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This is an articulation app designed by Speech Pathologists to support children with articulation difficulties to develop their speech sounds. The app provides 72 different built-in scenes to practice over 1200 words with word targets including each consonant of the English language.
The app is designed with the theme of cinema and movies and includes 4 separate activities you can engage with. The app allows children the opportunity to practice pronouncing their sounds aloud, and also enables the user to record their voice and hear it back to develop self-monitoring skills.
What we think
This app was developed and designed by a certified Speech Language Pathologist to address articulation difficulties including difficulties with pronunciation of certain sounds at different places within the word (e.g. initial, medial or final position of the word).
Yes. The app is relatively user friendly. It enables you opportunity to create profiles, and takes you to a home screen with a selection of consonant targets to select from. You then select your sound, and the phoneme position (target sound within the word).
Once selected, you choose one of the four activities. Within each activity, a pop up explanation screen explains how to engage in the activity.
It is easy to navigate the buttons on the app, and if you have made an error you can go back using the ‘exit’ button. Each activity has different buttons and options but are easy to understand.
Yes, you can use this app in different settings including home, school and clinic.
The app can also support generalisation of skills at home as it offers opportunity to practice target sounds for ‘homework’, offering a ‘homework document’ which you can print off and provide the student.
The activities within the app also target consonant sound at different places within the word (e.g. initial, middle or end of words) and allows the user to work on words at word level, phrase level and sentence level.
There is also opportunity to develop self-monitoring skills using a rating system to develop generalisation of speech sound articulation skills.
Inbuilt features of the app include the movie theme of the app, the four activities including a ‘find the hidden items’ activity and a movie making function. The app also provides a point system and congratulates the user with an ‘award’ which allows users to place a trophy in their trophy case.
The app also appeals to the younger audience, and includes music which is entertaining whilst using the app.
This app would not be suitable for people with vision impairment, or motor-skill deficit (pointing).
The app also requires basic literacy skills, and semantic (word meaning) knowledge to be able to be able to read and recognise the word selected.
The app allows users to create a profile using their name and they can also add a photo to personalise their profile.
Each player also receives awards which goes on their trophy case.
Yes. The intention of the app is to target and develop speech sounds in a fun and motivating way. The app allows the user to not only say words, but also hear their own pronunciation (using the record feature). The app allows users to develop their self-monitoring skills using the scoring/marking function.
The speech recordings on the app are pronounced in an American Accent, which is generally not appropriate for speech intervention for children with an Australia accent. It is recommended that you turn the voice audio off in settings. If the target sound is ‘r’, do not practice the sound in word final position.
The app also does not take into consideration vowel sounds (e.g. oa, air, ee etc.)
The app was fun and interactive especially the games including ‘find the hidden item’. It supports practicing speech sounds but also incorporates a game before having to engage in the word practice. The game can be used independently as well if users are motivated to use it without any adult support.