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What we love…

The video clips, the content, the visual and auditory component.

What we’d love to see…

Group data collection capability and custom module builder in Series II.

Summary

Two great apps that use engaging video clips to teach language concepts. With helpful auditory/visual cues, reinforcement and customization options, they make wonderful tools for speech therapy.

Our Rating

Autism Language Learning Series I: Actions and Series II: Yes/No were both created by a Speech-Language Pathologist, for use with children with receptive and expressive language impairments. Let’s start by looking at Series I: Actions.

Series I: Actions was created to assist in working on verbs and pronouns. It is designed as a hierarchy, focusing on verbs first. From there, it moves to pronouns, gaining in complexity as the user proceeds through the app. It is also great for targeting simple wh questions, possessive pronouns, and even past tense verbs. Each section of the app consists of video clips, demonstrating what each action looks like. This is huge for our students with ASD. As confirmed by research, visuals are imperative to their understanding of language tasks. That being said, the students receive a visual representation and auditory stimuli to go with it.

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Let’s talk about the auditory stimuli for a second! It is presented in a rhythmic way to improve the attention of the student. There is an option to mute the voice if the facilitator is able to produce the sentences and can engage the student in that way. There is also an option to record/play back. Hello, expressive language! I envision this app to be used for more than just receptive tasks. Once the receptive ability is present, which will vary from student to student, you have options! Turn off the sound, play the video, and have the student express what they see. Genius!

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Series II: Yes/No was created to assist in working on the complex concept of “yes” and “no”. This app is designed to work on establishing the ability to differentiate whether what is seen is accurate or inaccurate. There are video clips and still photos included. There are three modules that include common objects, actions, and common facts. Similar to Series I, the students receive a visual representation and auditory stimuli. They also have a visual representation of “yes” and “no” that is consistent throughout the app as well as an option to have visual prompting of the correct answer.

When looking at carryover, or other tasks separate from the app, it would be easy to re-create similar picture symbols with the colored backgrounds. Speaking of colored backgrounds, I really appreciate that that piece was factored in. This particular color scheme of green (yes) and red (no), allows for the student to begin the process of generalizing and making connections.

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Just like in Series I, the auditory stimuli is presented in a rhythmic way. There is an option to mute and record, but there isn’t a play back feature. Instead, the user can be “recorded”, but as soon as “stop” is pressed, the recorded portion is played. Once that portion is played, the “record” button shows up again. This limits the ability to repeat playback. When looking at reinforcement, Series II does a much better job! If the answer is correct, auditory and visual reinforcement is provided. If an answer is incorrect, an auditory prompt is provided, suggesting a different answer.

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I love the video clips! These are a great asset to the app and make it worth the price, for sure! I love the content and the breakdown in both apps, with 90 video clips in Series II to target 60 actions, 13 pictures and 43 video clips in Series II. An in-app purchase option is also available to allow users to add their own videos and voice in series I. I love the visual and auditory component that is evident in both apps. I love the ability to data tracking, though I would love to see a group data collection option. For the cost of the app, that would help to entice others to purchase it. At this point, it’s limiting in that way, mainly because most of us SLPs have limited time with individual students.

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Both apps are great for working with students who have receptive and expressive language impairments. As they focus on separate concepts, each utilizes video clips and still pictures, while providing auditory/visual cues and reinforcement. With the option to edit settings, features can be edited with the touch of a finger! I see great things with both apps and would certainly recommend both to co-workers/colleagues.

 

Normally $26.99 and $16.99 respectively, they are now discounted to $19.99 and $9.99 for Better Hearing and Speech Month!

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