Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Conversation Builder

App Name/Publisher: ConversationBuilder/Mobile Education Tools

Description/Therapy Use:

Many students require training in “scripting” and sustaining conversational turns in logical and topical ways, but there are not a lot of engaging materials to facilitate these goals. Conversation Builder provides picture stimuli and auditory prompts that allow students to practice initiating and continuing conversations of varying lengths (4-8 turns). Additionally, students can engage in both multiple-choice and open-ended modes and “pass the iPad” to a peer to continue the activity in a group setting. Both modes allow students to record and play back the entire conversation to assist in internalizing the script. Conversation Builder seems to really fill a gap in terms of engaging and useful materials for this intervention area. It also provides a data source to measure progress on “# of turns in conversation type of IEP goals” and makes great use of the iPad interface (in terms of high-quality visuals, use of audio).

App Benefits/Likes: “Group” (open-ended) mode of play will allow clinicians to shape and reinforce a variety of appropriate scripts. Visual supports and recording features facilitate student’s engagement with the app, participation and learning.

Cautions: Initial conversation modules are not those that students would most encounter in the school setting and could be more functional. 1-1 Mode (multiple choice) “correct” responses are a bit arbitrary (fine subtleties between response choices) and often more than one could be appropriate for the situation.

App Summary

Skill(s) Targeted
Expressive & Receptive Language
Social Skills/Pragmatics

Age/Grade Levels Targeted
Early Elementary (Grades 1 – 3)
Upper Elementary (Grades 3- 6)
Middle School/Junior High (Grades 7-9)

How to Activate
Isolated finger point
Touch and release

Type of Device
iPad only

$5.99 for base app (additional conversational modules are available for purchase in-app)

Would you recommend this app?


Reviewed by
Sean Sweeney M.S., M.Ed., CCC-SLP, Jeremy Legaspi CCC-SLP and Renena Joy, M.Sc., S-LP(C)

Review Date
May 15th, 2011

Disclosure: Reviewers received a promo code for this app.


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