March Madness: App Reviews for the busy SLP

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You’ve heard me mention YappGuru before—I joined their panel of “expert” reviewers over a year ago and pitched in at their ASHA booth this past November. But what kind of criteria are we using?  Why does it matter and what’s in it for you? This is why. As iPads have become increasingly common in educational fields, app developers have flooded iTunes with “learning” apps.  Some are good, plenty are great but there are also lots of mediocre to poorly executed ones.  [Continue Reading]

Speech Journal Review and Giveaway!

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Congratulations to Mary and Debra who each won a copy of this app! Basketball is a HUGE deal in North Carolina so I was excited when Yapp Guru decided to host a March Madness themed contest.  Be prepared for a lot of fun!  I’m taking this seriously, so be sure to check out my profile on YappGuru because I’ll be posting a new app review each day in March.  Here on the blog, you can get in on the action too! [Continue Reading]

App Review and Giveaway: Articulate It!

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Just last week I saw Smarty Ears announce an update to Articulate It! that allows you to select themes.  What fun!  I downloaded the change immediately. Articulate It! is an articulation flashcard app with two “play” options—flashcard drill or matching—which makes it seem a bit generic.  Simply select or add a player(s) to start and hit “play.”  Now choose “FlashCards” or “Matching.”  Now it starts to differentiate itself from the other artic deck apps. Choose from four options:  phonemes, phonological [Continue Reading]

Review: Social Skill Builder’s Interactive Social App

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I recently had the chance to try the Social Skill Builder’s Interactive Social App by Social Skill Builder.  Wow!  It’s ambitious! The app is designed to help kiddos, primarily those on the spectrum, navigate social situations that they would encounter in everyday life. The videos are made with “real” people meaning the kids look like kids in terms of dress and age, the adults look like adults you might bump into while running errands and the settings are mostly true [Continue Reading]

App Review: Sunny Articulation & Phonology Test

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Here Comes the Sun! A couple years ago, I had the chance to see Barbra Fernandes M.S., CCC-SLP, from SmartyEars present a number of apps including “Sunny.”  I was intrigued, but I at the time I was focused more on apps for treatment and wasn’t really looking into those for assessment. But I jumped when I was given the chance to try it this year.  While it won’t/can’t take the place of the Goldman-Fristoe that I typically use, both because [Continue Reading]

App Review: Artic Academy

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Sometimes I fell like I really am running an Artic Academy, so I was very excited to see the title of this new app by Pocket SLP (available for $9.99 in the app store). I was also happy to see, as the name implies, that it is appropriate for a slightly older crowd, since I have a number of elementary kiddos that don’t appreciate “baby” looking apps and are very vocal about it! Target phonemes:  s, z, s blends, l, [Continue Reading]

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

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June 28, 2013:  Congratulations to Cassandra S. who won a free copy of SlowTunes! SlowTunes is a new, iPhone app ($1.99) developed by the dad of a girl with apraxia.  She loved the “Time to Sing” CD which features popular kids’ tunes like the Hokey Pokey and Wheels on the Bus at a slower tempo that she could keep up with.  But time goes on, kids’ tastes change and sometimes a mom or dad needs  to hear a new song.  [Continue Reading]

I’m Sort of Flipping Out

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New apps are a thrill. Actually I should admit that, at least for me, often the idea of the app is the thrill. It’s bright! It’s cute! It says it does everything!  But I have a number of articulation apps that are really just glorified artic decks. Well, guess what, the kids aren’t any more thrilled about it than I am. And then there’s always a problem of some sort.  Maybe I chose a specific target in a specific position.  Why then [Continue Reading]