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iPad, iPod touch, iPhone Apps for Speech & Language therapy ( Part 2


Barbara Fernandes, M.S; CCC-SLP

The Presenter
-Barbara Fernandes, M.S; CCC-SLP - Founder & CEO of Smarty Ears - Love technology - GeekSLP (Free App) - Apper (App developer) - Developed over 32 apps for SLPs


As a result of this presentation you will be able to...
1. Identify at least 3 apps that can be used for improving language skills. 2. Name at least 3 apps for developing language skills in school age children. 3. Identify and determine different categories and features of apps for children with speech and language delay. 4. Name at least two pitfalls of using apps for delivering therapy.


The SLP tech photo
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ATIA Convention January, 2012

The Devices

iPad 1 & 2


iPod touch


Teaching Strategies/ EBP

Is there any Evidence that Apps can help children with Speech delays?

How do I engage Evidence Based Practice with this app?

We should not be mapping the use of new technologies onto old curricula, rather, we need to rethink our curricula and pedagogies in the light of the impact that we know technologies can have on learning and meaning‐making in contemporary times (Yelland, 2007).

Teaching Strategies/ EBP

What is the evidence behind Mr. Potato head?

Teaching Strategies/ EBP

Apps do not replace you! Do not use an app as a television!

Still plan your therapythe apps are just the tool or the activity.

Major app categories:
1. Apps not designed for therapy but can be adapted for therapy 2. Apps designed for therapy/assessment 3. Apps for motivation 4. Data/Caseload tracking & organization apps

App Shopper

Create a wishlist from the apps you will see and learn about on today’s presentation. How to use it: 1. Create an account; 2. Search the app name; 3. Tap o “Want it”.

This presentation may not be healthy for your wallet.

Gaming into education: Can even Angry Birds promote learning?

Gaming into education: Can even Angry Birds promote learning?


1. If your student/child is already familiar with Angry Birds, get him to explain the whole game to you. If you are working on writing skills, this can even be a written assignment. 2. You and the child can play one or several levels together; however the child has to describe their strategy to getting to the pig prior to playing the level. If you are with a group of students; how about having each student think out their strategies separately and get them to discuss which strategy is best and then put into action? 3. Select a level and ask the student to play it once, then ask them to describe their strategies verbally or create a written material that describes their strategies.

This can also be used for articulation (The harassing bird came crashing through the air and went through the rubble.)

1. Which concepts can you teach using this app? 2. How would you use this app with a group of students? 3. What are the things you need to be careful with regards to this app?

1. Jenga 2. Angry Birds 3. Smurfs 4. Talking Tom 5. Where’s Waldo?

Let’s Practice these principles!

Where’s Waldo? Goals: Reading comprehension Following directions Narrative: Story telling Describing a scene

Let’s Practice these principles!

The talking ____ apps.

Goals: Articulation & Phonology Any verbal output ( non-verbal students)

Watch out for buy in app charges + inappropriate content


Goals: Prepositions Following directions Verbs

i.   There  is  no  such  thing  as  useless  app ii.   The  Apps  are  not  meant  to  replace  you iii.  Be  creative iv.   Don’t  lose  perspective  and  remember  how  life   was  before  the  iPad v.   Plan  therapy  and  teaching vi.  Use  your  student’s  interest vii.   Reinforcing  while  playing viii.   Free  apps  are  free-­‐  you  get  what  you  paid  for ix.  There  are  new  apps  everyday x.   Update  your  apps  constantly

Basic  Principles  for  being  a  Geek  Educator Remember  you  are  still  the  educator!!!

AAC Apps

High-End Entry level

Quick Talk

Basic entry-level AAC app Pre set of pairs Voice output ( requires Internet access) 11,000 Smarty Symbols to edit

No Audio 100 items

SUPER Easy to use Add your own images

Recorded Voices Male/Female voices 650 items

Folders Very Easy to use Creates phrases

Speak for yourself
Speak for Yourself was designed by two ASHA-certified speech-language pathologists (SLPs) with an extensive knowledge of AAC devices and implementation.

119 core words on main screen. Each of these buttons links to additional related core vocabulary words and personalized, programmable vocabulary. Voice output ( no need for Internet) 11,000 Smarty Symbols to personalize vocabulary


Text-to-Speech Automatic Conjugations 7000 items Proloquo2Go

Male/Female-Children voices May be complex to program & use

How comfortable are you with programming AAC devices?

Built in word prediction Voice output Free & Premium Versions Readers

Editing the settings of AAC apps and other apps...

AAC on iPad

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Affordable Stigma-the cool fact! Easier to set up and program Attractive One deviceseveral possible apps

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Relatively more fragile Durability Not as many options for apps yet Accessories - Key guard, switch, etc..

Can you think of anything else to add to this list?

Custom Boards
Custom Boards Premium is an evidence based app designed to serve as a board and activity creator

Premium version offers a total of 100+ Templates. 12,000 Smarty Symbols Print, e-mail or share through iTunes. User your own images Student folders

Custom Boards
Ideas from Cindy Meester...

“We placed these on the floor in a hopscotch form and they say each syllable while hopping on them. They like to collect as many pairs as they can.”

Now the fun begins!

Apps designed for therapy/assessment

Some data on the use of apps

• 50% of Speech Pathologists user iPad for

★80% of those use Articulation apps for

★12% use articulation apps for evaluation
Source: Survey by Fernandes, 2011

Articulation & Phonology Apps
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The process...
1. Evaluate articulation skills 2. If in school determine eligibility for services 3. Determine patterns of speech errors 4. Select Goals for therapy 5. Initiate treatment 6. Measure Progress

Articulation Assessment on the iDevices

What is available?



“The Sunny Articulation Test (SAT) is an individually administered clinical tool for screening, identification, diagnosis and follow-up evaluation of articulation & phonology skills in English speaking individuals.”

This is not a test for determining eligibility- it is not standardized.
This is a test used for identifying patterns of speech errors

Articulation Therapy

The past X the future

“Phonetic placement has been shown to be effective for teaching a child how to say a new sound.”
(Powel, Elbert, Miccio, Strike-Roussos, & Brasseur, 1998).

Possible uses: Apraxia of Speech, Articulation/Placement, verbal output

• Uses SymbolStix images • Word/Phrase level • Voice recording • Save student progress overtime • E-mail results • 913 cards

Articulate it!

Pre-recorded Audio

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phonemes(including clusters) Phonological processes Manner of articulation

E-mail and print results Tracks student’s progress overtime Built in voice recorder Word & Phrase level Over 1,200 pictures

Articulation Flip Book

Free + $9.99 /book

Verb Tenses: The majority of the stories are in the past tense form, the middle panel is ideal for determining whether the verb is in the present, future or past tense. Pronouns: The first panel is convenient for teaching pronouns (he, she, they, etc) to replace the existing noun. Discuss why the correct pronoun is appropriate for each picture.

Minimal Pairs Academy
Released last night! 1. Contains over 900 words 2. Four different activities: a. Auditory Bombardment b. Auditory discrimination c. Production d. Phrase completion 3. Detailed results including a graph 4. Share results via e-mail or print

Articulation of the future
• Allows better student monitoring • Collaboration between parent-teacher-SLP • Increased motivation • Focus on therapy rather than tracking • Significantly better pool of words

Apps for Language Skills
Pragmatics-Syntax-Morphology- Semantics

Apps for Social Skills & Pragmatics

Highly interactive and attractive Targets social thinking skills

Children practice and records conversation scripts.

Receptive and expressive language skills Children must attend to the “ silly” ideas on the images.


Simple vocabulary apps
Alphabets Fruits Emotions Things

iPhone only apps
Zoo Animals Shapes Music Actions

Some are even Free
Zoo Animals Shapes Music Actions


From basic verb demonstrations to advanced tense/sentence levels

Speech with Milo iPractice Verbs


House of Learning

Preposition Remix

Speech with Milo: Prepositions


Sentence Builder

Sentence Maker

Sentence Magic

Some more language...

Fun & Functional

Question it


Phonological Awareness

Profile of Phonological Awareness

Pocket Charts

Reading comprehension
Reading comprehension -Level 1 Passages

Cause & Effect

Pocket Pond




The iPad is a great tool for teaching cause & effect


DAF Assistant

Fluency Tracker

Disfluency Index Counter

Organization & Data tracking

Built-in calendar Caseload Tracker on iPad SLP Goal Bank Dysphagia2Go


Naming Therapy

Comprehension Therapy

Did we make it?
Barbara Fernandes

For more informations:

Resources @geekslp

Classroom ideas for learning with the iPad:
Pittard, Vanessa (2009) Becta Research: Young People, Schools and Technology-Supported Learning. Powerpoint presentation. In: ALT-C 2009 "In dreams begins responsibility" - choice, evidence and change, 8 - 10 September 2009, Manchester.

Whetton, C, Sainsbury, M (2007) (NFER) ‘e-Assessment for Improving Learning’, Paper presented at the 33rd International Association for Educational Assessment Conference,16 – 21 September 2007, Baku, Azerbaijan