FUN with Directions

Price: $9.99

Seller: Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development

Tablet: iPad

Educational Aspects:

Provides simple to multi-step directions including:

  • Colors
  • Objects
  • Prepositions
  • Spatial concepts
  • Adjectives

Provides reinforcing sounds and animations for correct answers

Description:

FUN with Directions is an engaging app used to target listening and following directions skills.  There are 10 concepts (give, touch, open, close, top, middle, bottom, push, color, erase) to choose from and three different levels within the settings (easy, intermediate, advanced).

Review:

FUN with directions is an aesthetically pleasing app with child-friendly pictures and easy-to-use settings. The user is able to select the appropriate level for the child as well as which concepts will be targeted. Voice commands, other sound features, and text settings are also customizable. Correct answers are rewarded with simple sounds and animations that provide some built-in reinforcement. The three level settings (easy, intermediate, advanced) are very broad with large gaps in ability between each and the user is not able to select specifics within each level (i.e. 1 vs. 2 step directions). Additionally, on some pages within the levels, only the correct item will move which provides the child with unintentional cues as well as limiting the user to the direction given (i.e. no spontaneous or follow-up directions). This app is also a bit overpriced, however it can be used to address a variety of goals or concepts of varying skill levels.

Pros:                                                           Cons:

  1. Customizable settings                           1.  Price
  2. Many pages                                           2.  Broad range between levels
  3. Simple illustrations and layout               3.  Limited to direction given
  4. Reinforcing animations/sounds
  5. Variety of concepts

Fun With Directions is a simple and user-friendly app that successfully targets single and multistep directions through a variety of concepts.

Click to view and/or purchase FUN with Directions.

Provided by: Lillian Vosa, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech with Milo: Sequencing

Price: $2.99

Seller: Poorani Doonan

Tablet: iPad

Educational Aspect(s):

  • Sequencing
  • Storytelling and/or retelling
  • Time concept (first, next, last)
  • Increasing utterance length
  • Developing complex sentences
  • Improving grammatical skills

Description:

35 sequencing exercises using animation to keep children engaged. Created by a licensed Speech- Language Pathologist to help children develop sequencing and storytelling skills.

Review:

The Speech with Milo: Sequencing app available on the App Store is a fun and innovative way for children to learn.  The app is simple to navigate, user friendly, easy to manipulate, and is laid out in a logical manner.  From a therapist’s perspective, it allows us to target many speech and language goals all while playing on the iPad.  A feature Speech with Milo: Sequencing would benefit from would be introducing a “Levels” feature.  This app is great for beginners starting out with simple three-step sequencing. However, for kids who need more of a challenge this app doesn’t cater to them.  In order for this app to be adaptable and resourceful in multiple circumstances it would benefit from having a way to increase and decrease difficulty, therefore providing a flexible yet multi-purpose app.

Pros:                                                           Cons:

  1. User friendly                                          1. Lacks difficulty/growth of app
  2. 35 fun exercises                                    2. Unintentional visual cues (a, b, c) on screen
  3. Easily manipulated
  4. Fair price
  5. Therapy ideas provided on website

The price point of this app makes it both attractive and practical for all the content you get.  The seller also provides therapy ideas on their webpage (click here).

Click to view and/or purchase Speech with Milo: Sequencing

The Seller of Speech with Milo was also generous enough to provide some promotional codes. The first four people to enter any of the codes below can get the Speech with Milo: Adjectives app for free!

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Thanks Speech with Milo!

Provided by: Andrea Flynn, B.A., SLPA