Articulation Apps

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PhonoPix Full Version


Rinn Apps
grades pre-K through
How I use this app in speech therapy:
Similar to ArtikPix, but students are able to work on improving their production of phonological processes: Prevocalic Voicing (bear/pear), Word final Devoicing (pick/pig), Final Consonant Deletion (bee/beach), Marked Blend Reduction (fog/frog), Fronting (tea/key), Stopping (ton/sun), Unmarked blend reduction (pants/plants), Gliding (walk/rock), initial consonant deletion (air/chair), Backing (cape/tape).


How I use this app in speech therapy:
This minimal pairs app was slightly confusing to navigate at first, but there are tutorial videos available on the developer’s website. In addition to allowing you to customize each speech session for individual students, the app allows for both auditory discrimination (recognizing the sound when you hear it) as well as the expression of the target sounds. The targets are clip art, carefully chosen to be kid friendly. You can work with more than one student at a time by choosing the students and their targets prior to the start of the session. During the session, data can be collected at the top of the app and then saved or e-mailed.

Articulate it!


Smarty Ears
How I use this app in speech therapy:
When I first purchased the iPad it was tough to choose which apps to purchase. I needed to fill it with apps that would be appropriate for my Headstart and Preschool students but was on a pretty tight budget. In choosing an articulation program, I chose ArtikPix because it was cheaper and the pictures were cute. I had heard great things about Articulate it!2.0 from a colleague, so jumped at the generous offer from Smarty Ears to receive a complimentary copy for review on this site. I used it in therapy today (10/24/11), and have to say “What a fantastic app!!” It is a great addition to my articulation deck. I would liken this to buying the Super Duper Webber artic decks and then later purchasing the “Photo-artic” decks - the more variation the better. I used this app with my elementary level students and they really enjoyed being able to swipe the cards. When I asked them what they liked best they replied, “I like the check and x”. Having the ability for students to monitor their own speech is critical to successful articulation intervention. They appeared to be more mindful and even monitored peers’ production of target sounds saying things like, “give yourself a check” and/or “sorry that’s an x”.

This app allows SLPs to choose targets by phoneme (sound), phonological process (example: t/k=fronting), all back sounds (k,g) are produced with the tongue in a forward position (t/d); or manner of articulation: Where and how the sound is produced in the mouth (example: Fricatives require air flowing through the mouth with slight restriction by the tongue, teeth (/f/, /s/, /sh/, /z/, /th/). This app is excellent for older elementary school students as many of the words are harder to produce. It provides the next step after ArtikPix. If the developer were to do an update I would love to see a breakdown of blends (in therapy, SLPs tend to target a few blends at a time instead of all concurrently). In addition, it would also be fantastic if we could choose the number of syllables in a word. The data collection feature is fantastic and it allows me to collect individual data for each student.

Since we often see articulation students in groups of three or four, this app is makes it easy to work with multiple students at one time. After you begin the app and before you begin your therapy session, you can input each of your students’ names. During therapy, or right before, it’s very easy to set up your session. Tap new session on the bottom menu bar and select the students. When they are selected they will turn blue. Then click “start session” to begin assigning target phonemes (sounds). The program will allow you to choose a sound for each student (see student name at the top). Chose the sound, click done, and select initial, medial or final position and click done. You will repeat this process for every student in the group. Then you’re ready to begin. During the session, cards will alternate between students and you can keep separate data for each without lifting a pencil! You can also record productions via the record button in the upper left hand corner and save the recordings as another data analysis tool. The developer has also provided a “notes” section and the ability to share information through e-mail or printing through the “report card” feature.

I have to say, I’m glad I was able to add Articulate it! 2.0 to my bag of tricks!!

Additional Articulation Apps


I haven't had a chance to try these yet, but they are on my wish list.









Note: Say it Again and Speech Squares both require in-app purchases of individual sounds.


Articulation Station Pro for iPad


by Little Bee Speech
How I use this app in speech therapy:

So, the reason I’ve waited so long to add Articulation Station Pro to the website (besides the fact that school has kept me really busy) is that I wanted to compare it to ArtikPix for student interest. Honestly, they are neck and neck. My students really like both and I’ve found that having two articulation apps allows me to maintain student attention during therapy sessions. When purchasing this app you can opt to buy the Pro version which includes all of the sounds or the free version with in app purchases of the sounds that you need. I purchased the Pro version since you never know who’s going to show up on your caseload!

The app opens with the cutest little bee ever and then a screen full of all of the possible sounds you would target in therapy. I was very excited to see the often forgotten sounds /h/, /y/, /w/ and /ng/ . A huge thank you to Heidi Hanks (the SLP behind the app) for adding these sounds. You’ve made my job a little bit easier!! Since I use this app primarily with my little headstart students I would have loved to have seen easier words for the forgotten sounds: hop instead of hedgehog, hello or hi instead of hamster (although the hamster picture is adorable). Overall the words are much more appropriate than some of the competitor apps. All of the /r/ variations are present as well as s-blends, r-blends and l-blends.

The most amazing part of this app is the picture quality. Wow! They are beautifully photographed, perfectly aligned with the target word and were obviously selected with great care. I’ve had several students comment about the cuteness factor of the pictures. The orangutan is one of their favorites. It’s almost as if the developer hired a photographer and gathered all of the target words in a room for a photo shoot.

From the amazing pictures comes the usability features. Heidi provides word practice at all levels, which is not found in other apps. She includes flashcards of words, words in sentences and words in sound loaded stories. At the word level, students can engage in drill/practice via flashcards or in a matching game. At the sentence level you can select rotating sentences or unique sentences. My students love the rotating sentences and I love the fact that it’s similar to the carrier phrases we all have been using for years. In rotating sentences, students are presented with a sound loaded sentence and one word in a square (example: Will washed the wolf (word in square) with water). Then after they have practiced the sentence (multiple times in my sessions) then can push a spin button to get another target word. They LOVE it!! They would spin words for the entire session if I let them. Unique sentences provides a sentence for the target word. Thank you Heidi for adding the word “one” for /w/ : Big help for my headstart students!! So, through this one app, you can target sounds in words, sentences, and short stories (2 per sound) and have the ability to use it in groups. To access the group feature for flashcard practice, simply choose the thought bubble with the plus sign from the bottom menu. You can keep data for each student via the brightly colored circles on the right (green check mark and red X) and record student productions via a record button. In addition to all of the therapy features, you also have the ability to turn scoring buttons on and off, turn scoring sounds on and off, turn off the narrator and set the passing score (default set at 90%).

I do have one small request, and perhaps this has already been remedied via an update, but I would really like to see blends removed from single phoneme practice (ex: /f/: remove frog, flower, flag, flute, fly). Since /f/ is an early developing sound, the blends are way too difficult (and often frustrating) for the young students to say. I skip by them quickly, but they always request that we go back to frog and fly because they like the pictures. (These could be replaced with face, foot, fin, feed, fog, fig, or fir). Ok, one more request: More words please for /r/ and blends!! Overall, this app was worth every penny spent!

Addendum 5/15/12 - just got an email from the developer with the following: " …we are working on some exciting updates in the near future. We are separating those pesky blends that snuck into the other word lists (/f/ especially) and working on some awesome sorting options as well as additional content for the /r/. It's a lot and will take us a bit of time so there will be several updates that will cover all of our changes as we want to make this app the best we can!"


ArtikPix Full Version


Rinn Apps
grades pre-K through 8
Homework Sheets
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Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Not Grade Specific - TeachersPayTeachers.com
How I use this app in speech therapy:
This amazing app, with its fun and engaging illustrations by SymbolStix, can be used with one student individually or in a group setting. My students love using this app instead of the traditional speech cards. They especially enjoy swiping from right to left to get to the next card.

The first page allows you to choose from two interactive activities: Flashcards or Matching. My students know they have to practice their speech sounds prior to playing the matching game, so they often volunteer to select “Flashcards”. In flashcard mode SLPs and parents can choose target sounds. You can select a target sound and the position in which it occurs in a word (initial, medial or final). If you want only one position (initial), it should be the only target with a check mark to the right. Multiple targets can be practiced at one time as the flashcards are color coded with different color bands around the edges of the cards. My students love this feature. If you listened in on my therapy sessions, you would hear, “Wait it’s my turn I’m working on /sh/ see the green”, or , “Ooo Ooo it’s my turn, blue”. After choosing the target sounds, students practice single words with the option of producing the word in short sentences (arrow in top left corner). Students can record their production and get immediate auditory feedback via the record and play feature. My students love the matching game and it is a fantastic reward, but it has a dual purpose (fun and practice). Scoring information can be saved via the manila folder in the bottom left hand corner and add a student via the big blue plus sign. The little read house takes you back to the initial “home” screen.

Of course, this app is not a substitute for the expertise of a licensed speech language pathologist. Although this app allows students to practice the sounds, it’s up to the qualified provider to correct any errors in production. An unexpected positive effect of this app is that after a few trials, students have memorized their target speech sounds (so they can choose the sound themselves at the beginning of the session). The addition of the happy (correct) and sad (incorrect) faces promote greater self awareness of correct and incorrect production of target sounds. Students, and often peers, are listening to sound production more closely and providing feedback for themselves and for others.

Speech With Milo Board Game: Articulation


Doonan Speech Therapy
ages: 4 and up
How I use this app in speech therapy:
Milo and friends are back and CUTE as ever in this brand new app for Articulation! Once again, Milo is a huge hit with my students who were excited at the idea of playing a board game during “iPad Speech Therapy” instead of just matching. It’s like going back to playing Candyland with artic cards, but wait it’s all in one app!!

Playing is simple - add a student, pick the target sound in the target position of words, select a game piece, spin the spinner, move your game piece and then practice the word. Simple, elegant, effective!!

Bright, fun, and cute graphics, 3 new characters to choose from including three children and the three lovable Milo characters, wonderful sounds: spinner, lose your turn, pick another card, etc; and the ability to actually move your game piece around the board make this a wonderful addition to my articulation app collection.

The following sounds are included in all positions of words: /f/, /v/, /k/, /g/, /s/, /z/, /ch/, and /sh/ for a total of 500 words. You can add individual students (up to 20, you can purchase more at 3 for 99 cents after 20 max is reached) and keep data on student performance from the articulation target cards that pop up after students spin the spinner and move their game piece. Students can practice each word multiple times and SLPs can record multiple data points per each word practiced and then email a summary for each sound. An all around thumbs up from me and from my students!!

SpeechStickers


Serious Tree, LLC
ages 2 - 6
How I use this app in speech therapy:
While using articulation apps with a student who has a severe speech delay characterized by the omission of most consonants in all positions of words, I realized that working on sounds in words was quickly becoming very frustrating for him and I was not seeing the results I had hoped for. Yes, I was using facial prompts from “The Prompt Method” with some success, but him turning his chair around during sessions made me realize that I needed to find a new approach, and fast!! Then it came to me…I remembered (gets harder and harder to remember as you get older) another SLP talking about SpeechStickers on one of the many wonderful Facebook group pages. Armed with SpeechStickers on my iPad, we started our session. I opened the app and he was immediately drawn to the 5 adorable characters at the bottom of the screen whose mouths change position for each sound (the vowel pictures are especially great). When he touched the alien a voice said /mmm/ and with a quick facial prompt, he was able to imitate /mmm/. He absolutely loved the different voices associated with each character and I was able to get through 20 reps of /mmm/ in isolation without him even realizing we were working. By the end of the session he was completely successful in his production of /m/ (he substitutes w/m) and then /mi/. His chair did not turn around at all that session!!! I have since used this app with many students and have seen the same wonderful results with all of them. One student even generalized initial /t/ to the word “tea” in Toca Boca Tea Party after working on the initial /t/ in SpeechStickers during one session.

This app is genius in its simplicity. Students produce 5, 10 or 20 (your choice via the “options” page) repetitions of a target sound in isolation or in initial or final syllables and are then rewarded with a fun event that either takes the characters away in a rocket, school bus or balloon; pushes them away via a bulldozer; squashes them under a boot; or scares them away via a bomb blast, shark attack, or dragon fire. There’s also a magic wand that makes them disappear. In addition to thanking the SLPs who made this wonderful app I would also like to commend them for knowing how SLPs are using apps with students and thus putting the scoring menu at the top of the page. The scoring menu also rotates so that it is facing me (upside down to students) when I’m holding the iPad in front of the students and in order to move on to the next production I have to choose correct or incorrect which allows time to make corrections in students’ productions before they quickly add another sticker to the page (which they always try to do). Sounds included are: /m/, /p/,/b/, /t/,/d/, /n/, /k/,/ g/, /s/, /sh/, /a/, /u/, /i/, /o/, and schwa in isolation, C-V and V-C syllables. I’ve heard that they will be adding /f/ and /v/ in a few weeks.

Articulation Scenes


Smarty Ears
ages 6 and up
How I use this app in speech therapy:
Articulation apps seem to be getting better and better and providing more and more variety to keep our younger and older students engaged and motivated to learn! As with the other two apps I’ve mentioned, my students love working in the Articulation Scenes App. Wonderful bright graphics and a Movie Theme grab student attention from the start, and having four different activities to work on the same set of targets presented in a picture scene immediately grabs my attention!!

All sounds are represented, appropriately (meaning there are no blends in single sound categories, yay!), from early developing to late developing as well as blends and /r/ variations (i.e., ear, er, or). Once you’ve selected the sound to practice, a movie theme menu appears with four different activities that follow a hierarchical sequence of teaching, from receptive (Find the Hidden Items), to expressive (Tap and say it). Then it’s on to independent auditory discrimination for sounds in words as well as independent production in reading (The Movie Theater), and finally using target words to create a new story or reading from a script created by the developer (The Production Room). My students (young and middle school age) loved every level of practice and especially loved receiving trophies for their hard work.

Articulation Scenes has built in data collection for all levels. Level 1, Finding the Hidden Items, collects data on the total items found. Level 2, Tap and Say, allows you to collect true data on student production via buttons for “missed it, almost and got it” for data points as well as a recording feature for each target word that can be played back after production and analyzed by the student and SLP for correct production. Level 3 and level 4 both offer an extended recording feature to record a student made script or script provided by the developer (via awesome teleprompter). Collected data and recordings are available, via a progress report, in the “Lounge Room” accessible on the opening screen. Overall, I highly recommend you add Articulation Scenes to your iPad “bag” of articulation activities!! My students love the variety and the Movie theme!! Plus there are Articulation Homework sheets that can be emailed directly to parents!

Fluency Apps


Speech4Good


Balbus Speech
Speech4Good is a dynamic app that reminds me of the old therapy standard Visi-Pitch™. It can be used in a myriad of ways and provides real-time visual biofeedback for all types of speech and language disorders. Unlike the Visi-Pitch™, this app is small and portable so it can be used at home and in the classroom to help students increase self monitoring of articulation errors, fluency accuracy and voicing. According to their website the key component of the app is the “Speech Center”. Within the speech center SLPs and students have access to a live spectrogram of vocalizations. You have the ability to record the spectrogram and corresponding audio to be accessed immediately after or at a later date for analysis by student and SLP. You can also e-mail the therapy session or post on social networks.

I recently used the spectrogram feature with a very soft spoken student with autism whose speech is barely audible. When looking at the live spectrogram, and after a demonstration, he was able to increase his volume to an audible level immediately (within seconds). As we continued to practice using the spectrogram, other students in the class wanted to experiment and were awestruck that they could “see their voices”. I have used this to provide immediate feedback for increased intensity during therapy sessions and during classroom presentations. My student’s classroom presentation was amazingly loud as I held the Speech4Good app in front of him. A great addition to therapists’ iPads! Another component of Speech4Good is delayed auditory feedback for fluency enhancement. I have not had the opportunity to experiment with this feature because I do not have any students with fluency disorders on my caseload, but I will certainly rely on it in the future.