For Better Hearing and Speech Month 2015 we have 2 copies of this app to give away. We reviewed it in 2011, you can read our full review below.

20111105-172332.jpgConversation Builder is part of the Builder series of Language apps from Mobile Education Store, which was founded by Kyle Thomson, to create engaging language apps for children with high functioning Autism. In doing so he has created a range of apps that are not only suitable for children on the autism spectrum, but for any child needing to work on their language skills.

The app includes a very detailed instruction page, which explains all of its features and also includes a link to a video tutorial. Before you can start to use the app you need to create a user profile including name, age, city and interests, this information is used to personalise the app for the individual student.

The concept is simple – the student sees a photograph of a child engaging in an activity, and then has a conversation with the child based on the activity. At each turn the student has to choose from 3 responses, and pick the best one for moving the conversation forward in a natural way. If they choose an inappropriate response they are gently redirected to try again, once they have the correct response they can record themselves, and then hear a pre-recorded response. This pattern is repeated, and then the student gets to play back the whole conversation – and basically hears themselves conversing with the child in the picture. This provides incredible feedback – they just love to hear themselves having a successful 2-way conversation.

20111105-200111.jpgYou can continue on this level or increase the conversation length to 8 utterances (4 from the student and 4 pre-recorded). The app can also be used in a group setting, where instead of the app providing the responses it just gives a picture to start the conversation and then the iPad is passed from child to child for their part of the conversation, and then they can listen to the recording of the whole conversation. You can also save or email recorded conversations.

This is a wonderful app on many levels – it teaches the nuances of conversation e.g. how it’s often better to ask a question rather than just make an observation, how to stay on topic but also when it’s OK to introduce a new subject. It also helps by teaching ways to initiate a conversation and how to keep the conversation flowing naturally. Learning how to have a real 2-way conversation with your peers is a really important life-skill, but it can be hard to master. Trying to learn these skills by role-playing with adults or their peers can be a very awkward and painful experience, but by doing this with the iPad it becomes fun. Having the material presented in a visual as well is auditory format is also very helpful.

This app is very useful for special needs children who need extra help with their social skills, but it is also an incredibly useful tool for any child who needs help in developing their conversational skills. Being able to freely converse with their peers is a very important skill that many normally developing children also struggle with, and it is hugely important for helping to build and maintain friendships.

20111105-200120.jpgThe app includes 160 conversations. I highly recommend this app as it has really helped my own shy 7 year old with his conversational skills.

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ConversationBuilder™ – Mobile Education Store LLC

ConversationBuilder™
ConversationBuilder™
by Mobile Education Store LLC

Category: Education, Medical
Requirements: Compatible with iPad 2 WiFI, iPad 2 3G, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPad WiFi, iPadFourthGen4G, iPad 3G, iPadFourthGen
Size: 78.96 MB

$19.99USD

Screenshots for iPad
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Giveaway

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