Our apps are designed by Speech-Language Pathologists who have many years of experience working with children and adults who have language, speech, and attention issues. As you can see in the image above, our apps have a clean distraction-free screen so you can focus on what’s important—good speech production. Our apps use colorful pictures to grab your client’s attention but the most important part of the app is the built-in voice recorder. Clients can hear their own voice, compare it to our production, hear the difference, and make corrections. After the SLP explains how to make the correct sounds, clients quickly become adept at changing their own speech.
The structure of the apps is very similar, so once you are familiar with the options and scoring for one app, you’ll be able to easily navigate all of the others. The main work area of the apps has a picture or pictures, record and playback icons, and a scoring toolbar.
Types of Apps
The forced-choice apps, like Show Me… People, Places, and Things, have two or four pictures on the screen and the auditory prompt is “Show Me” followed by the target label. Tap on a picture to hear the label of the picture. Double-tap the picture and then listen to a sentence or phrase about the picture. The text can be turned on and off with the sunburst at the top right of the screen.
The “Speech Practice” style apps like Articulation IV, have one picture on the screen and four to six word, phrase, and sentence icons on the side of the screen. Tap on a letter on the screen to hear our production. Use the microphone icon to imitate our production and the speaker icon to check your production. If you wish, you can score the production in the scoring toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
The apps are loosely organized into 8 groups: Speech/Articulation Sound production; Phonology; Forced Choice; Social Skills; Language; and Literacy; Attention; and En Español (Spanish Language). There is significant overlap between groups. For example, even though the words in Phonology are based on phonological principles, the app goes beyond that and includes the target word in phrases and sentences. The Show Me… Social app uses polite expressions in natural language settings. It could also be used to learn the forced-choice format, auditory comprehension, language expression or articulation. The En español group has apps that have been designed solely from the Spanish phonological system as well as some popular apps that have been translated from English.
The Settings button allows you to view the instructions, select words from specific categories, and change the scoring options.
The options are similar between apps. All of the apps let you sign in with a student or client name. The app will remember the name and display it with results. All apps let you reset the scoring—for new clients or a new day. Forced choice apps allow you to score the correct choice of picture by tapping on a small checkbox on the lower left corner of the picture. You can also choose to have either the label or the sentence follow the “Show Me” prompt. The speech-practice style apps let you decide whether text is shown below the picture. Apps like Learning Sight Words let you decide the delay between showing the word on the screen and the auditory prompt.
Scoring Speech Sound Productions
Most apps will allow you to choose between three speech production scoring methods. CDI has Correct, Distorted, and Incorrect scoring buttons in the scoring toolbar. CDSO has Correct, Distorted, Substituted, and Omitted scoring buttons in the scoring toolbar. Sp-Im has Spontaneous Correct, Spontaneous Incorrect and Imitative Correct, Imitative Incorrect scoring buttons in the scoring toolbar.
View and Print Results
The results for each session are available in the app and can also be viewed later using iTunes.
Detailed results for each session can be mailed from within the app. An example of emailing results is shown below. Note that we’ve done some calculations of percent correct and incorrect for you.
All of the apps work on iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® running iOS5 or greater. Because of the different screen sizes and operating systems there are slight differences. On older iPhones, there is not enough room on the device in portrait mode to show text below the picture in forced choice apps. The new iPhone 5 and iPod touch do have enough room for text so you will see text on those devices. There are also differences in appearance when in portrait or landscape mode. For most apps, we find that portrait mode works best on iPhone and iPod and landscape mode works best on iPad. And apps running on iOS7 or greater have a different look and feel than apps running on earlier versions of iOS.