Review and Giveaway for Speech Sounds on Cue (US & Australian Versions) by MultiMedia Speech Pathology



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For #BHSM we have copies to give away of both US and Australian Speech Sounds on Cue , we reviewed this app in 2013 you can read our review below.

What we love…

the videos, can choose more than one sound, recording feature, ability to choose specific target word in any order

What we’d love to see…

data collection added, ability to play target word only

Summary

Great app that targets phrases and sentences and provides video and auditory presentations and allows for recording of student production. I give it four stars and would increase this rating with a few minor additions!

Our Rating

Speech Sounds on Cue for iPad (US English)
Reviewed by Suzanne
Speech Sounds on Cue for iPad was designed by a Australian Speech Pathologist at Multimedia Speech Pathology to help her clients with severe speech difficulties to practice independently  It follows the “Integral Stimulation” method of Apraxia treatment – “Listen, watch and Imitate” but adds automatic recording and playback. It contains 550 videos to teach the production of 20 consonants and words arranged by initial sound.

The opening screen shows consonant sounds and three different activities. The basic activity allows for one sound choice.  It begins with a video demonstrating a mouth making the sound and verbal directions on how to form the sound. The next screen presents a picture and auditory cue of a phrase followed by the target word and as the word is produced the video of the mouth saying the word plays. Immediately following the phrase is presented with the video of the word being mouthed with no sound. Finally the phrase is presented and the microphone is turned on for the student to record the word. The student may: re-record, playback, repeat the exercise, or move on to the next word.  If you press select word in the upper right hand corner you can present a specific word by selecting it.  The random activity allows for the choice of more than one sound which is great for students working on a specific class of sounds or errored versus targeted sound (I have a student who has learned the k sound in speech previous years but since I have had him this year the t sound is also k so we work on both sounds with the target words mixed together). The rest of the activity is the same as the basic activity.

The rhyming activity has 13 pages. Each page has 4 words that rhyme. When  you touch the picture the word is said. Again you can select which page to go to.

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I like that this app has a phrase/sentence activity. I like that the video shows how to produce  the sound/word to provide the student with a model other than yourself or the students in the class. It is nice to be able to record more than once before moving to the next word. The ability to select a specific word without having to complete all the words before it is also a nice feature.

 

I would like to see data collection added. I would like to be able to turn off the phrase/ sentence and just present the word for those students who insist on saying the whole thing when they are struggling at the word level even though you request over and over to just say the word.

 

Overall, a great app that targets phrases and sentences; provides video and auditory presentations and allows for recording of student production. I have given it four stars and would increase this rating with a few minor additions!

A free lite version of the app is available, and US & Australian English versions available.

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People who speak with an Australian or British accent should download the Aus version instead.

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Speech therapy treatment software for articulation difficulty caused by apraxia of speech or other speech difficulties. The aim of this app is to increase the intensity of treatment for people with apraxia.

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Giveaway for Articulation Station Pro by Little Bee Speech #BHSM


For #BHSM 2015 we have 3 copies of this great articulation app to give away. We reviewed it in 2012 and you can read our review below:
Reviewed by Grace and Mary

Articulation Station Pro by Little Bee Speech is a very comprehensive articulation app that provides multiple opportunities for your child to pronounce and practice all the 22 speech sounds in the English language.  It is the first and only articulation app offering practice at the word, sentence and story levels.

You can start to work at any level in the app according to your child’s ability and needs. Regardless where you start, you always begin by choosing the sound that you want to practice before choosing to work at the word, sentence or story level.  Then you choose the activity and finally the sound position (or a combination of positions) you want to practice the target sound.

There are 2 activities in each of the 3 levels.  At the word level, you can choose to practice with flashcards or a matching game.  Tap the flashcard and you will hear the word being read aloud. Not just the words on the flashcards, this app will read all the words and sentences in this app giving your child a consistent audio model to imitate.  Then there is the essential recording option, which you can use throughout the app to record and playback the sounds, words or sentences that your child produces.  This presents the perfect opportunity for your child to listen and evaluate his/her own pronunciation.

 

Even though there are 20 flashcards included for each sound position, I find that there is room for a lot more words and other types of words to be added (there are only nouns right now). Furthermore, the words should be arranged in increasing number of syllables and difficulty to pronounce with an option to shuffle the cards.  But if you ask me what is the ultimate wish I have, it would be the ability to customize – adding (a few of) my own words with audio prompts and the accompanying pictures.  I think the ability to add and edit the list of words is a feature all parents (educators and SLPs) will welcome.

For reinforcement, the same flashcards are used in the matching game. As a card is turned, you can ask your child to say the word on the card and get more repetitions done.  Kids stay engaged in the session for a longer period of time because they think that this is just a reward bonus game.  It would be great if there are different levels of difficulty where we can choose the number of cards in a set (right now, it is always 16 cards) so that children of different abilities are able to play and progress through the different levels of the game.

iPad Screenshot 2At the sentence level, you can start with the ingenious rotating sentences where a carrier sentence is repeated with a different target word in the sentence (usually in the middle).  Having the sentence stay the same allows the child to memorize the sentence and practice it with greater fluency.  Besides the target word, each of these sentences has additional words with the target sound in it (e.g. Erik read about the target word in the book).  The words are appropriate for the beginner reader and the nouns are accompanied by picture prompts (used in the flashcards), encouraging the child to learn to read the words at the same time.

What is fun about the rotating sentences is that a spinner generates the target word and you can see the pictures of the words spinning on a reel like a fruit machine. This spinner is such a hit with my son that he is very motivated to do the articulation exercises.  I wish that there was more than one rotating sentence for each sound position.

The unique sentences, on the other hand, are targeted at the older child who can read. There are 20 different sentences for each sound position.  Like the rotating sentences, the unique sentences have at least 3 words with the target sound in them.  While we really like that the rotating and unique sentences give many more opportunities for practicing the target sound through multiple target words, we feel that we need easier and shorter phrases/sentences as well for a smoother transition from the word level to the sentence level.  In this way, the child can begin with a single target word placed either at the beginning or end of the phrase, then progressing to longer sentences still with a single target word (placed anywhere in the sentence) and finally moving onto the current longer form.

iPad Screenshot 4When a sound has been mastered in sentences, the child can proceed to practice the sound at the story level.  Level 1 Story (with its picture prompts) is for the non-readers while the longer Level 2 Story (with a larger vocabulary) is designed for readers.  There are 3 comprehension questions at the end of every story, providing even more opportunities to practice the target sound as the answers always include the target words.   Stories and comprehension questions are currently not found in other articulation apps.

As parents, we really like how easy it is to navigate and use the app.  We also appreciate its other features like: –
* useful information on how to use the activities in the app and tips to help us elicit each sound from our children
data tracking enabling us to monitor our children’s progress right down to the specific words
* ability to do multiple scoring for repeated pronunciation of the same target word
* ability to add notes to the overall data collected at the end of a session and email/print out for our kids’ SLPs to follow up
* ability to practice multiple sounds using shuffled flashcards at the word level.

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It is also good to know that parents have the option of downloading the free Articulation Station (includes the /p/ sound program) and purchasing only the sound programs that they need instead of buying the Pro version.

Overall, this is an engaging app that has everything you need in an articulation app and it is definitely one of the best available.  We are pleased to know that the developer has plans to add more features to make it an even better app for parents and I do hope that they will add more content, greater customization, easier options and perhaps consider a more attractive price (afternote : the developer has made a permanent price drop for this app so that more families can benefit from it). Watch the overall tutorial video to know more.

Articulation Station Pro has  been updated to include:-
• Ability to choose specific words within the word and sentence level activities and SAVE your word lists!
• Addition of /sn/ /sm/ /pr/ blends
• Blends in the initial /g/ and /f/ removed and replaced
• Session details are shown when emailing multiple session data
• Time stamp added to saved sessions and emailed session data

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Articulation Station – Little Bee Speech

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"I knew I had a winner when I used Articulation Station with my kids, the parents saw how much fun it was, and bought it immediately for home practice!" -Sherry Artemenko, SLP

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"Little Bee Speech has created a real gem. Articulation Station Pro is by far the best articulation app out there. It's a must have app in the SLP toolbox!" -Renena Joy, SLP

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The Connection Between Memory and Learning By Lynn Carahaly, M.A., CCC-SLP

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Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) may have other challenges not directly associated with their verbal motor planning difficulties, which have an adverse effect on academic success. Working memory gives us an isolated measurement of what a student is capable of learning. The SLP plays a critical role in identifying suspected working memory problems, which has a great impact on learning.

 

Children who receive poor grades in reading and mathematics, have problems finishing schoolwork, and have a hard time paying attention are often labeled “unmotivated” by parents and teachers.  The challenge may not actually be a lack of intelligence or even a lack of motivation for many struggling students, but simply a poor memory, in particular a poor working memory. 

 

Working Memory is a critical cognitive function that refers to the ability of the brain to hold and manipulate verbal and visual information in the mind for brief periods of time.  An example of working memory is remembering a telephone number or remembering someone’s name 30 seconds after they have introduced themselves.  Working memory precedes short term memory.  It works like a mental notepad to help us store important information to carry out tasks.

 

Children with working memory deficits are easily distracted, struggle to remember instructions, and have difficulty starting, prioritizing and finishing tasks. Studies have shown that they also have difficulty in school, particularly with reading comprehension and math, due to their inability to hold in mind sufficient information to allow them to complete the task at hand.

 

Having a limited working memory capacity often results in losing crucial information when trying to follow instructions and details of what to do next.  If information is not stored properly, or at all, a child most certainly cannot retrieve this information for future tasks or build upon prior information for learning.  Children with working memory deficits demonstrate difficulty remembering information from one lesson to the next.  Children with working memory deficits often:

  • · Get poor grades in reading and math
  • · Are easily distracted
  • · Have problems finishing classroom assignments
  • · Have trouble following directions from teachers
  • · Are reluctant to answer questions in class.

Studies conducted at York University concluded that working memory skills at 4 years old are excellent predictors of children’s achievements three years later on national assessments in reading, writing and mathematics. Children with good working memory skills perform better in school.  In contrast, children who did not achieve at expected levels in national assessments in literacy and mathematics typically have weaker working memory skills compared to their age-matched peers.

 

Many researchers in the field of cognitive skills related to academics believe working memory is the most important predictor of learning, much more so than a student’s overall IQ score.  Working memory gives us an isolated measurement of what a student is capable of learning. It measures a child’s potential to learn and not just what they have already learned.

 

Working memory plays a key role in Attention Deficit Disorders.  Poor working memory leads to poor attention, and good working memory results in good attention.  Many children diagnosed with AD/HD also have a limited working memory capacity. Research shows that children with AD/HD have an average working memory level roughly equal to that of a non-AD/HD seven year old. Strengthening working memory can help to reduce the social, academic and other challenges that children with AD/HD face every day.

 

There is good news for students with poor working memory skills: there is something that can be done about it.  The human brain has the ability to reshape and rewire itself.  This is called neuroplasticity.  Neuroplasticity, also referred to as brain plasticity or cortical re-mapping, is the brain’s ability to change shape and re-network, creating new connections between neurons, as well as establishing new neurological pathways in the brain.  Working memory impairments can be addressed using a combination of research-based working memory training techniques to actually create a neurological change in the brain’s ability to expand working memory capacity, and directly teaching and implementing memory strategies in the classroom and everyday life.

You may also wish to read these articles by Lynn

The Boss is Out! Impact of Executive Function Deficits in Children With ADHD and Related Learning Difficulties

When first Words Don’t Come Easily

For BHSM we have a giveaway for 2 copies of Lynn’s Speech-EZ Apraxia Picture Sound Cards App ($179.99 value)

About the author

Lynn Carahaly, M.A., CCC-SLP is a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist and app developer in Gilbert, AZ. Her private practice specializes in diagnosing and treating children with apraxia. She is the developer of The Speech-EZ Apraxia Program and has created several apps to support the treatment of apraxia, auditory processing disorders, and promote phonological awareness skills. She is a mother of two beautiful children.

 



Articulation Vacation by Virtual Speech Center Review + Giveaway #BHSM




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What we love…

Excellent graphics and animations, abundance of phonemes in different positions and length, customizable, recording of students voice, multiple different settings

What we’d love to see…

Voice accompaniment upon presentation of image, rewards following correct productions, ability to choose syllable length, female voice

Summary

Excellent app for both SLPs and parents. Games are engaging and allow for a lot of practice. I played this app with many of the children on my caseload and each one asked for it in their next session.

Our Rating

Articulation VacationArticulation Vacation by Virtual Speech Center is an engaging app to encourage carryover of articulation therapy. It can be used on both iPad and iPhone. Virtual Speech Center is a developer that offers multiple apps for a range of speech and language domains including Auditory Memory Ride, Articulation Carnival , Social Norms, Magical Concepts  and Apraxia Rainbow Bee which we have previously reviewed. Virtual Speech Center apps are applicable for reinforcing language skills, articulation skills and auditory processing. The developer is easily accessible and answers questions and concerns quickly.

Articulation Vacation was created to enhance articulation learning, the graphics and animations are both engaging and creative. The vacation theme allows the child to practice many skills in four different “vacation” activity modes: Fishing, Parachuting, Hidden Treasure and Picture Taking.

The app covers most, if not all, phonemes and blends that child might encounter in the English language. The opening page of the app is directed at set up and beginning the game. Like other Virtual Speech apps, at the start, a student must be chosen or added. Multiple students can be added and multiple students can play at a time with the app having them take turns. Once the desired student is added, then the customization begins. There is an option for position (initial middle, end) and for the desired output (word, phrase, and paragraph).

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The app can be adjusted for desired phoneme that the child is practicing, so as their targets change over time you can adjust what they are working on. The settings allow for many options, such as text on and off, number of trials for each game before moving on to the next game, selecting multiple phonemes, and auto scoring. Child’s voice can be recorded and played back.

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 Activities

Each activity has a different approach.

In the fishing game, the kids pull back the fishing rod and “fish” in the ocean for a target.

In the beach treasure hunt the child digs in the sand to uncover a picture representing their target word

During the parachute option, the children are directed to release the target word from a parachute and catch it on a floating raft.

In picture taking the objective is to take pictures of the target word, by moving a camera back and forth.  There is a red button next to the viewfinder that turns green once the target has been found. There are so many target words that the students can have multiple tries before words are repeated.

In all of the activities , in order to hear the word, the child must press an arrow located on the side of the picture. Each page allows for recording of the client’s voice and the ability to mark as correct, so-so and wrong. Scores are automatically recorded and can be easily tracked. In the settings options, scores can be erased or saved for the next sessions. Reports can be viewed in graphic or table section.

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There are quite a few things that I really like about this app. The voice that accompanies the images is a pleasant, very articulate male voice. However, for many of the words, he adds a schwa or elongates the phoneme. For those children imitating him, they will add that extra phoneme. I would like to see the option of a female voice as well. The app is easy to manoeuvre and a very short learning curve. There is limited animation on each page, so the child is not distracted. The number of phonemes covered is exceptional. It allows the SLP to alter the target multiple times in each session. The student can easily “grow” with this app.

There are some additional options I would like to see added: target voiced as it comes on the screen, instead of having to touch an arrow, for the camera be able to move up and down, or perhaps be moved by moving the iPad, and ability to choose length of syllables for target sounds. Currently there is no reward system for the students, perhaps the developers can add a sticker system to the app after achieving a certain number of correct productions.

Articulation Vacation by Virtual Speech Center is an engaging app that can be used both in therapy and as a follow up for home reinforcement. The students I tried it with loved the games and the quick pace of the app. I would highly recommend this app for SLPs and for parents with therapist input.

Articulation Vacation – Virtual Speech Center Inc.

Articulation Vacation Articulation Vacation by Virtual Speech Center Inc.

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"These innovative games cycle through as the students target their articulation goals in word, sentence, or story level. This has become my new favorite articulation app...This app has been a huge hit.

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