EGWs6uuBZ3pp-zGuVVdmeLgkJG4 Across the Avenue: Educational Apps for Kids: Speech Tutor Pro #speechapps #articulation #SynapseApps

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Educational Apps for Kids: Speech Tutor Pro #speechapps #articulation #SynapseApps


The Speech Tutor Pro app is one of my go-to apps to introduce oral movements for sound formation. What's great about this app is that it covers a wide variety of articulation concerns in a way that is technical enough for speech-language pathologists to score clients in-depth, but accessible enough for parents to use on a basic level as well. (As an SLP, I definitely geeked out a bit over the target sound options in the card deck section and the articulation screener.) The $39.99 price tag may seem a bit steep at first glance, but for those of you with articulation clients, this app is well worth the investment. Speech Tutor Pro describes the app as a culmination of nearly a decade's worth of work designing apps for speech therapy, bringing together the content from 5 of the most well-known apps in the industry. It's no surprise after seeing all of the detail that went into this app. Check out my experience with it below...



About the App
Upon opening the app, you'll be taken to a home screen that presents 6 options: Practice Cards, Screen, Reports, Artic Videos, Material, and Tutorials. To the left of these options, you'll find a list of your clients for easy access to begin the session. Touch the client name and select 'Practice Cards' to begin the session.

Practice Cards
Speech Tutor Pro provides an amazing selection of practice card decks to choose from in order to target specific sounds. Once you've selected your practice decks, you'll return to the screen where high-quality, color images will appear with the words beneath them as well as audio of the correct pronunciation of the word. If you've chosen individual sounds, you'll also have the option to select 'Initial', 'Medial', 'Final', and 'Mix' to choose sound position that your target sound appears in, as well as whether you'd like to practice at the word, phrase, or sentence level. As students pronounce the words, you can score each production as correct, approximate, or incorrect with a touch of the buttons on the left side of the screen. Wanna video tape clients as they pronounce the words, so you can watch it back with them? Speech Tutor Pro offers that, too, with the video button on the left!



Deck Fast Facts:
  • 33 phoneme decks (Levels: Word, Phrase, Sentence; Positions: Initial, Medial, Final
  • 36 minimal pair decks
  • Nearly 5000 different cards
  • Use minimal pair decks and phoneme decks at the same time
  • See multiple clients at a time
  • "Kid Friendly" mode and "Clean" mode for older clients
  • Detailed data tracking with line graphs, bar graphs, and word charts to send home for practice
  • Record videos and save them to client profiles to view progress
  • View articulation videos during sessions to help with placement
  • Add/Remove decks during a session

Includes:
sm, sn, st, sp, sk, sl, s, z, f, v, sh, th, ch, j, l, blends m, n, ing, p, b, t, d, k, g, r, er, or, ar, rl, ear, ire, Cluster Reduction (choose all, L, R, S), Deaffrication (Choose all, Ch, J), Deletion of Final Consonants (Choose all, ch/j, f/v/, k/g, p/b, s/z, t/d, m, n, ing, Final Devoicing, Fronting (choose all, sh, ch/j, velars), Gliding(choose all, L, R), Prevocalic Voicing, Stopping of Fricatives (choose all, ch/j, f/v, s/z, sh, th, Stridency Deletion

Artic Videos
Before I even begin practicing the card deck, I like my clients to view the articulation videos. You can choose to view them from the home page, or pull them up at any time during the practice deck session. In my opinion, these videos are one of the best features about this app. They allow the client to see a transparent view of the oral cavity, so that they can watch the tongue, lips, and jaw move to form the target sound. You can even change the speed and toggle between side and front view, depending on your client's needs.



Video Fast Facts:
  • Front and side views
  • Slow, medium, fast speeds, and pause
  • Palate views
  • Information on the ages sounds should be acquired
  • Tips on how to elicit the sounds
  • Camera view so clients can watch as they produce sounds
  • Record/playback video and save to client profiles

Videos show the following sound productions: R (bunched), R (retroflex), L, sh, ch, j, s, z, f, v, th (voiced), th (voiceless), p, b, t, d, k, g, m, n, ing, i , æ, a, u

Screen
This app offers two articulation screeners--one for professionals and one for parents. Both are very easy to use. These screeners reveal which sounds children should have acquired by particular ages.

SLP-Friendly Version:

  • Easily screen sounds at the beginning and end of words.
  • SLPs can tap a button that conveniently lists phonological processes heard during the screening.
  • Write notes during the screening.
Parent-Friendly Version:
  • Screen for the major sounds targeted by speech-language pathologists
  • Write notes during the screening
  • Questions guide parents for identifying phonological processes

Reports
Head to the reports section to find data showing client progress, recordings, and screening results. Choose to share individual client data or data from a group of students, based on your needs. You can email data to yourself and/or parents, too, which is a big time-saver for me.

About Synapse Apps, LLC
In addition to this amazing articulation app, Synapse Apps also offers a FREE app called The Chatterbox, which also offers articulation cards. As if developing fabulous apps isn't enough, they have created a podcast called 'Time to Chat', which helps families to understand the importance and effectiveness of paying attention to speech and language in a child's formative years. Take some time to check it out here!

Where to Purchase
Head over to the App Store to purchase and download the Speech Tutor Pro app to your iOS device. While you're there, check out the full collection of Synapse apps!


Disclaimer: The products in this post were provided by Synapse Apps, LLC. As always, our posts are our own, honest opinions.