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What we love…

Beautiful graphics, easy to use, easy to make custom cards,inclusion of Bing images  makes it really easy to find pictures for anything, choice of US/UK/ Australian or custom voice prompts.

What we’d love to see…

More included boxes for blends  e.g. S-blends, L-blends.

Summary

Highly recommended for parents and SLP’s who want a very easy to use, high quality, customizable app for articulation practice.

Our Rating

SpeechBox™ for Speech Therapy (Apraxia, Autism, Down's Syndrome) - iPad Edition

Speechbox for Speech Therapy by the Jonah Bonah Learning Company is an app for articulation practice, and is available in iPad or iPhone versions. It was developed by the father of a child with Apraxia (CAS) and is designed to be used by children with Apraxia, Down’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Speech impairments. It has voice prompts available in US/ UK and Australian English or you can record your own. The iPhone and iPad versions have similar functionality  and they both have retina quality images on their respective devices, but the iPad one is optimized for the larger screen (the iPhone version is less sharp if you use it in 2x mode on the iPad). It has no adverts or in-app purchases, external links are in a parents section which can be locked.

The app contains over 700 high quality color pictures divided into “Speech Boxes”. Twenty of these are organized by letter sound e.g. “m” or “th” and there are also ten organized by subject e.g. family, clothing, colors. You can easily add your own custom boxes and add your own photo cards to new or existing boxes.

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Using the app is very simple, you choose a box and tap on it to open. All the pictures are inside the box you can work through them in random order, skipping any you wish or you can choose which ones to work on. For each box you can see a list of the contents and choose which cards are shown and which are hidden. For the boxes organized by letter sound (phoneme) you can also choose to work on that sound in initial, medial or final position or any combination of these.
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When you select a picture it shows as a high quality full-screen picture with the word clearly written on it. If voice prompts are switched on the word is spoken clearly (in your choice of US/UK or Australian accents), tapping on the word will repeat it. You can enter notes under each card or choose to record a custom prompt.

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One of my favorite features of this app is how easy it is to make your own custom cards and boxes. My daughter has Childhood Apraxia of Speech and like many children with this condition has has different speech error patterns than other children of her age. I find that with many standard articulation apps the included cards don’t always work for her. I have been making her own custom speech therapy apps using the word lists her SLP sends home, and creating my own practice cards using apps designed for other things (such as AAC apps). With this tool I can easily make my own professional looking cards that work on her target words within a speech app. When I first got this app my daughter was working on SL blends which are not in the app, I quickly made my own SL box, grabbed “Sleeve”, “Slide” and “Slow” that were already in the app and took my iPad camera and made cards for “Sled” “Sleigh” and “Sleep”. If you have a suitable picture in your camera roll (or take one with your iPad camera) it only takes a minute to create a card, label it, record a prompt and classify it by initial, medial or final position. The picture cards you create look just as professional as the included ones. One thing I really wanted to see in the app was an easy way to add images that you didn’t have in your camera roll, I asked the developer to add this and he did at the most recent update. Now when adding a picture you have the additional option of using Bing image search (similar to Google images).

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The words included in the app are mainly simple single syllable words which make it very easy to use with young children and those with complex speech issues such as Apraxia. Although children with Apraxia do need to work on more complex muti-syllable words too, to help with their motor planning, it is easy to add cards for their specific target words. This is my current favorite articulation app for working with my daughter with Apraxia. It does not work at phrase or sentence level as some other apps do, but it makes up for this by being very easy to use, having beautiful high quality images and being so easily customizable – which is a really huge plus for me. I really love the ease with which I can make my own professional looking custom articulation cards and boxes.

Overall, this is a great tool for articulation therapy, parents will appreciate how easy to use it is, but I think SLP’s will find it very useful too. Because it is so customizable it will be especially useful for children with Apraxia but it will also be useful for children with other articulation issues. It has beautiful graphics and a choice of US/UK/ Australian or custom voice prompts. it is very quick and easy to make your own custom cards from your camera roll, and the inclusion of Bing images makes it really easy to find pictures for anything. Parents will ove how easy it is to use. Highly recommended for parents and SLP’s who want a very easy to use, high quality, customizable app for articulation practice.

 

SpeechBox™ for Speech Therapy (Apraxia, Autism, Down’s Syndrome) – iPad Edition – The Jonah Bonah Learning Company

SpeechBox for Speech Therapy
SpeechBox for Speech Therapy
by Jonah Bonah Learning LLC

Category: Education, Medical
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 30.9 MB

$29.99USD

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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