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Friday, May 4, 2012

Smarty Ears apps

Smarty Ears offers a wide variety of speech and language apps. Today I'm going to tell you about three of their apps including two of the newest app additions. I have found all their apps that I have to be very useful in my home and I highly highly highly recommend them :)

Language Adventures: This app is ran like a board game and teaches your child how to play games as well as learn speech skills throughout the game. This game helps build on synonyms, antonyms, and multiple meanings and includes three levels of difficulty. The game can be used with up to four players at a time which makes it perfect for home use or small speech groups. The levels target elementary grades to high school grades. As with most Smarty Ears apps it covers both receptive and expressive skills which helps if your child is struggling in one area more then the other. This app must be used with an adult especially if your child can not read as the question is read aloud (option to turn off) but the answers are not under receptive mode. Under expressive mode you must choose if they answered correctly or not so it is a definite must for an adult to be present. You can also check your child's report card at anytime and share with whoever you would like as needed. My children find this app fun and enjoyable. They love that it is set up as a game and enjoy playing it over and over again. Highly highly highly recommended app :)

Go-Togethers: This app works on building comprehension and expression. The app targets many different areas such as seasons, rooms, and more. The app will measure how well your child is doing along with their skill growth over time. Receptive, expressive and a mix of the two can be chosen along with two levels of play within each setting. You can choose how many correct items per screen and how the app will react to wrong answers. You can also choose what items you would like your child to work on in the app or you can choose them all. With just using receptive your child can work on this app alone but with expressive an adult must be present to grade the answers. I find it best to always work with your child when using speech and language apps to see and hear how they are doing :). This app is very easy to use and is very easy to customize to fit your child's needs. Highly highly highly recommended app :)

Expressive: This app is an entry to mid level aac type app. This app helps children and adults with speech impairments and communication disorders use pictures for their needs and wants. This app is simple and easy to use and not complex like some others. Users can choose from a large assortment of pictures and audio, create their own folders, and arrange images as needed. You can add your own pictures and audio which is nice for some that need their own items or to add pictures that may not be included. The delete and add is hidden to avoid accidents from happening to your pictures or folders. There is a total of 600 vocabulary pictures included in the app. I found this app to be very easy to use from the start. It was not confusing like some of the larger aac apps I've used in the past. The pictures are not all realistic but a lot of them are and you can add your own images if they seem to work better. The app includes both female and male voices so it fits with who you are using it with. For children especially I found this to be one of the more easy apps to use and navigate around with most things needed included to say what they need. I would highly highly highly recommend this app :)


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