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For #BHSM we have x copies to give away of ArtikPix Levels Plus By Expressive Solutions, we reviewed this app in 2014 you can read our review below.

What we love…

Variety of levels from word to paragraph, customization options, ability to create own cards, ability to record both audio and video.

What we’d love to see…

Ability to use a cards for multiple target sounds, and to add pre-existing cards to custom decks

Summary

ArtikPix Levels Plus is the most comprehensive, flexible, articulation app I have yet come across – highly recommended !

Our Rating

Reviewed by Mary Mahon with input from Suzanne Berhow, SLP

ArtikPix Levels PlusArtikPix Levels is the latest articulation therapy app from Expressive Solutions. ArtikPix Levels Plus is the full version including all decks and features, a free version is also available which just includes the Th deck, with other decks available as in-app purchases. This review is of the full version, which includes almost 1,500 cards in 24 decks: b, ch, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, l-blends, m, n, p, r, r-blends, s, s-blends, sh, t, th, v, w, y, z.  ArtikPix Levels Plus also includes the ability to create your own decks, this is not included in the free version unless you purchase all decks.

The app allows creation of multiple student profiles, each with their own personalized settings, and up to 8 students can play at one time – making it very useful in group therapy settings. It is very customizable – for each student you can choose which decks to work on and you can further customize the decks by e.g. by choosing initial, medial or final, and can even pick which exact words to target. The app allows you to work at word, phrase, sentence or paragraph level, and you can also choose the syllable length (1-4)  of the target words. The best part is ArtikPix Levels remembers the configurations, so you don’t have to repeatedly select them to target your students’ needs.

There are 3 different activities in the app: Flashcards, Pick or Spin and Matching. Flashcards and Pick or Spin both include all 4 levels: word, phrase, sentence & paragraph; the Matching game just includes Word level. In each activity there is the option to record the student’s response and listen to it played back. This recording can be audio only or video and audio. Many articulation apps offer audio recording but this is the first time I have seen video recording included. This can be really useful for letting students see how their tongue and mouth position compares to the SLP or parent working with them for both correct and incorrect sound production. There is also an option to save these videos to the camera roll which can be a great asset in communication between SLPs and parents to show how a child is doing at producing a particular sound or word at home vs in therapy sessions.

Flashcards have color photographs and you can choose to have them narrated, or have the student read the text on the card. The paragraph level is designed to be read by the student so narration is not provided at this level. Within each session you can easily switch between word, phrase, sentence and paragraph levels by tapping on the tabs under the flashcard. The SLP or parent marks each production by tapping a x for incorrect, or check mark for correct, or a P to indicate prompts required. You can skip any cards that you wish and record any that you wish the student to hear &/see their production of.

Matching game has 3 difficulty levels : from 6 cards up to 20 cards, you can choose whether pair matches are removed or stay visible.

Pick or Spin : in this game an electronic machine picks a random card from the students decks, they can choose to say this card or spin again. The player can easily switch between word, phrase, sentence and paragraph levels by pressing buttons. The target e.g “initial l sentence” is displayed on the machine after each spin.

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Data recording:

In each activity, you can collect data separated by student and sound group for independent and prompted responses. You can collect prompted data as well (gestural, physical, verbal and visual) and write your own notes. After an activity, students’ data is saved in the app, and you can also easily share via clipboard or email.

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Custom Cards

ArtikPix Levels Plus also includes the ability to create your own cards. I love to have this option in articulation apps, my daughter has Apraxia and so we often have to customize which words she has as targets to work with her unique articulation patterns. With the custom card option I can use the exact word lists her SLP has chosen for her, even if some of those words are not in the app’s included word lists.

I love having the ability to add the student or their family members or pets names when they are working on a sound in those names, as these are important target words for them.

There are 3 ways to create cards: using photos from your camera roll, taking pictures with your device camera and using images from Bing image search (which is similar to Google images). Once you have an image you enter its target sound, syllable length, and enter the word, phrase, sentence and paragraph. You can also record audio for the word, phrase and sentence. The custom decks are available when you are working in all activities so you can choose to work on them alone or in combination with any of the pre-made decks in all activities.

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Much as I love the custom deck feature there are a few more features I would love to see added: the ability to integrate newly created cards into the pre-existing decks; ability to use cards for multiple target sounds e.g. to use lamp for both initial l and final p so that you don’t need to create it twice and ability to re-use existing cards in my custom decks.

Overall, this is an excellent articulation app -it is very flexible, allows lots of customization, choice of word, phrase, sentence and paragraph levels, ability to record and playback both audio and video and the ability to create your own custom decks. It is the most comprehensive, flexible, articulation app I have yet come across – highly recommended !

ArtikPix Levels Plus – Expressive Solutions LLC (Full version)

ArtikPix Levels Plus ArtikPix Levels Plus by Expressive Solutions LLC

Price: $29.99 USD

"It's the best app with the most flexibility I have ever used for articulation.” Suzanne Berhow, SLP
“I absolutely adore the app! It is so clean and crisp, full of content and options!” Angie.

ArtikPix Levels – Expressive Solutions LLC (Free version with IAP)

ArtikPix Levels ArtikPix Levels by Expressive Solutions LLC

Price: $FREE

"It's the best app with the most flexibility I have ever used for articulation.” Suzanne Berhow, SLP
“I absolutely adore the app! It is so clean and crisp, full of content and options!” Angie.

GIVEAWAY

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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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