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

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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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Click to view and/or purchase Toca Hair Salon

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

Toontastic

Price: FREE

Seller: Launchpad Toys

Tablet: iPad

Educational Aspects:

  • Storytelling and/or retelling story
  • WH questions (who, what, where, when, why, and how)
  • Increasing utterance length
  • Developing complex sentences
  • Pretend Play
  • Linking ideas
  • Improving syntax
  • Following directions
  • Pragmatics
  • Increasing use of pronouns/verbs
  • Comprehending spatial terms
  • Intonation
  • Teaches flexibility and turn taking… to name a few

Description:

Toontastic is a creative educational app that allows children, teens, and adults of all ages to become the creator of their very own cartoon!

Review:

Toontastic is a one of a kind ingenious app available for free in the App Store!  From the moment the download is complete you will want to immediately begin playing. The catchy background music and advanced graphics are what truly leave this app pioneering the way of future apps to come.  The apps homepage is well organized providing practical navigation throughout the entire app.  The app begins teaching and explaining what is going to happen from the moment you click “New Cartoon.”  From a therapist’s perspective this is brilliant because the app explains the Story Arc and details out what should be happening in each setting.  The creator’s job is to listen and click on the corresponding picture (i.e. setup, conflict, challenge, climax, resolution) of where they want to begin.  Another strong educational factor in this app is its ability to teach emotions/feelings.  It not only lets the characters act out and sound a certain way through recording, but it also ties in background music that directly relates to the mood of the scene. This provides children and teens with a well-rounded view of emotions and feelings and helps them to comprehend Pragmatics. A feature that would be helpful for therapists and other educators on Toontastic, would be providing multiple recording sessions per scene.  When just one person is working on Toontastic managing and recording a scene is rather easy.  However, when you get 3+ people working on a cartoon, it gets hard to animate all the characters and have each child say their line in one recording.

Pros:                                                               Cons:

  1. FREE                                                    1.  Hard to record in groups
  2. Easy to use                                          2.  Mood music overpowers character’s voices
  3. Numerous educational purposes
  4. Teaches the Story Arc
  5. Encourages imaginative play
  6. Toontube feature (watching other videos from around the world)
  7. Parent/Teacher Guide on website- filled with helpful information and interactive questions. http://launchpadtoys.com/toontastic/parent-teacher-guide/
  8. Toy Store feature- Purchase extra scenes individually or All Access Pass for $9.99

This is a must have app!  Many therapists I personally know use this app across multiple settings.  The creators of this app are genius and seriously thought of everything.  From the kid-friendly look of the app to the Parent/Teacher Guide filled with helpful info, tips and a run down of the Story Arc!  It is innovative, educational, and beyond creative… what else can beat that?

Click to view and/or download Toontastic

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

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

Welcome!

Welcome to Speech N’ Teach Apps!

This is my first official post and I just wanted to give a basic summary of what to expect.

1. Twice a month, I will be picking one app from the App Store to review and try out in depth.

2. I will then be teaching how to incorporate the app from an educational/speech related standpoint to use in every day play on the iPad.

To start, I would like to get people’s feedback on the apps we review and teach.  So, on the weeks where we do not release a new app, I would like people to discuss that app and post questions they may have.  Or if you have any app suggestions of an app you would like us to review and teach, this is a good time to post that in the “App suggestions” section.

Simple, easy, and to the point!

Stay tuned for Speech N’ Teach Apps official launch date.