Soundable

To preface this review, I have to say I am just a little biased. I mean, a FREE scrabble-ish game created jointly by one of my favorite app developers and one of my favorite therapy material resources, and specifically for nerdy speech sound geeks like myself? You have to give me a little leeway here – I get a little giddy about how fun this is. But I’ll try to be as objective as possible in this review, even though I know you’ll like it.

App: Soundable – Spell Words with Sounds

What It Is: A Scrabble/crossword-like app, but instead of building words with letters, you build them with phonemes/sounds (IPA or phonics). By both Tactus Therapy Solutions and LessonPix.

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Sunny Articulation & Phonology Test

My under-18 caseload has been significantly limited the past few months, so I haven’t been reviewing many children’s apps. However, I did use this app to assess several kids, and I wanted to share my thoughts!

App: Sunny Articulation & Phonology Test

What It Is: An app for assessing articulation and phonological abilities by Smarty Ears.

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Farmyard!

I found this app when I worked with a little boy whose life revolved around the three T’s: tractors, trucks, and trains. Here are some ways I have used it and my thoughts on its quality and usefulness.

What It Is: A farm scene with interactive animals, equipment, and people by Ubstar.

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Kids Traffic Light

Sometimes the best apps are the simple (and free!) ones that seem to have absolutely nothing to do with speech-language therapy. Here’s a fun one that has more uses than I originally thought.

What It Is: A touch-controlled stoplight by Cloudburst Games.

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Heroes of the City

What It Is: A collection of interactive stories (and a memory game) by Ruta Ett based on a TV show. Each story is about a different vehicle (police car, seaplane, digger, etc.) and its jobs and daily activities.

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ArtikPix

I would guess that most speech-language therapists who use phones or tablets in therapy will have already purchased an articulation flashcards app. This post, however, will hopefully help anyone just starting out with this technology to make an informed decision. Unlike my previous posts, where I have simply described my point of view on a single app, I want to engage others who use similar apps and allow them to compare and contrast. Since these articulation apps tend to be on the pricier side, reviewers typically only purchase one, and it is difficult to discern how various options “match up.” With this post, I’ll start by reviewing the articulation flashcard app that I use most frequently, but then I am calling on you (fellow #slpeeps!) to share with me how the artic flashcard app(s) you use measures up. This is a bit of an experiment in #slpeep interaction that was inspired by a recent Twitter conversation with Dr. Bronwyn Hemsley (@bronwynah). If you are an SLP using a similar app, participate and let us know why your app should (or shouldn’t) be downloaded by the next curious SLP!

What It Is: Articulation flashcard decks by RinnApps, arranged by phoneme.

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