Archive for November, 2012


Hopefully most of you found my Halloween Edition of Appdapted very useful. I really wanted to do a thanksgiving one but honestly there were only a few apps out for Turkey Day and most involved hunting turkey, not a good therapy activity. We have now moved into the Holiday Season so take a look at some great apps to use in therapy. A good majority focus around Christmas. I tried my best to find some relevant Hanukkah or Kwanza ones with very little success.

I have lots to share so keep an eye on this post as I will be updating it regularly. For now start off with these awesome apps that will keep your kids motivated!

Updated 11/27/12

Snow Doodle– $.99  Buy it Now!

Snow Doodle is the latest addition to the Doodle family by Shoe the Goose. This app has tons of potential and was released just in time for the winter season.  You have the ability to not only build “snow people” ( Have to be politically correct here, not all snow beings are men after all) but also build things using your imagination and tools like a pail, castle block, coffee cup, or a tube. Just tap the tool and out pops the snow. You can also use the free form tool and manipulate the snow ball into any design you want. This app has tons of potential and with the ability to import anything from your photo roll you can Appdapt it into any speech or language activity.

Built using the Pail tool

Turn your designs into a puzzle

Why is the Snowman scared??

Toca Hair Salon: Christmas Gift Free Highly Recommended

This is an obvious gem when looking for a Christmas app to target therapy goals. You have the option to cut Santa’s hair! I mean who wouldn’t want to have fun doing that. There is also a Christmas tree option where you can trim and decorate the tree. Target all the goals you would with Toca Hair Salon but throw in some fun Christmas Vocabulary!

Gift-Wrap-AppFree My Favorite!! Download now!

I searched and searched for an App like this hoping it existed and it does it does!! This app has such a simple premise you will be taking every therapy goal and targeting it with this app. You take a picture , pick the gift wrap, and unwrap them! Target articulation, language, or pretty much anything. I would download pictures of popular toys this year and wrap them up. Have your clients describe what the toys do or how you would play with them. In the example below I used an action picture “drinking”.

Santa’s Magice Phone-DeluxeFree and Fun

PERSONALIZE certain calls by recording your voice, and we will disguise your voice as Milo, Santa’s Elf! Santa will then ask Milo a question during the call, and Milo will bring details into the phone call that your child would never have imagined! “Wow Mommy! How did Santa know I was polite with little Johnny?” Receive the call at your choosing for the ultimate reaction. You can select from numerous Naughty or Nice prerecorded messages, such as Good Job Being Polite, Eating Well, Sharing, You’re Off the Naughty List!, Not Listening, and many more!

Christmas House DecorationFree iOS

In this app its all in the name. You decorate the exterior of a house for Christmas. This will work great as a motivator, following directions,  or for tasks requiring knowledge of spatial concepts. Decorations include snowmen, trees, Santa, lights, etc..  Endless possibilities for a creative child or therapist!

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Chanukah DreidelFree 

This is one of the few apps that I found that incorporates Chanukah . It’s  a virtual dreidel so not so exciting but could be a proper motivator for those clients of yours that celebrate Chanukah.

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Peekaboo Presents-  $1.99  iOS and Android

Here is a another solid app by Night & Day studios, developers in the ever popular Peekaboo series. I featured there Peekaboo Trick-or-Treat app in my Halloween Post. To play the app you tap on the present that is under the christmas tree  shaking and making noise. The child must make a guess on what is inside the present based on the noise it is making. Lot’s of fun presents to open and noises to guess! Have fun with this one.

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Toys “R” Us Toy FinderFree

I have been using this app to help create my client’s wish list for their holiday presents. You are able to make a profile for a child and then save their list of toys. This app would work well in a group setting to foster some good conversation about what the children have selected and why they made those selections. Also offers a good opportunity to explain what a toy does and what it looks like. Ever have that child that suffers from word retrieval difficulties and is trying to explain a toy that they play with daily but they don’t know the name? Well have them search by  the  toy categories, etc.. to help them narrow it down.

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Remember to keep a an eye on this post as there will be new apps being added throughout the next month! Have fun !!

Speech-EZ Apps Giveaway!

Welcome to the the Speech-EZ Family of Apps giveaway! I’ll be giving away several copies of the following apps on 11/29/12!! Enter through Raffle Copter via the link at the bottom of the Page 🙂

Auditory Rhyming

Auditory Rhyming $29.99

Phonological awareness provides a beginning reader with an important tool for understanding relations between written and spoken language. A deficit in phonological awareness is accepted as a consistent feature of reading disabilities. Poor phonological awareness is linked to poor reading skills independent of IQ.

Children with deficits in one or more areas of phonological processing abilities may have more difficulty learning to read than those who do not. Phonological awareness describes an individual’s awareness of, and access to, the phonological structure of oral language.

The Auditory Rhyming app directly enhances and elevates phonological awareness skills in order for a young child to become a proficient reader and speller.

There are three different rhyme presentation options:

Inclusion:

The child will see and hear three picture cards: two that rhyme and one that does not. The child will identify, by tapping on, the two pictures that rhyme. After the child hears each word, he or she will be prompted to tap on the pictures that rhyme. For example, the child will hear: “big, beach, pig. Which two words rhyme?”

Exclusion:

The child will see and hear three picture cards: two that rhyme and one that does not. The child will identify, by tapping on, the picture that does not belong. After the child hears each word, he or she will be prompted to tap on the picture that does not rhyme with the other two words. For example, the child will hear: “cat, fan, bat. Which one does not rhyme?”

Random:

The random presentation is a mixed of the inclusion and exclusion presentation. This will place more auditory attention demands on the child, as they must listen for the specific directive.

Target Sound Identification

Target Sound Identification  $29.99

Target Sound Identification helps to enhance and elevate phonological awareness skills in order for a young child to become a proficient reader and speller. The Target Sound Identification app includes over 350 colorful and engaging picture cards.

The child is presented with a picture card and a field of three sound (phonogram) cards. The child must identify (by tapping on) a sound in the specific requested position of the word. For example, “Point to the first sound you hear in the word: ship”. In this example the correct response is: sh. “Point to the last sound you hear in the word: dog”. In this example the correct response is: g.

You have the ability to choose if you would like to work on initial (first) sound identification, final (last) sound identification, or initial and final randomized.

  • First Sound
  • Last Sound
  • Random

The randomized presentation will put more auditory attention demands on the child because they have to really attend to whether the target is asking for the first sound or last sound. Selecting “First Sound” will always ask to identify the first sound. Selecting “Last Sound” will always ask for the last sound.

This app is not intended to be self-guided by the child. The parent, teacher or specialist is to provide support and feedback to the child as needed.

Auditory Figure Ground

Auditory Figure Ground $29.99

Do you need an app that will help you determine if your child or client is experiencing a breakdown in their auditory processing of speech when there is background noise or help you  improve auditory processing skills in the presence of background noise?  Auditory Figure Ground-$29.99, by The Speech-EZ Apraxia Program, will help you accomplish this!

This app uses beautiful photographs that are presented to the listener in a field of four. It’s recommended that a good set headphones be used to accurately simulate the speech in the presence of background noise (Over the ear headphones and not ear-buds). You start off by selecting the type of background noise and the signal to noise ratio you want, while the words are presented.

Background Noise

You have the option of: childrens indoor playground, elementary school children in lobby, noisy crowd walking and talking, small cafe ambience, white noise, and quiet (no background noise).

Signal to Noise ratio

You have the option of: SNR 12 dB (Easiest), SNR 8 dB, SNR 4 dB, SNR 0 DB, and SNR -4 dB (Hardest)

Sound Matching

Sound Matching $29.99

The child must identify which word out of a field of two either begins or ends with the same sound as the target card. The child is presented with a target picture card and two other picture cards to sound match. For example, the child is presented with target picture card cub. “Which picture starts with the same sound as cub? leaf or coat.” The child must then tap on the picture of the coat. The following is an example of an ending sound match: “tub, fan, web. Which picture ends with the same sound as tub?”

You have the ability to choose if you would like to work on initial (first) sound matching, or final (last) sound matching, or initial and final in a randomized presentation.

  • Starting Sound
  • Ending Sound
  • Random

The randomized presentation will put more auditory attention demands on the child because they have to really attend to whether the target is asking for the starting sound or ending sound. Selecting “Starting Sound” will always ask to identify the matching first sound. Selecting “Ending Sound” will always ask for the matching last sound.

Enter Here for the Speech-EZ Apps  Rafflecopter Giveaway!!

#ASHA12 Crash course: iPad and Apps

Click on the image to download the handout

This handout is used during my NSSLHA Day Crash Course on iPad and Apps. Many of the apps I discuss are low cost or free and are used to be Appdapted for speech-language therapy.  Clock or tap on the icon in the handout to download the apps!

Getting Prepped for #ASHA12

With Thursday November 15, 2012 quickly approaching, there are probably some things you should check off your to do list.

These might include checking out the weather. I have never been to Atlanta before so I wanted to know what to expect.  So here is the expected forecast for the week of #ASHA12:

To streamline my organization I am using the Trip It app.  This is a cool app that you allow to access your e-mail’s inbox. It scans your e–mail for important travel info and then places on your Trip It Itinerary so you don’t have to fumble around with printed out info from the airlines, hotels, etc.. you have it all in one place, that is unless your battery dies ( so always bring a backup printed copy just in case).

If you checked out my #ASHA12 infographic you’ll remember that I mentioned last year’s online planner wasn’t much of a planner that included “ease of use”. If you haven’t taken a look at the planner yet here is the link http://www.asha.org/events/convention/program-planner/. What I did is highlighted all the sessions I am thinking about attending in the pocket planner. I am not sure why it’s called the pocket planner as you need some pretty big pockets to put it in. The pocket planner is found in the October 9th edition of The Leader.

After I highlighted all the sessions I want to attend I then went to the online planner. To select the session you want to attend you type in the session code number or do a search. To add it to your itinerary simply select the check box that indicates ” ADD TO MY ITINERARY”. This will save all your sessions to your itinerary where you will have the option to print it out or export it to a calendar app or Outlook.  I suggest exporting it to a Calendar I printed it out and it ended up being 14 pages, so save some trees.

Here are two examples of what my itinerary looks like using Android and iOS. I emailed myself the calendar file that the online planner generated and then opened it up on my Android phone and on my iPad. I suggest double and triple booking yourself just to give yourself some options in case the session sucks or there isn’t any seating available.

#ASHA 12 Itinerary on Android

#ASHA12 Itinerary on iPad

Auditory Figure Ground

Do you need an app that will help you determine if your child or client is experiencing a breakdown in their auditory processing of speech when there is background noise or help you  improve auditory processing skills in the presence of background noise?  Auditory Figure Ground-$29.99, by The Speech-EZ Apraxia Program, will help you accomplish this!

This app uses beautiful photographs that are presented to the listener in a field of four. It’s recommended that a good set headphones be used to accurately simulate the speech in the presence of background noise (Over the ear headphones and not ear-buds). You start off by selecting the type of background noise and the signal to noise ratio you want, while the words are presented.

Background Noise

You have the option of: childrens indoor playground, elementary school children in lobby, noisy crowd walking and talking, small cafe ambience, white noise, and quiet (no background noise).

Signal to Noise ratio

You have the option of: SNR 12 dB (Easiest), SNR 8 dB, SNR 4 dB, SNR 0 DB, and SNR -4 dB (Hardest)

The narrator will say the target word and the child has to tap on the one that they hear. This activities builds auditory processing and auditory attention skills when there is noise in the background. This skill is important in situations such as a noisy classroom.

Each picture also has the written word on the back of it. Simply hit the little arrow icon that indicates turning the card over. You are able to turn all the cards over if you wanted and hit the narration button as many times as you want. You also have the option to mute the background noise as well.



To win a copy of Auditory Figure Ground I am using a Rafflecopter giveaway.

I haven’t used Rafflecopter before so please let me know if you encounter any difficulty.  There are a few ways to earn points for the giveaway and they   are pretty simple- Click on the above RaffleCopter Link to enter- you will then be asked to:

1) Make  a comment on the blog

2) Follow @SpeechEzApraxia on Twitter

3)  Like The Speech-EZ Apraxia Program on Facebook

Good Luck!

 

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