An app I’m using this week (5/1–5/5)

I’ve been working with a kindergartner for awhile now. After a really positive conversation with his school therapist, I have taken a new course in his therapy.

I discovered this Speech Therapy for Apraxia by Blue Whale apps over a year ago, and had trouble fitting it into my therapy with some kids. I saw the benefits of it, but didn’t have the match with the child yet. Now, I can see the real value of the material within the app.

It’s pretty straightforward with the cover page, and the progress tracking is a few extra bucks. With all honesty, I like when data collection is embedded (see my other posts), but you can manage this app without it.

I particularly like how the presentation is CV format, it’s quite helpful when working at initial levels with some children. When available, they use pictures, otherwise, it’s a close phonetic spelling.

Moreover, I like how the levels go up in difficulty. For my current child, we have not moved past Level 2, but as you can see below (Level 8), it can get challenging for some children. In this higher levels, you need to draw from 2 sound groups.

In the initial stages, you can see the repetition of production that is sometimes needed for children with Apraxia concerns. Each time you tap the square, it speaks the word as well (just in case your child needs an additional prompt).

The app is labeled as “Home Therapist,” so I wonder if it is designed for parents alone. Regardless, the second page give a clear explanation about what each level means- this is wonderful when trying to explain to parents what targets you are working on and “why.”

Overall, a pretty quality app that is targeted for some specific needs for students with articulation, phonology and apraxia challenges. While there is often disagreement about what apraxia is, it’s helpful to have a resource like this to help with targeting sounds at an early level.

Are there any resources you like for children with moderate speech impairments (whether apraxia or not?) Email me at danrfitch@gmail.com, or check out www.everythingislanguage.com for more therapy tips and recommendations!