Articulation Vacation App Review and Giveaway!

Congratulations to Annie Doyle who won this giveaway!

This week I will be reviewing—and giving away copies of—apps from Virtual Speech Center! 

I had a chance to meet one of the co-founders at ASHA this year and was excite to take a look at what they have to offer.  I’d used Post Office for sequencing before, but was curious to try some of their other options.  I’m so glad I did!  My kiddos have been much more engaged with these apps!  (Please note, that while I was given a copy of each app reviewed here and a code to giveaway, opinions expressed are strictly my own.)

AV cover

Articulation Vacation (version 1.5)

Oh, those artic kiddos, especially the ones working on articulation of R.  Boy, can they linger!  I LOVE having extra speech activities up my sleeve for them (and me) and these were really fun!

AV phonemes

I really appreciated that it included lots of phoneme targets.  Each l, s and r blend was addressed separately and there were vocalic /r/ separations as well.

AV selectionsWithin each phoneme, you have the option to choose the position and even (de)select specific words and choose word, phrase or story level.

AV storyThe story level is a great option to have, but there is only one story/target.

AV fishing

Once you’ve selected your target, you can start to play.  The first activity you see is a man in a fishing boat.  Tap on him and he pulls an object out of the water.  A speech bubble to the side gives you the written prompt.  You can have the app say the word for you and/or record your own voice.  Just like Phonological Processes, you can keep track of trials and stay on each word for as many trials as you want.  Press the arrow to move to the next activity/target.

AV sand pic

Now we’re presented with a picture partially buried in the sand.  Swipe to uncover the entire picture and say the word.

AV photo

Smile!  It’s time to take a photo.  Scan the horizon until a target word shows up in the viewfinder (the button turns green as an additional clue.)  Press the shutter button and a Polaroid style photo pops out.  Again, say the target word.

AV parachute

The final game is everyone’s favorite!  The pictured object parachutes above the water and you try to drop it on the raft.

In settings, you can choose to stick with one game or run between all of them (you can set the number of stimuli you want before the game changes).  But my kiddos LOVED the parachuting game so much, I left mine in the default setting which changes the activity after each trial.  They stuck with this FOREVER waiting for more parachute chances!

The app stores data on multiple users and allows reports to be emailed.  The app allows for multiple uses within a session with different targets and stores data on each.

For more information, click here.

Hope to win your own copy?  Leave a comment below letting me know where you’d like to go vacation if you had the chance to leave tomorrow (and it was paid for)!  The winner will be drawn at random.  You have until midnight EST on January 31, 2016 to enter.  Good luck!

 

 

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This Post Has 51 Comments

  1. M. Parker

    Would love to go to Bali!

  2. Susan S.

    IRELAND, AND I wouldn’t HESITATE!

  3. Ann Gulstad

    We would go to Chile and Spain.

  4. Mary-Beth

    Australia!

  5. Melanie

    New Zealand!

  6. Pat M

    I would love to go to Greece.

  7. Jill

    I would like to go to New Zealand…as was told to me, “Nobody regrets going to New Zealand.

  8. Deb

    Scotland is on my bucket list!

  9. Patricia

    I would go to Italy!

  10. Amy Schmidt

    Maui:)

  11. Kim Hovey

    I would head for somewhere tropical…

  12. Maria

    Hawaii! it’s on my bucket list (ahead of the safari….ha!)

  13. Marie KM

    Kauai!

  14. Rita

    Hoping to crusie the British Isles this year.

  15. Amy Abdai

    I would love to go to Kenya.

  16. Annie Doyle

    Europe! Anyplace in Europe! I love how old everything is! I love the history! I love the architecture, the museums, the food! I could go on!!!

  17. Barb Jenson

    Ireland to go biking !!!!!

  18. Anita O'Connor-Morgan

    I would like to go to Italy! Thanks for the opportunity to possibly win this app-it looks great!

  19. Joan O'Brien

    St. Lucia 🙂

  20. Nikki

    Tahiti! It’s so cold here.

  21. Ronnie

    Israel

  22. Jill T.

    If it was paid for??? Hallelujah! Anywhere in Europe…I’d love to go to Spain, Austria, England, Ireland… anywhere other than being stuck here at home! :0)

  23. Joan

    Scotland!

  24. Kaila

    Australia and New Zealand. In a heartbeat. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go there, and having a professor from NZ didn’t help my urge 🙂

  25. Brianna Hartman

    I would definitely go to Ireland or somewhere tropical.

  26. Annette Macher

    Oh, heavens! Send me on a trip to the British Isles!

  27. Casey Z

    I would love to go backpacking in Europe!!!

  28. Jill

    Spain!

  29. Cassandra S.

    Spain. Or New Zealand. Or The Netherlands. 🙂

  30. Lindsay

    I would go all around Europe!

  31. Kris

    Hmmmm lets see…..Ecuador

  32. Sue

    Italy and Austrailia would be my top picks 🙂

  33. Angie

    I would love to travel to Australia! After that…any place tropical and warm since I live in a snowbelt 🙂

  34. Katy Smith

    There are so many places I want to see but if I was told I could go anywhere tomorrow I think I’d choose lovely Thailand

  35. Michelle

    I’d love to go back to Italy and take my husband with me. Couldn’t get enough of it when I went in high school on a school trip.

  36. Sara

    I would love to go to Australia.

  37. Lisa Sweat

    Australia!

  38. Mary

    Europe! 🙂

  39. Tammy Harris

    Italy would be wonderful!!

  40. Lisa

    I would LOVE to go to Jamaica!!!

  41. Susie

    Costa Rica! (Sorry…my caps lock is stuck on:)

    1. Susie

      never mind–it changed to lower case once it posted

  42. Susan D

    I would love to go to Hawaii!

  43. Shane Sellers

    I would love to go to Australia!

  44. Marilyn

    My top two picks would be Australia or Hawaii 🙂

  45. Sheryl Roberts

    Oh gosh! There are so many places I would love to go. I really love warm tropical places but I really loved Germany also. I would probably choose to return to Europe.

  46. Michelle P

    Sounds crazy, but Southwest Florida. Fairly quick flight, and I’d be able to visit family and friends who have moved to FL from the northeast.

  47. Meagan Lawson

    Italy!

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