Developer Interview with Lynn Carahaly, M.A., CCC-SLP of Speech-EZ® Apps & Giveaway!



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Today’s interview is with Lynn Carahaly, M.A., CCC-SLP, Developer of The Speech-EZ® Apraxia Program and Speech-EZ® apps.  Please visit their website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Thank you for participating our interview. Please tell us a little about yourself and Speech-EZ® apps.

I have been practicing as a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist for over 15 years now. I received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from “The” Ohio State University. I am the owner/director of private practice, Foundations Developmental House, LLC, located in Gilbert, AZ, which is home of The Speech-EZ® Apraxia Program and Speech-EZ® apps. I work in the clinical setting and the school based setting and develop Speech and Educational apps. My area of specialization is with the treatment of childhood apraxia of speech, auditory processing disorders, related disorders and learning disabilities, as well as pragmatic language.

How is your Apraxia Picture Sound Cards app different from other apps for apraxia?

Our patent pending sharing technology is probably the feature that makes Apraxia Picture Sound Card superior. If communication between SLP and parent is important to you, then this is your app. I really wanted to create an innovative way to increase communication and participation between SLP and parent. Providing parents with a sound tool to work with their child is key. If the SLP has the Pro version, and the parent has the Parent version, SLP and parent can communicate between devices! The SLP has the ability to create customized stimulus homework sets and “share” directly to the parent’s app.

You can also create a team if your child is working with more than one therapist. For example, many children have a school SLP and a private SLP or home-based SLP. Progress can be viewed by the whole team so everyone is on the same page. Goals for CAS, Phonological Processes and more can be hand selected and customized from goal bank and shared with parent.

What also makes this app a stand out is the use of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) treatment techniques using Hand Cues which are manual gestures used to mimic articulatory movements, leading to increasing procedural memory and improved motor planning. You are investing in a method and not just an app with flash cards. The full Speech-Ez Manual is now included with print functions.

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Did you hire a developer or do it yourself?

I have a wonderful mobile apps development team, Codered-i.com

What are your plans for the future? Will you be developing any more apps?

I would love the opportunity to continue to develop more apps in other areas that I am passionate about, including auditory processing, Executive functioning and working memory. I also have ideas to continue to make our current apps even more amazing.

Is there any news you would like to share with The iMums?

Speech-EZ® GIVEAWAY time NOW and HUGE 48 SALE to follow August 7th! Speech-EZ® is giving away an iPad mini 2 (16GB); Apraxia Picture Sound Cards (Parent) app; and APSC (Pro) app Live NOW-Aug 5th. Enter here: If you don’t win, don’t worry: HUGE 48hr SALE Aug 7th at 12:00pm Eastern Time on all SPEECH-EZ® apps! APSC Pro from $299 to $89 APSC Parent from $179 to $79, all other Speech-EZ apps from $29.99 down to $4.99. The last Speech-EZ Sale that was this big was 18 months ago. They are far and few between, so if you are considering, NOW is the time! You can enter to win here!

Thank you so much for talking with us today Lynn and sharing a bit about your company.  We really appreciated the chance to get to know you and are excited to be giving away a copy of Apraxia Picture Sound Cards to celebrate the interview and your latest update!

Here is a sneak peek at some pieces of the app! You can also watch a video demo as well. You may also wish to read these articles Lynn has written for The iMums:

When First Words Don’t Come Easily

The Connection Between Memory and Learning

The Boss is Out! The Impact Of Executive Function Deficits in Children with ADHD and Related Learning Disabilities

 



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Clicker Communicator: AAC For Children & Young People – App Review



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Clicker Communicator: AAC for children & young peopleOn the last day of school I yelled upstairs to my 13 year old boys asking what they wanted for breakfast. The responses were “eggs” and “c-wool.” C-wool is the approximation for cereal used by my apraxic, autistic AAC user and in keeping with his limited expressive language. Mr. Eggs is a TIPS kid who took the SAT this spring so he presumably can speak in complete sentences but like most teens he speaks in tweet sized bursts unless complaining or making excuses.

What’s this story have to do with an app review? It puts in context how we communicate. I initially ran through Clicker Communicator, the new AAC app from Crick Software and thought where’s the period, no grammar engine and this doesn’t do everything some of my other AAC apps do. Upon reflection, however, I decided that’s ok. Verbal exchanges are not run through Grammarly before being uttered and as my own kids made clear, most sound like texts or tweets anyway. For children, especially language impaired ones, the focus should be on what they say rather than how they say it.

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Clicker Communicator works for several reasons. Those new to AAC technology can get started out of the box as it comes with three pre-made vocabulary sets of core words. These range from emergent with just a few pages to reasonably competent and include basics like food, activities and people along with connectors and Dolch words. Everything is color coded by part of speech and Symbolstix icons are used. If other users prefer or are already familiar with other symbol sets, Widgit and PCS sets are available as in-app downloads.

The core page sets can be supplemented with free downloads from Crick’s learning grids. These are created with specific school and social activities in mind. Words are grouped around a theme like you’d find in a visual scene display AAC setup. Available pages right now include My Pet, Jack and the Beanstalk retell and several on elementary science topics. Many work well with perennial IEP goals like retelling stories, sequencing events and making predictions. They make it possible for a language impaired child to participate in circle time or class discussions.

Adding vocabulary and new page sets is where Clicker Communicator really shines. The existing learning grids serve as templates for parents and teachers to create their own content. Virtually everything is customizable from number of rows and columns to background color. The to die for feature is the ability to add multiple items simply by separating them with a comma. If you can type 75 words a minute then you can create pages of animals in literally a minute. Pictures automatically populate too. ONE MINUTE. Reordering is as easy as dragging cells around the page and core words you don’t want to shift can be pinned in place.

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The speaking function is fully customizable too. There are multiple kids’ voices with British, Australian and American accents. In settings, which are hidden in a disappearing bar, parents can specify if words will be spoken when selected or only when the message is complete. The app will store recent phrases and popular ones can be favorited for easy access.

Another notable feature is the accessibility added by SuperKeys, Crick’s keyboard extension. SuperKeys breaks the grid down into sections. Users tap an area, it then expands and they are able to select an individual square within it. Many AAC users have difficulty isolating a small square from a field of 24, 48 or 96. Laser cut key guards are one option, but they limit use of the iPad for other functions, and don’t work with many cases. SuperKeys is simple and is not an added expense. With it a full screen of vocabulary is still available, but tapping one word is possible when it’s blown up.

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When it comes to helping special needs kids, everybody seems to have an opinion. ABA is either the only scientifically research based intervention known to work or it’s child abuse. AAC has some of the same absolutes. The LAMP crowd is rather militant about the need for motor planning in AAC. Proloquo fans many of whom don’t even use AAC support it because it’s the bestselling AAC app. Caught in the middle are a bunch of parents wondering how to get their child to communicate effectively. Clicker Communicator is a great choice for them. The basics can be learned by teachers and family members within a few minutes. There’s no stress over whether a word should be on one screen or another. Words don’t have to be turned on or off. Page sets can be shared between home and school devices using Airdrop or DropBox. It allows kids to communicate in structured settings which is often easier than general social exchanges. It may not be the last AAC app you buy but it could be the first to allow your child a chance to actively communicate beyond yes, no and more.

iTunes Link: Clicker Communicator: AAC for children & young people – Crick Software

Clicker Communicator: AAC Clicker Communicator: AAC by Crick Software

Price: $199.99 USD

A VOICE FOR EVERYONE
Clicker Communicator is the definitive AAC app that gives a voice to children and young people with speech and language challenges. This is the latest addition to Crick Software.



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, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76, iPad812-iPad812, iPad834-iPad834, iPad856-iPad856, iPad878-iPad878
Size: 216.96 MB

$59.99USD

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ArtikPix Levels Plus By Expressive Solutions – Review and Giveaway #BHSM




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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.

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