One of the most sickening feelings I have is when I look in my travel bag and realize something is missing. At my “home” school location it isn’t a big deal, but in some other schools I have access to nothing.
While we can, and should, be able to come up with something out of anything (see The Dabbling Speechie Linky Party for proof), the reality is the days I forget something aren’t the days I’m feeling tip-top or particularly creative.
If I have my iPad on my, obviously we can have a quick save, but I don’t always bring that either and I realize not everyone has access to one.
What I do always have, however, is my phone and while the majority of apps are optimized for the iPad, there are some options for therapy available that are perfect on smaller screens. Here are a few options:
- Rory’s Story Cubes ($1.99, Apple or Android): In some ways these are easier on the phone since you avoid the issue of “accidental” tosses to the floor that some kiddos use to avoid work (I know what you’re up to, buddy.) The dice still make a satisfying rolling sound and you can manipulate them or hit “lock.” Shake your phone to re-roll. The app contains both the original and action die. Other sets are available for in-app purchase. I do wish there was a feature that let you select exactly which pics were included.
- Make Dice (free for lite, $2.99 full): This app allows you to create dice with personalized sides. You might have different fluency techniques (slow rate, pausing, stretch speech, etc.), funny voices or pitches, or sentence/phrase/word x 5/etc. You can even choose the dice and table color. The app allows the use of up to six dice at a time. Bonus! The full version removes ads and has some additional features. The most fun to me is the option to put photos from your camera on the die!
- Super Duper Fun Decks (large variety of topics and prices; Apple or Android): Many of the Super Duper “apps” are, sorry to say, extremely boring on iPads mostly because they are simply an e-card deck. However, on the phone, expectations, not to mention screens, are smaller and they work well in this format.
- Erik X. Raj apps (generally $2.99-$4.99): These clever and silly apps are a huge success on phones because they have strong content that isn’t dependent on involved graphics. I find that Game Show Articulation (pictured above), Multiple Choice Articulation and I Dare You are particularly successful on phones.
- Sensory Speak Up Too and Bla Bla Bla (both are free): Both of these apps offer cause/effect graphics in response to vocalizations. Because of the portability and easy maneuverability of the phone, both of these are almost more successful in a phone format as long as the child doesn’t have significant visual impairment.
If you felt you really had to have an articulation deck, I would recommend going with ArtikPix which gives you options to buy individual sounds, several groups or opt for the full array (currently $29.99 for BHSM). It’s the most reasonable option and you aren’t paying for visuals that are too difficult to use on a small phone screen.
A few other, non-treatment, apps of note:
- Super Duper Data Tracker ($1.99; Apple or Android): This will give you a way to collect and save any kind of data in the event you forget the actual file. Or paper. Or pen.
- Speech Therapy Advocate (free; Apple or Android): This is an aggregator of popular speech therapy blogs which means if you have a few unoccupied minutes (huh?), you can do a quick perusal of current articles from ASHASphere to, well, me. Posts run chronologically, but there are options to search by topic.
I’ve found that nearly every app I have on my iPad can be downloaded on my phone as well without an additional charge.
Anyone else out there using their phone for apps in therapy? Let us know your favorites!