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January 2015

Overwhelmed With Apps!

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So many apps, so little time! We know that iPads and iPhones are all the craze right now with children and adults. Which apps are worth the money? Which apps are appropriate for my child? If you need help, look no further than our website! We have spent hours searching and evaluating apps and have saved the best ones for you! You can easily find recommended apps on a single apps page located under resources on our website. The apps are organized into categories. Do you need to work on vocabulary development, grammar or social language skills? Do you want to learn how to pronounce English words or how to improve your fluency or speaking skills?

If so, we have the app for you!

http://granitebayspeech.com/therapy-apps/

The best way to use an app with your child is to work together, side by side. Pause every couple of items and make sure your child is comprehending the material. Enhance understanding by using objects your child can touch like blocks, balls or Legos. Instruct your child to tap on separate blocks as they sound out words on the app. Teach your child to understand concepts like big/small, above/below by moving an object above a block or comparing block sizes. Children learn best by seeing and touching real objects and then transferring this to a touch screen or picture. It’s best not to rely on apps to teach your child new concepts that are best learned through multi sensory experiences. Imagine trying to teach a child what sour or sweet means when they haven’t experienced the concept first! Most apps motivate children to practice activities once they have a basic understanding of a concept; just don’t expect apps to teach your child new concepts independently!

One last tip-save money! Try out the free lite version of an app or try the app in our office before you buy. Ask us for advice; we are always happy to help!

Below is a small sample of apps you’ll find on our extensive app resource page:

Articulation

Artic ‘S’ Photos Fun Deck $3.99

Super Duper Inc.

This app has 56 full-color photo flash cards (plus audio of each card’s text) from the Artic Photos ‘S’ Fun Deck and Artic Quickies Reproducible Photo Fun Sheets. It allows you to use the app in portrait or landscape orientation. Track correct and incorrect responses for an unlimited number of players, and receive feedback for incorrect and/or correct responses. Select the cards you want students to see, and have your students practice their ‘S’ sound in the initial, medial, and final position of words.

Artic ‘R’ Photos Fun Deck $3.99

Super Duper Inc.

This app has 56 full-color photo flash cards (plus audio of each card’s text) from the Artic Photos ‘R’ Fun Deck and Artic Quickies Reproducible Photo Fun Sheets. It allows you to use the app in portrait or landscape orientation. Track correct and incorrect responses for an unlimited number of players, and receive feedback for incorrect and/or correct responses. Select the cards you want students to see, and have your students practice their ‘R’ sound in the initial, medial, and final position of words.

Language


Language Adventures Quiz Game Show  $1.99

Grades 1-3
Lakeshore

This exciting game is designed like a TV game show and works on writing skills, punctuations, parts of speech, and more!

 

Grammar


Irregular Verbs Fun Deck  FREE

Super Duper Inc.

This app provides fill-in-the-blank sentences for the user to choose either the present tense or irregular past tense version of the verb. An illustration is provided and answers are scored and saved.

 

Listening and Following Directions


Hearbuilder Following Directions   FREE

Super Duper Inc.

This app gives users an opportunity to practice their listening and direction following skills at the toy factory. The levels get increasingly more difficult: basic directions, sequential directions, quantitative and spatial directions, temporal directions, and conditional directions.

 

Phonics


Sound Sorting Beginning Sounds  $.99

Lakeshore

This app allows the user to match words with the same beginning sound. A ball with a picture on it drops down and the user must match it to the correct category of words.

 

Social Skills


The Social Express   FREE

The Language Express

Users work with animated characters Emma and Zach as they navigate the social world. Users are presented with real-life situations in which they can identify their emotions and choose a coping strategy or respond to the situation. This app also works on predicting outcomes and taking other people’s point of view.

 

Stuttering/ Cluttering


Pacesetter   $8.99

Aptus Speech and Language Therapy

This app allows users to select a reading passage and an adjustable rate of speech. It then highlights which word/syllable is to be said. This helps those who have imprecise articulation, speech rate, cluttering, or stuttering.

 

 

 

 

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