Pic-A-Boo is a free app by Pic-A-Boo Baby that offers a fun twist on peek-a-boo. At first glance this app is inline with other similar peek-a-boo apps out there like the Peek-a-Boo series by Night & Day Studios. The premise of Pic-A-Boo is simple, you tap on the screen and you reveal the object hiding behind the hands, barn door, blanket, or doll house.
The game comes free with Cute Animals and Happy Robots to play pic-a-boo with. The remaining pictures are available as a in-app purchase of $1.99 and include over 40 images in 6 different sets of fun peekaboo games including farm and zoo animals with real sounds, illustrated eggs in a variety of uniforms, happy robots, illustrated animals and sweet stars.
The best part of the app, which is included as part of the in-app purchases, is the ability to import your own and create your own “Boos”. With the ability to import your own pictures you are free to change it up a bit and target pronouns by adding pictures of yourself , family members, and the child as well as working on things like verbs or articulation.
The ability to record your voice is somewhat limited as you are only able to record the sound that plays each time the object that is hiding is revealed which could be fun for younger children.
Pictured below are some examples of some CVC words to play a fun game of Pic-A-Boo!!
Kids Vehicles 1: Interactive Fire Truck, $1.99, is a 3D interactive App by 22 learn available for iPad and iPhone. It similar to other interactive apps out there as you are able to drive the truck, put out fires, and learn about fire truck vocabulary. The one twist with this app is the augmented reality feature which allows you to virtually drive the fire truck around in your environment. This of course opens lots of doors for use in speech therapy!
This pictures show the fire rescue mini game:
The next thing you want to do is set up your environment to use with the augmented reality. In this example we were driving around and searching for the fire. It was hidden around the room. On chairs, under tables, and in lots of other silly places. (The disclaimer here obviously is to make sure you are working with a client that understands fire safety.) We then worked on his sentence structure as he is one of those kiddos that tends to leave out “the”, “is”, and “a/an” in his sentences. He had to hide the fire and then explain to me over our walkie talkies exactly where it was.
Additional activities can include:
- Targeting articulation by hiding cards around the room that the child needs to “rescue”
- Targeting following directions and have the child follow 1-2 step directions i.e., drive to the table then make a left.
- Targeting narrative skills by having the child tell the story about how the saved the day.
Be creative and have fun!
Please feel free to comment on any other ideas you have for using this app 🙂
I have to admit I was pretty skeptical from the get go about Speech Buddies, but I like to welcome new technologies to the field so I was eager to see what they had to offer. Speech Buddies are a series of speech therapy tools, by Articulate Technologies,to help children learn correct tongue positioning for five speech sounds. These are sounds that typically are the most difficult for some children to produce. These sounds are – R, S, L, CH, and SH.
Speech Buddies were designed by a team of speech-language pathologists and engineers who understand the challenges associated with speech therapy and treating speech disorders.
It’s very important to note that Speech Buddies are not oral motor therapy. What they do is essentially help the child increase the kinesthetic awareness or sensory biofeedback of their articulators. Here is a diagram of how they work.
I used the Speech Buddies for about a month with clients that ranged from minor articulation errors on /l/ and /r/ to apraxia. I was pleasantly surprised by the results that I was seeing after using the Buddies for one or two sessions. I found that they worked best for clients who did not have any cognitive deficits as they were somewhat resistant to utilizing the Buddies in their mouths and for those that did tolerate it they often wanted to take the Speech Buddy from their mouth and then play therapist on me. ( Rubbing alcohol is used to sanitize between uses). Another issue I had was with missing dentition which didn’t offer the speech buddy support to cue the sound. For some of my clients who were working on one or two of these sounds they enjoyed using the Buddies on themselves and were able to instantly hear and feel the difference between their incorrect production and the production with the Speech Buddy. Overall I would recommend using the Speech Buddies, especially if you are a therapist that treats a caseload filled with clients with poor speech intelligibility.