by Pocket SLP: $9.99

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I feel like I’m always talking about this app when I talk about my most used apps! I do it for a reason. This app is reasonably priced and so versatile. Great for kids and adults. Think Catch Phrase with pictures. You can also take away a timer in “Study” mode, which is wonderful for those adults with slower processing.

4) Conversation TherAppy by Tactus Therapy: $24.99

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Thoughts I was done talking about Tactus Therapy? Nope… sorry! This is another wonderful app from them. Each picture has 10 related prompts. Great for problem solving, evaluating, inferences, prediction and seriously so so so much more! The whole app uses real pictures and nothing ‘baby like’ at all.

5) iMimic: FREE

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Anybody else play around with a game like this when they were younger? Mega flashbacks for me here, but it’s such a good memory and attention app. AND it’s free… so no reason not to give it a try!

6) Spaced Retrieval TherAppy by Tactus Therapy: $3.99

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Hopefully by now you’ve heard about the wonders of Spaced Retrieval for improving memory! Well this app makes spaced retreival easy by allowing you to set questions, each with individuals timers that pop up even over other apps. I like to set the question(s) at the beginning of the session and just let it run while we do other apps/activities. It starts by popping up ALL THE TIME but then pops up less often. It’s definitely worth the $3.99 because it does all of the remembering and timing work for you!

7) Dysphagia2Go by Smarty Ears: $39.99

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This app seems super innovative to me for some reason… I love it! Overall, it takes you through the entire dysphagia exam process. Starting with a chart review and everything! Then after easily entering the information required on each page, it writes a report for you. Yes, you read that right! It WRITES THE REPORT for you. I love it for 2 reasons: 1) It’s a big time saver, and 2) It makes sure I don’t forget to check anything on my dysphagia exams!

8) Dysphagia by Northern Speech Services: $9.99

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So I got this app a while ago and used it mostly for studying purposes. It allows you to view a normal swallow, and several different disordered swallows. Now that I’m in my externship, I’ve actually used it for several clients to show them exactly what is happening during their swallow, explain the anatomy, and then convince them why their compensatory strategies are so important! This worked extremely well with one very smart, but stubborn client I had.

9) Doodle Find: FREE

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I should begin this review but saying that I’m weird and actually like to play this game all of the time. Then one day I realized how good this app could be for memory and attention. So I brought it in and my clients LOVED IT. I had them play it every 10 minutes or so as a “break” during our sessions. I kept track of their score each time and encouraged them to try and beat it. I’ve never seem them focus so hard for so long! Each game is timed at 1 minute and 30 seconds, which honestly goes really fast for some of my slower processors, but I think if you purchase the app you can just play without a timer. If I have a client who needs it in the future, I’ll definitely be purchasing!

10) iName It by Smarty Ears: $14.99

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Last but definitely not least is iName It from Smarty Ears. Another one of my all time favorite app makers! This app is super cool for adults because it uses such real looking pictures. If you couldn’t tell from the name of the app, it’s used for naming items within their natural contexts. If you look at the pictures above, you can see that I clicked on the microwave. If your client needs additional prompts, it will provide 5 ones of various support levels!

Carissa from Home Sweet Speech Room loves Bitsboard, ABA Flash Cards for Emotions, and Touch and Learn Emotions. I can’t attest to any of them because I haven’t used them yet, but they look like good ideas! And they are all FREE!

What adult apps do you use? I’d love to hear!

Speechy Musings Go To Language Apps

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 Jenna, over at Speech Room News, is having a linky for Language Apps! Check here to check it out. My post will briefly outline my five favorite, go-to language apps!

1) Describe It! by Pocket SLP

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This app would be perfect for kids of all ages.. and adults! Think Catch Phrase, but with picture support and easier targets. You can also play without a timer (how I play most of the time). This app is great for describing, categories, inferring and tons more! Super versatile.

2) Syntax City – Smarty Ears

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Syntax City is a wonderful app for any of your kiddos who are working on grammar!

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It targets a ton including do/does, is/are, plurals, and have/has.

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All your kiddo has to do is listen to the spoken sentence, and choose the correct word to fill in the blank. The app also allows you to record each sentence. Per usual with Smarty Ears apps, great data is provided at the end!

3) Conversation TherAppy  by Tactus Therapy

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This app is a fantastic one to elicit all sorts of conversation! I use this with my adult clients as well and love it. You can pretty much use it to target anything…

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You can easily use this app for critical thinking, categories, picture description, problem solving, WH questions and much much more!

4) Sentence Ninja by Smarty Ears

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Another great app for syntax and sentence structure!! I love how this one builds from easy two words sentences to much more complex sentences. This makes is super useable for a wide range of clients.

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After you drag and drop the words in the correct order to make a sentence, you can record yourself saying it as well! Additionally, the words can be color coded for additional cues. Great app!

5) Toca Monsters (I love all the Toca apps!)

I hope you’ve heard about Toca apps before! I just had to include one of them on my top 5 list because they are incredibly versatile, fun, engaging, motivating, and useful for so many types of clients! You could use these apps to target following directions, compare/contrast, problem solving, description, and so much more! These apps are super affordable so try one out and see how much your kiddos love it!

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So there you have it! My top 5 language apps! Which do you love??

Smarty Ears Expressive App Review

I once read an AAC article that stated “Communication is the essence of life.” How cool is that? That us lucky SLPs get to work on something each and every day that could be considered “the essence of life”.

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Because of this, I feel like I have very high, sometimes possibly unrealistic expectations for AAC devices & apps. Smarty Ears was kind enough to let me check out Expressive, an AAC app. It uses Smarty Symbols library. According to the app’s description in the App Store, “This is an entry to mid-level, easy to use, and powerful app that allows children and adults with speech impairment or communication difficulties to express their wants and needs through the use of pictures and symbols. Expressive was designed to meet the needs of a wide range of users. Children can use this application to communicate by tapping buttons with symbols or pictures that generate sound. Expressive includes over 10,000 built-in images from the Smarty Symbols library.”

When I read that, I immediately wanted to compare the stats with the AAC app I am most familiar with: Proloquo2Go. I know, I know. The comparisons aren’t really fair considering Proloquo2Go costs $219.99 and Expressive costs $26.99. Regardless, I think the comparison is still important. Proloquo2Go offers 14,000 included symbols using SymbolStix.

So overall, what do I like about Expressive?

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Symbols: Personally, I like the symbols included in both Proloquo2Go and Expressive equally. It’s easy to upload your own pictures in Expressive, which is very useful! The symbols are as salient as possible! See the picture above for a search for “girl”. There were 3-ish more rows below the ones shown with different options. I searched for different symbols for a while trying to find weaknesses and honestly couldn’t find any. I couldn’t find anything that I Proloquo2Go has that Expressive doesn’t as far as symbol selection so that is great. (actually I couldn’t find some football team icons but that could be easily added via uploaded pictures!) One quick critique: sometimes when searching for specific verbs, the options for gender & race of the people in the symbols are very  minimal. You will probably have an AAC system where the majority of the symbols are white and male. I don’t want to discount Expressive for this though, because many AAC systems have this problem! (see the second picture above for ‘About Me’)

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Customization: Expressive can be easily customized, including adding folders, images, and buttons. Each can be customized with any text, pictures, and color coding system if desired. It’s all very easy to figure out and very intuitive! The buttons can also be rearranged easily.

Price: AAC devices and apps can be ridiculously expensive! Expressive is at a fantastic price point which makes it good for an entry-level AAC app. I’ve also heard of SLPs starting with Expressive as a trial system. I can’t imagine an AAC app could ever be priced better actually! :)

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Layout: The layout of the app kind of fits in with customization, but Expressive is incredibly intuitive. The layout is visually appealing and it just ‘makes sense’. It also looks great in both landscape and portrait mode.

What is missing?

A keyboard option: I think keyboards are critical for some AAC users. If I had an AAC client that was considering a system, I might not choose this one because of a lack of keyboard option (if the client could use/grow to use a keyboard).

Great voice quality: I am personally not a huge fan of the voices Expressive comes with. I tested this by creating sentences, and having the system speak the whole sentence to a friend of mine in the room. She was unable to identify what I was trying to say in about 25% of the trials. But, if most of the listeners to the student can see the screen, they could always just read the buttons themselves. Voices on ANY system are slightly questionable in my opinion, and Expressive is no different.

Multiple boards: While this may not matter a whole lot, particularly to AAC users who own their iPad, as an SLP I would love to see an option to make many boards and switch between them for different clients!

Overall, it is worth the price? ABSOLUTELY YES. Expressive is definitely worth investing in!! I think it could help a huge population of AAC users. Check out in the App Store here.

Have you used it? I would LOVE to hear your opinions!!

Articulate It! – A Smarty Ears App Review

In my opinion, Smarty Ears has one of the best reputations for creating seamless, great looking, and functional apps for speech-language pathologists. Articulate It! is no exception. I was so impressed with this app!

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If you are unfamiliar with Smarty Ears apps, you should know that they hook up with a free app called the Therapy Report Center.

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In the Therapy Report Center, you can add your caseload, their goals, their age, and more.

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From there, you can import/export seamlessly between the Therapy Report Center and Smarty Ears Apps.

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For example, after a session using Articulate It!, you can upload the data to the Therapy Report Center. Then, if you use a different Smarty Ears App next time, you can compare progress between apps.

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You can also print off progress reports from the Therapy Report Center as well. It’s an amazing idea from Smarty Ears and helps me stay organized so much!

Okay now for describing Articulate It! As I stated before, it’s a wonderful app. It’s not only great looking, but it’s intuitive, functional, and takes great data. From there, you can select students, and choose to play either flashcards or matching. Note: If you don’t want to select a student, you can choose Quick Play from the home screen.

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After you select either flashcards or matching, you can designate the sounds/patterns you want to work on with each student you’ve selected. See some of the MANY amazing choices below:

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 As you can see, there are so many options. I can’t imagine an articulation client that this application wouldn’t have thought of! You can also customize each word list AND add custom words!

Below is an example of what you might see if you wanted to do matching:

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One different thing about this app is that is shows you a card (ex: shoelace in the pictures above) and the student has to search for the one match. Each student keeps guessing until they find shoelace. Then the next student’s board pops up containing their sounds.

Below is an example of what you might see if you choose flashcards:

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There are many ways you can change around the settings as well:

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And you can leave notes as needed.

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You can change the picture from word level, phrase level, and sentence level AND take data separately on each!

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And that brings us full circle to the data section of the app. See some example of this section below:

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I absolutely love how the data is presented! It’s color coded, so easy to read, and broken up into well-organized categories. From this section, you can export the data to the Therapy Report Center as I mentioned at the beginning of this post.

Overall: I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this app! It works as described, looks great, and provides so much useful data & information. If you are looking for an articulation app, please seriously consider Articulate It!

Disclaimer: I received this product at no cost in exchange for my review. All of the thoughts and opinions expressed are mine.

Three Apps by Dynavox Mayer-Johson – Reviews + GIVEAWAYS

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

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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:

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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.

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2) PCS™ Word Scramble App

The next app I checked out targets spelling and vocabulary (primarily).

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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:

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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:

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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):

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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!

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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:

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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:

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You can also target language with this app:

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There are articulation flashcards included, with a huge variety of sounds/cards, all in PCS.

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When you click on a sound, you can edit the cards that will be targeted if desired:

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And then the flashcards begin. Again, the target sound is in blue.

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 Last but not least, vocabulary can be targeted. Some of the included categories are below:

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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.

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And once again, you can control exactly what cards are included in each deck:

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 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!

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