GRACE

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Price: $24.99

Seller: Steven Troughton-Smith

Tablet: iPad

Educational Aspect:

  • PECS system (Picture Exchange Communication System)

Description:

The Grace app for Autism is a basic vocabulary of pictures that can be customized by the iPad’s camera as well as photos or images found on the Internet.

Review:

The Grace app for Autism is a non-speaking picture exchange system for non-verbal people to communicate their wants and needs more effectively.  It comes pre-loaded with eight categories (sentence makers, colors, shapes & numbers, my body, food & drink, things I like, things I need, and places).  The app is laid out nicely and easily organized.  The major drawback to this app is the labeling choices on some of the pre-loaded pictures. It is evident that they are not typical labels that we would use in the U.S. (i.e. picture of underwear labeling it as “pants” and picture of french fries labeling it as “chips”).  The edit button does not allow you to edit the wording, it only allows for the picture to be deleted from the category.  This means that you would need to find and add in all the proper pictures with labeling yourself.  If you are willing to put the time into finding the proper pictures for your son/daughter to customize this app, it can be extremely useful.  As a therapist, you could use this app in replace of laminating and making PECS.  It allows for simple communication and can provide the user with a simple way to communicate his or her needs and wants.  It should be noted once again, that this app does NOT speak. This is not to be confused as an AAC (Augmentative Alternative Communication) app.  This app will allow the user to form simple sentences, request, and know the expectations placed on them (i.e. first homework next computer).

Pros:                                                           Cons:

  1. Simple to use                                        1.  Pre-loaded pictures labeled improperly
  2. 8 pre loaded categories                        2.  Time consuming to find & load pictures
  3. Customizable                                        3.   High price point

4.   Grace app manual                                   4.   Edit button only allows for deleting picture

http://www.graceapp.com/graceappmanual.pdf

This app would really benefit from having the “edit” button do more.  If you could easily change the label of the picture, this app would be quick, simple, and ready to use.  For its price point the app should be ready to go for people in various locations around the world.  On the other side, the Grace app website http://www.graceapp.com/ is full of information, videos, and a very detailed manual on how to use the app.

Click to view and/or purchase Grace

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

Below are some promotional codes for Felt Board on iPad ONLY.

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Click to view and/or purchase Felt Board for iPad

Click to view and/or purchase Felt Board for Nook

Lillian Vosa, M.S., CCC-SLP

Feel Electric!

Price: FREE

Seller: Sesame Workshops App

Tablet: iPad, Android

Educational Aspects:

  • Non-verbal communication
  • Body language
  • Facial expressions
  • Vocabulary strengthening and building

Description:

Feel Electric is a free app that encourages the exploration of emotional vocabulary and self-expression.  It has three games, a digital diary to record moods and feelings, a creative story maker, and much more.

Review:

When we discuss teaching pragmatics and all that is involved with non-verbal communication, there isn’t a better app then Feel Electric!  It is a jam-packed app full of educational content that can be geared towards an array of individuals in differing age groups.  The app is carefully laid out and detailed step-by-step by the characters on the screen.  Feel Electric provides versatile learning in the areas of body language, understanding complex emotions, facial expressions, and most importantly how to express oneself both appropriately and accurately.  As therapists, using this app teaches critical skills and grows the end user’s vocabulary (outside of the typical feelings happy, mad, and sad).  It provides the individual with engaging tasks that keep them both focused and on topic no matter where they navigate to within the app.

Pros:                                                                      Cons:

  1. Free
  2. Teaches pragmatics
  3. Wide variety of content
  4. Versatile to many age group (great for teens)

Feel Electric is a remarkable app that can be utilized in groups as well as individual settings.  It is definitely worth downloading and exploring what it can do.

Click to view and/or purchase Feel Electric!

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

VideoTouch- Animals promotional codes (same maker as SoundTouch)

Here are the last 10 codes I have for VideoTouch-Animals. If you got VideoTouch-Vehicles, DO NOT take a code. They are the SAME app! Please like us and mention us on your Facebook and to your friends and family! Thanks and good luck 🙂

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

Be the first to enter any of the promo codes below to download Sound Touch for FREE!

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Click to view and/or purchase SoundTouch

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

VideoTouch Vehicles- Promotional Codes

Hi friends,

We have some promo codes for an app called VideoTouch-Vehicles. It is great for early learners! Just make sure to share or mention Speech N’ Teach Apps with your friends!

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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.

Be the first to enter the promo codes below to download Toca Hair Salon for free!

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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

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!

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