Total Talk by Panther Technology – Review & Giveaway

Total Talk by Panther Technology – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

Intuitive, easy to navigate interface
Ease of editing and adding content
Tele-prompt: ability to provide suggestions remotely
Tele-text: ability to send messages to another device like texting
Variety of voices, rates, and pitch

What we’d love to see…

More persona icon options (to be available with new updates)
Expanded pre-programmed options in Quick Chat and EZ phrases
A guided tutorial to help familiarize users with location of key words could be helpful

Summary

. The app provides meaningful organization for different language levels as well as multiple communication approaches for increased efficiency across different speaking situations and settings. The format is user-friendly and intuitive and the content is extremely easy to edit and customize.

Our Rating

Total TalkTotal Talk is an excellent AAC app designed for easy and efficient communication by nonverbal users. The app was developed by Ellenson Integration Enterprises, Inc. A quick start guide makes it easy to begin using the app and the complete user manual provides a more thorough overview of the app.
The home page is organized with a message output area at the top, a dock or menu on the left side of the screen and the main grid with word buttons and folders (default is 6×6). The main grid gives access to several commonly used words (yes/no, I, you, want) and folders which are organized by category (i.e. people, verbs, activities, places, things, questions). Any words selected will appear in the message output box and can be verbalized by pressing on the box or the “speak” button in the dock.
The dock is accessible on the side of the screen. This menu has helpful buttons such as “home”, “speak”, “spell”, and “quick chat”. These features allow for more efficient communication and editing. For example, “quick chat” opens 14 commonly used phrases such as greetings, protesting, requesting, and commenting for fast selection. There are also “quick chat topics” which are organized into folders such as people, food, emotions, and questions.
One of the most unique features of the dock is the “magic” button. Selecting “magic” initially changes the menu to allow access to “settings”, “output”, “edit readout” and “quick chat topics”. The “magic” button also unleashes additional functionality to whatever button is pressed next. For example, pressing “magic” prior to a verb will offer a different grid with predicted phrases and conjugations of that verb. For “want”, the new grid options include pronoun buttons, “want”, “wants”, “wanted” and other conjugations such as present progressive, negatives, and past tense.
The “total talk” button allows access to the 10 different communication modes. These include EZ phrases, favorite lists, stories, jokes, and photos. EZ phrases include several folders with common categories or situations that many children encounter daily at school or home such as “homework”, “games” or “bedtime”. Under the “shopping” folder, there are several related phrases such as “I want to pick”, “How much?”, “I want everything!” and “No fair”. The app can be customized with personalized photos for sharing personal experiences. There is a nice step-by-step tutorial for adding photographs in the “make an album” folder.
I particularly like the “jokes” folder which allows the user to tell a pre-programmed joke. After choosing the joke set-up, the user can deliver the punchline complete with rim shot and laugh track. Once a new folder or screen is opened, there is the option to keep it open rather than closing automatically. By clicking on “stay open”, the current page will remain accessible thus eliminating the need to press several buttons to get back to the same screen. Therefore, a joke or story can be told without missing a beat.

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The “spell” button accesses the tablet’s keyboard so words can be typed out manually. Word prediction facilitates the typing process for increased efficiency of communication. This app truly grows with the user. When the user is ready, he can transition over to using the keyboard for output while still having access to the symbols.
As with most AAC apps, there are highly customizable settings for editing page lay-out, buttons, icons, and folders. The main page defaults to a 6×6 grid, but can be changed to a 9×7 or 5×4 grid depending on the user’s communication level or visual limitations. The icons are colorful drawings depicting the vocabulary concept on the button. The buttons are color coded by parts of speech (i.e. verbs are pink, nouns are yellow, etc).
As always, these folders and buttons can be easily edited according to the child’s needs and interests. Under settings, you can adjust the format of the screen (number of buttons per page from 20-63), size of text, color coding, and prediction settings.
Voices and persona icons can be edited. You can choose from male or female and then from child, teen or adult voices. In addition, pitch and rate of the voice can also be customized over 5 levels from very low and slow up to very high pitch and fast. There are currently only two persona icons offered: either a boy or girl in a wheelchair, but other options will be made available in future updates.

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One of aspects of verbal communication that is often lost when using a speech generating device is prosody or the intonation of speech. This app compensates for this by offering options to change the output such as “whisper”, “excited”, “bored”, or “weird”. So now the user can actually use a bored voice when asking “Are we done yet?” In addition, there is the option to stop the message output by gently hitting the device with an open palm or fist. This gives the user the ability to silence the device if the wrong message was selected in error.
Another unique feature is the ability to have two conversations at once. With the “side talk on”, the user can toggle back and forth between a conversation and a written report they may be working on. This flexibility will allow opportunities for the user to ask questions about an assignment while they are simultaneously working on it. It also lets them converse with two communication partners at once which is more like real life.
Another unique feature is the ability to minimize the grid to allow for writing notes, emails, or longer school papers or reports. These written compositions can then be saved to a button in order to print off later. This component would be a wonderful resource when completing homework or writing reports.
One of the most challenging obstacles of introducing a new AAC device to a child is becoming oriented with the location of all the buttons and teaching them how to use the device to communicate effectively. The innovative Tele-prompt feature makes this task a little less daunting. By downloading the free Orbit app, the teacher or parent can remotely access the user’s screen from their own iPhone or tablet. The teacher can offer suggestions in real-time by drawing on their device which is paired with the student’s. The prompts magically appear on the user’s screen much in the same way a coach would highlight plays for his team. This allows for unobtrusive hands-free prompting by allowing highlighting of buttons to make suggestions for word choice selection. What a great way to promote independence.
The Tele-text is another resourceful feature which allows messages to be sent directly to another phone or device. This is helpful when the environment is too noisy to hear the verbal output or to allow for more privacy for personal messages. Now communication can still occur without the background noise interfering.
The features of this app are very well thought out. The app provides meaningful organization for different language levels as well as multiple communication approaches for increased efficiency across different speaking situations and settings. The format is user-friendly and intuitive and the content is extremely easy to edit and customize. Combined with several unique and groundbreaking features, this AAC app is truly a remarkable way to give a voice to non-verbal users. I would highly recommend it particularly for use in a school setting.


Total Talk - AAC
Total Talk - AAC
by Panther Technology

Category: Education, Lifestyle
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 1474.28 MB

$119.99USD

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

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Shari is a married mother of four from Illinois. She works as a speech pathologist in a rehab setting and loves to use apps in therapy. She is a self-proclaimed “Appaholic”- always on the look out for great apps!
 $25 iTunes GiftCard Giveaway From Erik X. Raj SLP

$25 iTunes GiftCard Giveaway From Erik X. Raj SLP



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Thanks to Erik Raj our final giveaway for #BHSM2015 is a $25 iTunes GiftCard Giveaway. This is open to the USA only.

Erik is an SLP who makes fun and engaging apps for Speech Therapy especially for older students.

We have reviewed his apps:

Multiple Choice Articulation– (review link)


Multiple Choice Articulation Multiple Choice Articulation by Erik X. Raj

Price: $4.99 USD

"Top Speech Therapy App of the Year" - Simply Speech

"Encourages carryover of speech and language skills while having fun and giggling away!" - Consonantly Speaking

"Totally engaging! My.

Secret Mission Articulation (review link)


Secret Mission Articulation Secret Mission Articulation by Erik X. Raj

Price: $4.99 USD

Created by Erik X. Raj, M.S., CCC-SLP, Secret Mission Articulation is a unique speech therapy game that challenges players to guess a hidden word by choosing from different letters on an alphabet board.

and I Dare You Articulation (review link)


I Dare You Articulation I Dare You Articulation by Erik X. Raj

Price: $4.99 USD

"Every one of my clients LOVED the app!" - Teachers With Apps

"It truly brought a breath of fresh air to therapy!" - AppAbled

"The hilarious prompts will have your students moving & laughing.

Erik also has many other fun articulation apps including:

Word Search Articulation for Speech Therapy – Erik X. Raj

Word Search Articulation Word Search Articulation by Erik X. Raj

Price: $4.99 USD

Practice your searching skills while working on your articulation abilities with this fun and exciting speech therapy game. Created by Erik X. Raj, M.S., CCC-SLP, Word Search Articulation is jam-packed.


Open-Ended Articulation – Erik X. Raj

Open-Ended Articulation Open-Ended Articulation by Erik X. Raj

Price: $4.99 USD

"Top Pick App" - Smart Apps For Kids

"Erik has created a great app that students will have fun with. They might not even notice they're working!" - Home Sweet Speech Room

"It's perfect .


Game Show Articulation for Speech Therapy – Erik X. Raj

Game Show Articulation Game Show Articulation by Erik X. Raj

Price: $4.99 USD

Created by Erik X. Raj, M.S., CCC-SLP, Game Show Articulation is a unique speech therapy game that turns students into game show contestants and challenges them to answer super fun trivia questions for.

 

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If you would like to win a $25 itunes Gift Card please enter via the widget below. Winners will be emailed and must contact The iMums within 48 hours to claim their prize. This giveaway is open to US only and an iTunes account is required to claim the prize. Please ensure you have read and understand our Terms & Conditions. Good luck!
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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).
 Tensebuilder by Mobile Education Store – Review & Giveaway #BHSM

Tensebuilder by Mobile Education Store – Review & Giveaway #BHSM



For #BHSM we have 2 copies to give away of TenseBuilder, we reviewed this app in 2013, you can read our review below.

Reviewed by Brenda

What we love…

I love the well-made animations, ease-of-use (including video tutorial) and customization options as well as the ability to share statistics and audio recordings.

What we’d love to see…

The app is solid and I could find nothing lacking as presented, but an option to purchase other languages or specialty packs could open up the playing field even more.

Summary

TenseBuilder is a strong and well-made app that is easy to use and is adaptable to the learning needs of each user. The huge list of customization options make this an app that can continue to be useful as a users learning progresses and the sharing features can be vital in teacher/parent/therapist correspondence.

Our Rating

TenseBuilder Mobile Education Store has another great new app available that is geared to speech and language for kids that need a better way of learning. Founded in 2008 by Kyle Tomson, who found apps lacking and expensive for his special needs daughter, Mobile Education Store continues to raise the standard for education apps.  TenseBuilder  is the latest endeavor by Kyle and his team and is packed with features to help learn verb tenses. The app has 48 humorous (but clear) video models of each verb illustrating each tense. I rarely list all custom options available in a review, but I think it’s necessary here to fully illustrate how TenseBuilder can be utilized. Users have a plethora of customization options available including;

Student name
Audio instructions (Off/On)
Correct Answer Reinforcement (Off/On)
Record Correct Answer (Off/On)
Level of Play (2 levels)
Maximum Number of Level 2 Choices (3 to 7)
Tense (Future/Present/Past/All)
Verbs (Regular/Irregular/All)
Select Verbs (48)
Lesson Style (Long/Short)
TenseBuilder also includes a thorough video tutorial, an option to save sentences and statistics report that can be emailed. Audio recordings of users can also be saved and shared.
TenseBuilder is very user-friendly. As a parent and not a specialist or educator, any app that holds my hand through the process and is easy to learn is a big winner in my book. I love that the videos are engaging and do not have a “special needs” feel to them. I tried them with each of my children and received equally positive feedback. I was especially enamored with the audio recording option because having quick feedback seems to make a huge difference with getting my kids to participate.
I enjoyed reviewing this app so much that instead of finding flaws, I found myself thinking of potential expansion options Mobile Education Store might want to consider. Possible ideas are specialized verb packs for different situations like sports, science and computing or learning second languages like French and Spanish.
I think TenseBuilder is a strong and well-made app that is easy to use and is adaptable to the learning needs of each user. The huge list of customization options make this an app that can continue to be useful as a users learning progresses and the sharing features can be vital in teacher/parent/therapist correspondence.

TenseBuilder TenseBuilder by Mobile Education Store LLC

Price: $9.99 USD

Own as an individual app or as part of our MES Speech Therapy Bundle.

Winner - 2012 2nd Best Educational App by Let's Talk SLP
Winner - 2012 Best Teaching App by TeachHub.com
Winner - 2012.

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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).
 Articulation Test Center by Little Bee Speech- Review & Giveaway  #BHSM #SLP

Articulation Test Center by Little Bee Speech- Review & Giveaway #BHSM #SLP




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For #BHSM we have 2 copies to give away of Articulation Test Center by Little Bee Speech, we reviewed this app in 2014 you can read our review below.

What we love…

The customization capabilities, the ability to make own summary and recommendations in report, ability to score phonological processes and transcribe speech sample later

What we’d love to see…

Ability to turn stimulus word for easier scoring, IPA or other vowel marks for speech transcription, print directly from the app, standardization

Summary

Excellent app that will be a go to app for articulation and phonology assessments. If it had the above additions it would include all areas necessary to make a determination of eligibility for services!

Our Rating

Articulation Test CenterArticulation Test Center is a non standardized articulation and phonology assessment. Combined with a standardized assessment the SLP will have enough information to make an accurate profile of the child’s speech skills. The SLP will be able to determine eligibility for services as well as quickly write IEP goals.

This app has two tests: the quick test and the full test.

image-4The Quick Test is designed to use as a quick reference of whether a chid’s pronunciation is delayed or age appropriate. Select the age of the child being tested and with a tap mark sounds as correct, incorrect or approximate. At the completion of the test you can view a full report including sounds said in error and recommendations for practice.

image-2 The Full Test has more testing options for giving the ability to customize the test to meet the needs of the student being assessed. In the full test option you can choose full test or a combination of the following: initial sounds, medial sounds, final sounds, initial blends, vowels, r sounds, and speech sample. With the Full Test you can mark sounds said in error, substitutions made and phonological processes present. The option of recording a speech sample is also available with three pictures to choose from. during the sample kids can touch pictures which will soon in on the object and provide questions to help stimulate speech. There is even a place to transcribe the speech sample while listening to it later!

image-6When all the testing cards have been scored and you have reached the “Success!” card tap the “Done” button. If you tap “Done” before you have gone through all the cards in the test, the test will be considered incomplete. You may quit without saving or pause and save the test to complete at a later time.

The settings options are as follows: Turning off the “voice prompt” will eliminate the voice recording that describes the card when the card is tapped. Turning off the “stimulus word” will remove the written word from the bottom of the testing card. Turning off the “stimulus image” will remove the picture from the testing card and replace it with large written text. Turning off the “record button” will remove the record button from the screen. Turning off the “sound effects” will eliminate sound effects associated with the buttons.

For those new to, or slow at marking the phonological processes, you can mark the words for articulation and then go back later to edit the assessment and add in the phonological processes! Also this assessment allows for the most phonological processes:backing, fronting, stopping, gliding, deaffrication, affrication, labialization, vowelization, alveolarization, depalatalization, assimilation, denasalization, coalescence, voicing, devouring, reduplication, initial consonant deletion, final consonant deletion, weak syllable deletion, cluster reduction and épée thesis. I’ve seen in an assessment. and don’t be worried if you don’t know what they all mean because when you touch it in the app you are given a description and examples!
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The results can be emailed to yourself and/or the parent. The report is thorough and is customizable. It reports the child’s name, the date, score and child’s age. The report shows the % of sounds tested said correctly, speech intelligibility rating (as marked by SLP), sound errors considered delayed based on age and the position of word for each sound, a chart with the word showing the word with green for correct sounds, red for incorrect and yellow for approximate production the processes marked and notes, another chart that shows: age sounds should be mastered in position of word, a substitutions chart, phonological processes chart, the speech sample transcription and intelligibility rating and the SLP’s summary and recommendations. this is very thorough and well laid out.

The app also offers video tutorials which I highly recommend watching so that you can use the app to the fullest extent.

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Overall this is a great app and the students love that it is on the iPad! this is an excellent app that will be a go to app for articulation and phonology assessments. If it had the above additions it would include all areas necessary to make a determination of eligibility for services!

Articulation Test Center – Little Bee Speech

Articulation Test Center Pro
Articulation Test Center Pro
by Little Bee Speech

Category: Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 166.64 MB

$59.99USD

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Giveaway

If you would like to win a promo code for this app, please enter via the widget below. Winners will be emailed and must contact The iMums within 48 hours to claim their prize. This giveaway is open to everyone, worldwide, and an iTunes account is required to claim the prize. Please ensure you have read and understand our Terms & Conditions. Good luck!

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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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