Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pocket SLP Articulation


App Name/Publisher: Pocket SLP Articulation by Synapse Apps, LLC

Description: Pocket SLP Articulation puts in one’s hands over 2,100 flashcards for use during articulation therapy. These flashcards were specifically picked to target select phonemes and by the phonemes’ position of occurrence. Offhand it may appear to be a simple flashcard app that presents pictures and words. The app however boasts of speech and articulation therapy-friendly tools such as options to select which phonemes to target (making the app select the pictures containing the specified phonemes), option to have the app present pictures whose target phonemes occur in the initial, medial and final positions, and using a simple scoring system, present a Phoneme Summary screen that outlines each client’s correct, incorrect, and approximated responses in percentages.

Therapy Use: Pocket SLP Articulation can be used mainly for articulation therapy, specifically on a word level and allows one to target blends as well. The app can also be used to target word retrieval, but this would require covering each picture’s word label.

App Benefits/Likes:
  • has over 2,100 flashcards (minus the physical weight!)
  • decks are customizable: one can select which phonemes to target and their positions of occurrence
  • the app lets one mark correct and incorrect productions
  • one tap and the screen shows illustrations on how the active target phoneme is produced
  • the Phoneme Summary screen makes this app a sure winner: there are even options to email, save, or review previous scores

Cautions: several pictures may appear too small especially on iPhones and iPod Touches. These same pictures may be more recognizable however on iPads
there is a bit of a lag after starting the app up (at least on an iPhone 3GS), and some delay in responsivity to swipes (to turn the page). This may prove to be otherwise in 4th generation iDevices

App Summary: Having an extremely useful and articulation-specific app such as this boosts the functionality of any iDevice at work. When one realizes that this app can be used over and over again and get each client’s performance ‘scores’ after each use, suddenly $29.99 sounds like a bargain. It is a bargain and a worthwhile investment.

Skill(s) Targeted
Articulation & Phonology
Age/Grade Levels Targeted
Kindergarten
Early Elementary (Grades 1 – 3)
Upper Elementary (Grades 3- 6)
Middle School/Junior High (Grades 7-9)
High School (Grades 10 – 12)
Adult

How to Activate
Isolated finger point
Swipe

Type of Device
iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost
$ 29.99

Would you recommend this app?
Yes

Hyperlink
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocket-slp-articulation/id359179209?mt=8#

Reviewed by
iSPeak App by Carla Cuadro

Review Date
29 April 2011

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