Reviewed by Mary
Articulate It! is part of the range of Speech therapy apps from Smarty Ears, a company founded by Speech Language Pathologist Barbara Fernandes. It is a universal app and was reviewed on the iPad 2.
The app includes a video tutorial, which is worth watching to get an overview of how the app works and the various settings. You start by choosing the student or students you are working with (multiple students can take turns during one session). You can choose your target words by phoneme, phonological process or manner or articulation or you can repeat the previous sessions. Once you have chosen e.g. phonemes and “s” – you have the option of working on initial, medial or final position (or any combination). Then you will get a list of possible target words- you can choose to work on all of these or just specific ones. A useful option when working on a small number of target words is that you can deselect all and individually pick the ones you want (this was a feature on my wish list and was just added in the last update). It contains all phonemes of the English language.
When working on the target word you can just see the picture, or the picture with the written word, or you can see and hear it. You can mark whether or not the child said it correctly, and attach notes. You also have the option to record the child and play it back – which my children love to do. A new feature just added is that you can choose to work on words or phrases, and even switch back and forth between them. This is useful as you can start by working at the word level and then progress to phrases.
The app has over 1,200 pictures- a mixture of photos and “smarty symbols”. I like having the real photos when possible, but the symbols are a nice addition allowing you to visualize words that are hard to photograph e.g. sneeze. It collects data from the child’s performance and you can save or email this, and recordings can also be emailed. This is useful to monitor progress over time.
This is a well made, comprehensive articulation app, but I could make any changes to the app it would be these 1) include more simple words e.g. in S-blends snowmobile is included but snow isn’t. 2) Include some sort of positive reinforcement e.g. a game or stickers, after certain amount of practice to help keep the student interested.
Overall, I think this is a very useful tool for SLP’s and it does a great job of collecting performance data. As a mum of 3 children with speech issues I also find it very useful for home speech therapy practice. My children definitely enjoy doing speech homework more on the iPad, and the recording feature is fun and good feedback for them, but also allows me to share how they are doing with their SLP.
I think this is an excellent articulation app, and I particularly like the fact the developer keeps updating and refining it in response to feedback from users. I would highly recommended it both to SLP’s and to parents of children receiving Speech Therapy.
Articulate it! Proby Smarty Ears
Category: Education, Games
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, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76, iPhoneXS-iPhoneXS, iPhoneXSMax-iPhoneXSMax, iPhoneXR-iPhoneXR, iPad812-iPad812, iPad834-iPad834, iPad856-iPad856, iPad878-iPad878
Size: 643.37 MB
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