First Sight Words Professional

 

First Sight Words Professional

Price:  $9.99

Seller: Clozure Associates

Tablet: iPad

Educational Aspects:

  • Fine Motor Control
  • Letter Recognition
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Word Recognition
  • Reading Fluency
  • Object labeling with nouns
  • Sentence Formation
  • Wh-questions

 

Description:

This app works on teaching children core vocabulary sight words to help improve reading fluency.  Based on the Dolch Word List, First Sight Words Professional consists of over 300 of the most common words in the English language.

Review:

The First Sight Words Professional app is simple to use and allows for individualized sight word practice.  You can choose from seven sets of sight words, including the following: “All Words,” “Pre-Primer” “Primer” “Grade 1” “Grade 2” “Grade 3” and “Nouns.”  Once you choose your sight word set, a target sight word appears with a Minspeak icon/picture.  Although ideal for most words, some of the Minspeak icons are abstract and may be difficult for the user to attach meaning to the target sight word.  After you correctly drag each given letter into the corresponding box and spell the word, the Minspeak icon spins to the top of the screen and makes a short sound effect, which may be rewarding to some users.  This app is great in that it has many options for word management to help personalize the sight word sets, such as: choosing word order (i.e. shortest to longest), presentation of letter sound (phonic) or letter name, the maximum word length, letter hints, and auto advance to the next word.  From a speech therapist’s perspective, this app is great to work on academic speech goals such as learning letter names and sounds in order to help with word recognition and reading.  It can be fast-paced and used as drill practice in order to learn sight words.  However, if you turn off the ‘auto advance’ option, it can also be used to work on speech goals such as sentence formation with the target sight word, object labeling of nouns, and answering wh-questions related to the target sight word.

Pros:

  • Simple to use
  • Six sets of sight words
  • Several options for word management
  •  Good for drill sight word practice

Cons:

  • Not free (costs $9.99)
  • Some abstract Minspeak icons
  • User needs decent motor skills to drag letters
  • Lacks a variety of sound effects or picture movements

First Sight Words Professional is a fun and interactive app, great for individuals who are beginning to spell and read.  With its many options, it can be individualized to each user’s level.  However, it has a high price point for the simplicity of the app.

Click to view and/or purchase First Sight Words Professional!

Provided by: Stefanie Meyer, M.S. CCC-SLP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Fox Music Box

Price: $2.99

Seller: Shape Minds and Moving Individuals

Tablet: iPad

Educational Aspects:

• Animals

• Colors

• Seasons

• Sounds

• Spatial Concepts

• Cause/Effect

• Auditory Comprehension

• Joint Attention

• Predicting

• Impulse Control

• Receptive Directions

 

Description:

Little Fox Music Box is an interactive sing along music app that illustrates and animates popular kids songs. It features “Old MacDonald,” “London Bridge,” and “Evening Song.” Each scene is filled with animals and objects to explore. It also has an area where you can make your own music using woodland creatures and kitchen gadgets. It will even provide you three different beats to create with.

Review:

Little Fox Music Box is an aesthetically and aurally pleasing app. It’s child friendly and easy to use. The app features children singing three different songs. It allows you to turn off the singing and accompaniment and simply explore the scene. From a music therapist’s perspective, this is helpful so that the therapist can provide live music and additional prompts. The app unfortunately does not allow the music to simply be paused. So, if you begin “Old MacDonald” and want to prompt your child to “find the pig,” you are unable to stop the music while they search for the desired animal or object. Parents or therapists can easily use the interactive scenes to prompt educational concepts such as animals, colors, or even seasons. Another unique feature of the app is Little Fox’s music studio where kids can create their own music by interacting with various animals and objects throughout the Fox’s studio.

Pros:                                                                Cons:

• You can turn off the music                             • You can’t  pause the song

•  Well-done design                                         • Using mute starts the song over

• Has the option to turn the karaoke                •  The tempo of the songs might be fast for  off or on.                                                               some kids.

• Works with many different concepts

• Buying one copy will work on both iPhone

and iPad.

Almost everything makes a noise in this studio. For the quality of the graphics and content of this app, it is very well priced at $2.99

Click here to view and/or purchase Little Fox Music Box.

Melissa Kelley, MT-BC, SLPA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Felt Board

Price: $2.99 iPad, $1.99 Nook

Seller: Software Smoothie

Tablet: iPad, Nook

Educational Aspects:

Targets a wide variety of language goals including:

  •     Story telling and songs
  •     Following directions
  •     Describing
  •     Spatial concepts
  •     Vocabulary building
  •     Categorizing
  •     WH questions

Description:

Felt Board is modeled after felt boards used by children, storytellers, and teachers. Users can choose from a variety of backgrounds, characters, animals, numbers, letters, and scenery for hours of learning through play.

Review:

Felt Board is a versatile app that is simple enough to target a wide variety of language goals. Children and adults will be familiar with the layout and concept because it is designed after felt boards used in schools. The layout easy to use and look is beautiful with bright colors and simple shapes of all items. Users can select a wide range of backgrounds and items from a categorized side bar to add to a scene and address language goals such as, categorizing, naming/labeling, story-telling, following directions, and describing (just to name a few). Users can also take quick pictures of a scene to be discussed/described later, or to create a saved story sequence. Scrolling and selecting items can be difficult as items are added if they are touched and the scroll bar is very small. However, mistakes can be easily removed by dragging items to the trash.

Pros:                                                                Cons:

  1.   Inexpensive                                             1.   Difficult to scroll
  2.   Aesthetically pleasing                              2.   No music or recording capabilities
  3.   Intuitive and simple
  4.   Versatile

Felt Board is an exceptional application for children of all ages. It is simple and versatile with an intuitive layout and unlimited imaginative possibilities.

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Lillian Vosa, M.S., CCC-SLP

Sound Touch

Price: $4.99 or Lite Version- Free

Seller: Eran Talmor

Tablet: iPad, Android,

Educational Aspects:

  • Labeling
  • Adjectives
  • Verbs
  • Object functions
  • “Wh” Questions
  • Direction following (one step/multi-step)
  • Prepositions
  • Pronouns

Description:

The Sound Touch App consist of drawings and real life pictures. The pictures consist of different categories ranging from farm animals to object functions.

Review:

The Sound Touch App is an outstanding App for children who are working on Expressive and Receptive Language skills. Children will love the bright cartoon drawings that transition into real life pictures, a great concept to teach generalization of objects. Children can follow one step directions (e.g. “show me the cow”) up to  multi-step directions (e.g. “first point to the cow then the sheep”). Test your child’s ability to answer various “wh” questions (e.g. “Who flies the airplane?). The App can also be used to encourage acquisition of new verbs and adjectives as the real life pictures change up to five times when the cartoon picture is touched. Don’t spend money on  flash cards when the Sound Touch app provides an interactive approach for all children.

Pros:                                                                    Cons:

  1. Pictures are rotating                                       1. Limited Categories
  2. Displays object functions
  3. Interactive sounds when pushed
  4. Encourages acquisition of verbs/adjectives

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Click to view and/or purchase SoundTouch

Provided by: Ricardo Rocha, M.S., CCC-SLP

Toca Hair Salon

Price: 1.99

Seller: Bonnier Digital Services AB

Tablet: iPad

Educational Aspects:

  • Verbs
  • Pronouns
  • Labeling
  • Sequencing/ retelling steps
  • Attending
  • Following directions/giving directions
  • Turn taking

Description:

Toca Hair Salon puts you in charge of being a hairdresser! With a variety of six characters to choose from and multiple tools found in a real hair salon, there are endless possibilities to what can be done.

Review:

Toca Hair Salon is one of the most entertaining, visually appealing, fun yet educational apps available in the App store.  You will know when you have found a Toca Boca app because their kid friendly, rainbow-smile exposed mouth will be showcased in the bottom right corner.  Once you venture into this app, your ipad screen will be transformed into a virtual hair salon.  Their unique layout, and simple design make this app extremely easy to use and operate.  As a therapist, targeting goals with this app can’t get any easier.  It allows us to work on verbs and pronouns as our client(s) sequence out the steps to a haircut.  When you’re all done with your virtual creation, you can also practice retelling the hair salon steps.  Additionally, it allows us to work on some of the harder goals in therapy, such as attending (staying on a task/activity for a specific amount of time).  As if all of these reasons weren’t enough, Toca Boca Hair Salon provides kids and teens with a creative outlet.  This allows them to make the ultimate decisions in “what looks cool” and transform their character’s hair into their own personal vision.

Pros:                                                                   Cons:

  1. Easy to use & operate                                   1. Lacks ethnic hair choices (curly, etc…)
  2. Kid friendly graphics
  3. Array of salon tools
  4. Affordable price
  5. Camera option allows for saving, printing, and emailing picture(s).

Toca Boca in my opinion has conquered and paved the way for great apps in the App store.  They have a practical price point, outstanding graphics & animation, educational based apps, and a huge fan base.

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Andrea Flynn, B.A., SLPA

My PlayHome

Price: $3.99

Seller: Shimon Young

Tablets: iPad, Android, Nook

Educational Aspects:

  • Pronouns
  • Verbs
  • Pretend play
  • Linking ideas
  • Sequencing (first, next, last)
  • Forming complex sentences
  • WH Questions
  • Describing- I-Spy
  • Labeling
  • Following directions… to name a few

Description:

A virtual playhouse where you are in control! My PlayHome showcases 6 different rooms of a house (kids bedroom, master bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, family room, and backyard). This app also comes in a lite version (free), but does not contain all the rooms.

Review:

My PlayHome is an original, multi-purpose, entertaining, yet educational app available in the App Store.  Once purchased, you will be hooked navigating and exploring the different rooms with all you can do!  This app is beyond impressive in its interactive capabilities. It is extremely user-friendly with no instructions needed.  The main screen on the app only showcases one function, “Tidy the House.”  This feature allows you to put the rooms back to the original settings (if you were playing with it previously).  Once you begin, the user can touch to add people into the scene.  To remove a character from your scene you must drag them back into their original spot.  You can also investigate other rooms of the house and see what they have to offer by touching the arrows on the screen.  From a therapist’s perspective, My PlayHome allows you to touch on multiple speech and language goals.  Children and teens get to use their imaginations in this app and create stories, link ideas, and be engaged all while working on verbs, pronouns, labeling, and even following directions to name a few.  This app is also great for working on complex sentences or having them describe a room or what they’re doing (i.e. Q: What is he doing?- A: He is jumping on the trampoline).  Really, the educational characteristics of this app are endless.

Pros:                                                                         Cons:

  1. Creates imaginative play
  2. Easy to use
  3. Multitude of educational purposes
  4. Has a Lite version
  5. Great content for price point

 My PlayHome is one of my personal favorites.  It is simple, revolutionary, and extremely addicting.

Click here to view and/or download My PlayHome

Andrea Flynn, B.A., SLPA

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

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