Phonological Processing App and Giveaway!

Congratulations to Barb Jenson 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.)

Phon processes cover slide

Let’s start with a look at Phonological Processes (version 2.0.1).

Phonological processing apps are not as common as those for articulation and they generally need to be appealing to younger kiddos.  Happily it succeeds in spades!

Phon processing selection

The theme is jungle animals and you have a choice of two activities—flashcards or a board game.  Regardless of which you choose, you can select from “Auditory Bombardment,” “Auditory Discrimination,” “Minimal Pair Production,” or “Single Word Production” as the stimulus.

Except for “single word production,” the child is always shown a minimal pair.  What varies is whether they are listening only, listening and choosing a picture or producing both words.  I use minimal pairs frequently in my speech activities so I found this to be very effective.

phon process minimal pair

The flashcards are fairly typical, but a few features I liked in particular were the ability to stay with a picture for more than one trial regardless of whether or not they produced it accurately.  It also shows a running tally of trials and the percent correct.  There is the ability to record the production and listen to the word being produced.

The board game, however, is where the real fun is!  You touch the spinner in the middle of the board to find out how far to move the game piece (actually the piece is moved for you automatically, one of the few features I didn’t like—I would prefer my students get the counting practice—but it does help move us along more quickly.

Phon processes cover slide

If you land on a space with an animal there is a brief animation (my kiddos LOVED this!), regardless of this you are shown a flashcard to complete.  Again, you have the option to practice the pair as many times as you’d like before moving back to the game board and the tallies/percentages are shown.

Once the game is over (or you’ve finished your flashcards), you will see a session report.  You can email the report or just leave it stored within the app (you can later review it based on date or goal).

There are lots of processes to choose from including various stopping, gliding and cluster reduction goals, as well as fronting, final consonant deletion, prevocalic voicing, affrication and deaffrication.

The app does allow for multiple users with different goals to participate in the speech activities.

For more information, click here.

Hope to win your own copy?  Leave a comment below letting me know if you’ve ever been on a safari, if it’s on your bucket list or if you think the zoo is plenty thrilling enough!  The winner will be drawn at random.  You have until midnight EST on January 31, 2016 to enter.  Good luck!




This Post Has 63 Comments

  1. M. Parker

    Maybe on my bucket list. Not real high though.

    1. peri walker

      My family went to this great Local place here in California – Safari West. You actually drive in a jeep out on the terrain and see animals roaming free such as giraffes and rhinos! My boys loved and it was something we always wanted to do. We also had yearly membership to our local zoo when my boys (3) were younger and pretty much lived there 🙂

    2. Julie

      Not high on my list althoughI love zoos. My sister went on an African visit last year and was very disappointed in the lions. Their visit unfortunately came after the lions had recently had a kill so they were very full and only interested in lying about. Reminded her of many families following a Thanksgiving meal! I learned something about the lions! However for her safety I was glad the lions appetite was satisfied!

    3. Cynthia Peacock

      The zoo is plenty for me. Not at hot as a safari would be and its hot enough already here in texas!!

  2. Missi Jaerling

    The closest thing to a safari I have every been on was at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. I would LOVE to go on a real safari. There’s no zoo to replace seeing animals in their natural habitats.

  3. MaryBeth

    The jungle safari at Disney World was plenty thrilling enough!

  4. Krista Dahm

    Yes definitely on bucket list. I was suppose to go last year but fell through. One day. 😊

  5. Marcy

    Um….the thought of being devoured by a jungle animal is very low on my list :).

  6. Karen

    I was lucky enough to go on a safari in at Kruger Park , South Africa years ago. The family that took me arranged for an overnight stay in a thatch-roofed hut! Their kids told me that from their hut they saw animals walking around near the door to my hut in the early morning! I think having a safari app is a lot less scary. I believe it was there that I fed a bottle to a baby lion , who the caretakers had put in my lap!!!! Can’t believe that I had the nerve.

  7. Mary-Beth

    Definitely on my bucket list!

    Thanks for this review. Like your others, these really help me stay current.

  8. Diana

    I have never been on a safari, but I think it would be amazing (as long as I don’t get attacked by lions)! This would definitely be on my bucket list!

  9. Steve

    Somewhere on my bucket list.

  10. Tami

    We have the Omaha zoo near us. The best:)

  11. Kim Hovey

    Going to Africa is definitely on my bucket list, so I suppose if i’m there, I should go on safari… Thanks for the review.

  12. Cindy Picton

    Not on my bucket list. Thanks for the review.

  13. Marie KM

    I would love to go on a safari! It is on the list.

  14. Amy Abdai

    Would LOVE to go on a Safari. I just started as a docent at my local zoo. I have learned so much about the animals and would love a chance to see them in the wild.

  15. Nancy Morse

    I grew up watching Daktari. I loved that show and would really love to see Africa via a jeep and a driver.

  16. Anna Carr

    I had the opportunity to visit Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya several years ago. It was an amazing experience and I would love to go back again if I could!

  17. Ana

    I would LOVE to go to a Safari in Africa. I went to a place in Florida where you can ride your car and see the animals just walking around…but I don’t think it is the same.

  18. Shira Reiss

    Definitely on my bucket list!

  19. Ronnie

    In another life, I’d like to go on safari…it’s not in the cards for this life.
    But, I love the idea of this app.

  20. Jill T.

    I’ve never gone on a safari, however if the opportunity presented itself, I would gladly accept it. As far as bucket list, it is definitely something I would like to do, but there are many other items ahead of it. In the meantime, I will gladly use the safari theme of this app to satiate me. :0) Thanks for the chance to win it!!

  21. Laura

    Thanks for the review. One time I took a break while doing a photo shoot and went on a one-day back bush safari near the Rift Valley in Kenya. Honestly, all the vaccinations I had to get to travel to East Africa were scarier than seeing a rhinoceros from the back of a Land Rover. I highly recommend traveling to Africa to meet the people and see the land though.

  22. Sue

    I have friends that went to Africa on a picture taking safari. I will continue to live vicariously through their adventures.

  23. Susan Buchen

    This IS an exciting new app. So little out there for phonological kiddos. Thanks for the review! I’ve never been on a safari but my cousin has and can’t wait to do it again. It’s apparently amazing.

  24. Nikki

    I would be happy to stick to the zoos 🙂

  25. Rosemary

    I grew up in the city and didn’t see a real cow or pig until I was 18 years old. I was amazed at how warm cows were! I would love to go on an actual safari some day…

  26. Janis Giordanelli

    I’ve never been on a safari unless you count the Jungle Excursion at Walt Disney World!

  27. Maria

    Animal Kingdom at Disney is as close as I’ve come to a safari! I’d put it way down the bucket list, but would definitely go if given the opportunity! Sounds like a great app for our little students….

  28. Jenny H

    I’ve never been, but I would love to go on a safari! I figure if I keep my distance, those beautiful, wild animals will keep theirs while I observe and watch with awe.
    Thanks for the review! Seems like a terrific app.

  29. Dena Shipley

    OH yes!! I am crazy about giraffes so a Jungle safari would be the greatest thing ever. I did get a kiss by a giraffe named PAppy at a zoo. It was so fun but I would love to see animals in their natural habitat!

  30. Pamela

    I’very never been on a safari, and I love visiting the zoo, I’d love a chance to photograph animals in their natural habitats even more.

  31. Annette Macher

    The only kind of safari I would care to go on would be to see elephants in the wild. Love those animals!

  32. Julie Ariemma

    Love your review! I think I’ll just stick with the Memphis Zoo. It’s pretty great!

  33. Nanette Cote

    I would love to go to the zoo more often, but sadly, my 10 year old has had his fill. Maybe we should put a safari adventure on our bucket list!

  34. Genevieve

    The zoo is fun enough for me. Maybe one day a real safari experience will be on my list.

  35. Susan S.

    A safari is definitely on my list.

  36. Lauren B

    A safari is definitely on the bucket list but, sadly, probably won’t happen anytime soon!

  37. Renee

    I would love to go on a safari. We live minutes from the only zoo in Connecticut and spend a tremendous amount of time there. this will have to do for now!

    thank you for your review!

  38. Sue

    I’d prefer to visit the zoo but I do find wildlife fascinating and inspiring!

  39. Trish M.

    The zoo is plenty exciting for me! I’ll watch a safari on tv from my comfy couch!

  40. Annie Doyle

    I have never been on safari (unless you count the Bengali Express at the Bronx Zoo). I imagine it would be wonderful.

  41. Renee Ingram

    I’ll stick with the zoo!

  42. Barb Jenson

    I’ve been on a school safari in a 1st grade classroom. Not on my bucket list, but would consider it if the opportunity came up with friends.

  43. Jeanie

    A local Jeep safari works for me. 🙂 Hope to win the app! Crossing my fingers!

  44. Cassandra S.

    There are aspects of a safari that are appealing in theory, however in reality…the zoo is a much better fit for me!

  45. Lindsay

    I think a zoo is plenty for me!

  46. Katy Smith

    I have been on a jeep trip into the jungle in Sri Lanka and saw lots of wild elephants and crocodiles – amazing! I now dream of saving up enough money and going on a safari in Africa to see lions and giraffes and all their friends.

  47. Michelle

    I’d love to go on a safari one day! There’s a local drive through petting zoo/safari type of thing that I’ve always wanted to go to.

  48. Sara

    Well it’s not on my bucket list, but I’d go on a safari!

  49. Lisa Sweat

    Bucket list!

  50. Tammy Harris

    I think I’ll stick with the zoo!!

  51. Katie

    Going on Safari is not on my bucket-list but getting this app will be!

  52. Susie

    I’ve never been on a safari, but I do like zoos!

  53. Shane Sellers

    A photography safari would be a wonderful experience!

  54. Marilyn

    The zoo would be my choice…………………..

  55. Marilyn

    The zoo – not a Safari…

  56. Deb Culbertson

    I love the zoo, but a Safari is just a little too wild for me!

  57. Tracy Rodriguez

    I would love ❤️ to go on a safari. My sister and brother-in-law went last summer and the pictures they shared were amazing. However, for most of us, the zoo is our closest home town safari. I’ve visited many, but my favorite was the San Diego Zoo!

  58. Sheryl Roberts

    I think a safari might be a bit frightening, but I would certainly consider going on one.

  59. Meagan Lawson

    Yes, a safari is definitely on my bucket list!!

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