Smarty Ears’ Assessment & Screening Apps are on SALE until August 19, 2013!

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screening-sale1-970x440When apps go on sale, we want to announce it ASAP.  So, despite the time difference, we (groggily) got up to type out a quick post because this is your chance to snap up Smarty Ears’ assessment and screening apps that have gone on SALE!  Time to clean up your iPad’s memory, shut down all bandwidth hoggers in your network, and read up because we’ve got great deals for you:

  • ATEval2Go from $39.99 to $19.99
    • This app is designed to help you document all observations and considerations essential to an assistive technology evaluation. ATEval2Go transfers the recording functions accomplished by paper, heavy computer equipment and other devices to the portable and easy-to-use iPad interface.
  • Basic Concepts Skills Screener (fresh release) from $19.99 to $9.99
    • Basic Concepts Skill Screener (BCSS) is a quick, motivational screening tool created to help assess the basic concept skills in children. Designed by certified speech-language pathologists, BCSS uses technology to engage clients while assessing their school readiness skills. Perfect for all levels from preschool to early elementary, BCSS assesses the concept skills needed for pre-reading and math skills. The Basic Concepts Skills Screener is sure to be a great app for the busy speech-language pathologist, teacher, parent, or caregiver.
  • Bilingual Articulation Phonology Assessment from $49.99 to $29.99
    • The Bilingual Articulation and Phonology Assessment (BAPA) was developed for the purpose of assess-ing the articulatory and phonological abilities of Spanish-speaking and bilingual (English-Spanish) children. Best practices for assessment of speech sound disorders for bilingual children recommends an as-sessment of all languages spoken by the child. Through assessing both languages, one can more easily rule out or explain second-language influences and can describe errors observed in both languages as well as those errors specific to each language.
  • Common Core Early Language Screener from $24.99 to $15.99 (read our review!)
    • The Common Core Early Language Screener (CCELS) is a screening tool used to identify weaknesses in early language skills. The CCELS was designed to be used with Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten aged children; however, the screener can be used for other groups if needed. The skills assessed on the CCELS vary depending on the grade level choice selected by the evaluator.
  • Disfluency Index Counter from $8.99 to $4.99
    • The easiest, cheapest and most advanced way to track your %SS (Percentage of stuttered syllables).The Disfluency Index Counter app allows Speech and Language Therapists to perform a live count of the number of fluent or disfluent syllables. This application comes with two styles of counters: A simple and an advanced counter.
  • Dysphagia2Go from $39.99 to $19.99
    • Dysphagia2Go guides you through the evaluation process with reminders to assess medications, cranial nerves and all the areas on which any good dysphagia evaluation should focus. This app provides a thorough evaluation report template developed by speech pathologists who have drawn upon their experience in varied settings to provide extensive opportunities to record chart reviews, assessment data, and recommendations in a single document, which can then be printed or e-mailed directly from the user’s iPad.
  • Profile of Phonological Awareness from $14.99 to $9.99
    • The Profile of Phonological Awareness (Pro-PA) was developed for the purpose of evaluating and describing the phonological awareness skills of children. This evaluation can be considered as part of a full speech, language, and/or literacy evaluation or can be stand alone
  • Sunny Articulation Phonology Test from $49.99 to $24.99
    • The Sunny Articulation and Phonology Test can be used to identify articulation errors patterns in children as well as adults. The Sunny Articulation Phonology Test (SAPT) is an individually administered clinical tool for screening, identification, diagnosis and follow-up evaluation of articulation skills in English speaking individuals.
  • Therapy Report Center (FREE!)
    • In the past, when you downloaded a new Smarty Ears app you would have to add each student to the app, one by one. Now with the TRC, you enter your students on TRC only once and export all of the students at the same time to each newly downloaded or existing Smarty Ears app. This makes the process of adding students one by one to many apps a simple two-step process. In the past, if you owned 10 Smarty Ears apps, and had 40 students on your caseload, you would have to repeat the process of adding students 400 times. The TRC saves time and makes the use of the iPad even more efficient.

Big month this month for App Sales: Autism Awareness Month 2014

Screen Shot 2014-04-19 at 11.05.49 PMOh this feels good, to be back and on the hunt for app deals! We have upgraded to the new iPad Air months ago along with its sidekick, the latest iPad Mini.  We’ve migrated all our apps into these two new babies and everything just pops out of the screen.

But it’s app sale time and while we may have missed the previous Autism Awareness Month app sale announcements, there are still some that are waiting for you to take advantage of their low prices NOW.  So, let’s see what we’ve got here. **rolls sleeves up**

  • Pepi Doctor ($1.99 to FREE):  If you haven’t tried any of Pepi Play’s apps, then you’re missing a lot :)
  • Quick Clocks ($1.99 to FREE):  Teach children how to tell the time using analog and digital clock formats.  Set difficulty levels, have them write the time shown on the clock, enable / disable 24-hour formats.
  • Pili Pop–English Learning Games for Kids ($6.99 to $2.99):  This one’s a pretty good deal… packing 24 games in one app, Pili Pop helps teach English pronunciation and uses speech recognition tools, builds English vocabulary, facilitates language comprehension via games, and can produce free monthly progress reports of every child that uses the app.  Oh, one more thing:  NO in-app purchases.
  • Sentence Creator–Learn to Build and Write Your First Sentences (FREE):  Highly customisable, this app allows you to make your own activities.  Create short or long sentences, adjust difficulty levels, track users’ progress via sticker rewards for smaller kids and scorecards for older ones.  
  • Dr. Panda’s Airport ($1.99 to FREE):  We fell in love with Dr. Panda’s Beauty Salon not just because the nail polish activity was an absolute winner… but because there are SO many therapy goals that can be targeted using it.  We eventually snagged Dr. Panda’s Restaurant and now we’ve got the Airport.  Prepare your young client for vacation trips and take them step-by-step in going through airport security (remove keys from pockets before getting scanned!), take the shuttle to respective departure gates, even get passports stamped!  
  • Expressive ($29.99 to $14.99):  Many AAC apps tend to be a bit pricey, but Expressive offers children and adults the opportunity to communicate their wants and needs by touching over 10,000 symbols and pictures that draw from Smarty Ears’ Smarty Symbols library of built-in images.  Customize the app and create your own folders, rearrange images, choose images with audio files, change font styles, add your own images, and even lock the app to prevent settings from being modified.  
  • Social Quest ($21.99 to $10.99):  Understanding and utilizing pragmatic language in different social situations is always a challenge in any group of students.  Social Quest packs stories about real-world situations and allows students to determine which responses to a social situation are correct or incorrect, provide more than one answer to each situation, respond to questions in various locations, etc.  Difficulty levels can be modified, specific social situation locations can be selected, and with more than 800 questions across both main activities, this app’s one good investment.
  • VERBS News ($9.99 to $5.99):  Work on verb tenses while your young client pretends to be a news anchor.  The app allows multiple account users, use audio recording, track correct and incorrect answers, emailing results after the game, etc.
  • Magical Concepts ($9.99 to $5.99):  Have your little one get familiar with language concepts such as far and near, loud and quiet, crooked and straight… over 60 concepts in all.
  • Syntax Workout ($16.99 to $9.99):  With more than 1500 stimuli, this app helps in the comprehension of various pronouns (objective, demonstrative, subjective, etc.), was vs. were, do vs. does, and many more.
  • Sentence Workout ($12.99 to $7.99):  Children learn how to manage sentences by moving parts of sentences around into their respective places in order to create a grammatically correct one.  
  • Toca Lab ($3.99 to $2.99):  Toca Boca apps are awesome, and Lab is no exception.  Got a budding chemist in your little group?  This app offers activities that utilise centrifuges, Bunsen burners, mixing liquids in test tubes, etc.  Invite experimentation and discovery as your little clients mix liquids together and discover how to make them magnetic.
  • Collins Big Cat:  At the Dump Story Creator ($3.99 to FREE):  This one’s an interactive book AND a story creator!  Written for children aged four years and up, promote reading and comprehension skills, record narration and sound effects, create your own book using pictures, characters and key vocabulary from the story.  Teach children the concept of recycling, how crucial it is to tidy up all household waste into proper places, etc.
  • Collins Big Cat:  Playing Story Creator ($3.99 to FREE):  Same features as the previous app, but this time, this talks about different places where one can play.

Did we miss really good apps that are on sale?  Let us know and we’ll add it here for you!

We’re BACK! And we’ve missed you!

Were-BackIt has been a pretty busy for us these past few months, enough to take us away from blogging.  For all that it was worth, we have managed to fulfill not just a lot of clinical responsibilities, but academic as well.  Lent a hand in teaching a graduate course, taught not in one but two undergraduate courses, did undergraduate thesis advising, and eventually at the end of our school year, helped graduate a new batch of young bachelor’s degree holders of speech-language pathology, doubling the output of young clinicians in
the country for the first time in history :)

Great school year.  But we’ve missed blogging!  We’ve missed you!  And now we’re back. Hopefully this time we can put out choice articles more regularly.  More and more clinicians, teachers, parents, and clients have been asking us for app recommendations.  Several app developers have asked us to do reviews of their apps.  And just as importantly, we owe several of our friends app reviews.  Thanks for putting your trust in us and for being so patient (we are bowing here in respect)!  

If there is a good example of serious bottlenecking of processing resources, our workload these past months is one.  Here’s hoping we can allocate ourselves appropriately this time ;)

Conversation TherAppy is 20% off to celebrate Mandela Day, July 18, 2013!

conversationsalemandelaApp sales are looking better and better because this time, Conversation TherAppy is taking 20% off from its original price of $24.99!  An SLP from South Africa had offered to translate Conversation TherAppy to Zulu in celebration of Mandela Day.  Take advantage of this app sale because future updates will include FREE translations in Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, French and Filipino!  We are giving you more reasons to snap up Conversation TherAppy in our thorough review article here.  Try out Conversation TherAppy Lite if you wish, but we must remind you that the sale will only be good for one day, July 18, 2013.

Another AppSale! Virtual Speech Center apps now at huge discounts

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It must be app sale season, because we were just informed that the prices of           Virtual Speech Center‘s  have been recently slashed!  Check out the links below and see if these are the apps that you didn’t know you had been needing for quite some time now.  These apps will be on sale only until the end of July 2013.

Smarty Ears Summer Sale 2013! TEN apps each down to $4.99

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Smarty Ears had just put up TEN of their beautiful apps on SALE effective until July 21, 2013 only!  Each of these apps are now at $4.99, and given the praises we have been getting from our fellow clinicians, several of these are very worth the space you will allot for it in your device.  Click on the links below and grab the following apps now because we most likely will not see these hit this low until next summer:

There is much to talk about the new Conversation TherAppy

Conversation TherAppyWe enjoyed ourselves so much with Tactus Therapy Solutions’ latest app that we almost let this month pass without releasing a complete review about it.  Conversation TherAppy landed in our iPad just in time for Aphasia Awareness Month this June 2013, and it arrived heavy with features.  

When we received a copy of the app, we planned to field-test it with a couple of clients.  We ended up using Conversation TherAppy with all of our school-age kids as well as with our adult clients with stuttering, aphasia, dementia, and verbal apraxia.  In a couple of weeks, our fellow clinicians were borrowing our iPad and trying the app with their clients.

Conversation TherAppy 2Conversation TherAppy is the eighth release from its developer. Given the success of the apps that preceded it, we were eager to discover what the latest app has in store for us.  The app’s Home Screen greets the user with these:

  • the Start button
  • User Hub
  • Settings button (top right corner)
  • Users tab (on the screen’s left)
  • Connect, Tutorial, and Other Apps (on the bottom of the screen)

Let’s start with Settings, for a good reason.  If you are a clinician and you are about to use the app with your client, you will want to lay the parameters out first.  Settings allows you to:

  • select the Number of Trials: minimum of 5, or choose to tackle All items
  • Content:  filter the pictures according to what is appropriate for your client (Child, Teen, Adult)
  • Scoring Sounds:  want the Default ping? The more subtle Click?  Or mute all scoring sounds?
  • Email Results To: enter the primary email address to where the results can be sent to
  • Links:  toggle Links on/off
  • Customize Database:  this is the heart of Settings and will allow you to:
    • select the category of the content you wish to customize and include/omit pictures from that category
    • edit the questions that accompany the Question Types

It is in the User Hub where you get to enter each client’s name.  It likewise allows you to:Conversation TherAppy 5

  • enter notes about each specific client
  • include / omit questions
  • delete sessions

Results are tabulated in the User Hub as well. Select a username from the list on the left of the screen and the Results window will show you the date, the time it took for the client to finish the session, his/her score by the total number of items and in percent values, option to email the results, or delete the entry. 

The Users tab on the left of the screen allows one to quickly select the user/s who will participate in the activity.  Tick the box next to the name then tap Start.  The app (as with most of Tactus Therapy’s apps) allows you to select your categories first prior to starting with the session.  By default, the following screen will show you:

  • a picture that shows the topic that is up for discussionConversation TherAppy 3
  • ten buttons that flank the picture, each representing a Question Prompt:
    • Describe
    • Define
    • Remember
    • Decide
    • Feel
    • Infer
    • Predict
    • Narrate
    • Evaluate
    • Brainstorm
  • User Names on tabs (maximum of 6 users on the iPad, 4 on the iPhone/iPod Touch)
  • Home button on the top left corner
  • Progress bar on the top right corner
  • Backward and Forward arrows on the lower corners

Explore the app by downloading the Lite version here.

Conversation TherAppy 4While it downloads, read on as we explain what we love about this app:

  • clear, sharp images:  This mattered a lot.  A 64-year old client of ours has dementia and her cognition fluctuated a lot.  We used Conversation TherAppy with her and directed her attention to specific parts in each picture, particularly the emotions in the subjects’ faces.  She consistently identified these emotions and managed to note other details in most of the pictures as well.  Image quality was certainly a priority when this app was developed.
  • engaging topics were well portrayed in the pictures:  four 11-year old boys made up our social skills group.  Considering how volatile their attention spans were, it was rewarding to note that the app helped in drawing out a detailed conversation from them.  They chose which pictures and topics they wanted to expound on.  The scene that showed rudeness was one of their favorites because of the varied reactions the subjects had in response to the rude moviegoer.  They argued about their personal interpretations of verbal abuse.  The picture auto theft drew much emotion from our client with dementia, enabling her to summon enough processing powers to participate and explore the topic further.
  • heaps of options in Customize the Content:  we honestly do not have anything else to ask for because the app allowed one to:
    • double-check which topics are unlocked for all populations and which ones are restricted to Teens and Adults or Adults only
    • select or deselect which ones can be included in an activity
    • edit the questions… per topic!
  • user names and scoring buttons are available and are conveniently placed:  It is not easy to keep track of each participant’s performance while doing any group therapy session, but with these User tabs, keeping track is as simple as tapping a button.  And since we expect the iPad to be on landscape mode with the clinician beside or behind it, putting the User tabs on top of the screen just made a lot of sense.
  • Conversation TherAppy 6User Hub keeps track of each user’s scores:  use the app, tap the buttons toscore, and allow yourself to get lost in the conversation.  Let the User Hub track each client’s scores (as long as you consistently use the scoring buttons).  Time and date are also logged in, so it is easy to monitor progress.  Options for emailing the results and deleting entries are provided.  And one more thing:  results can be viewed in graph form.  Yes:  GRAPH.
  • Question prompts are specific to each picture:  there is no better way to allow users to expound on each given topic than by asking specific, open-ended questions.  These questions encourage one to share opinions, thoughts, and stories of one’s experiences.  With the app’s customization features, it is easy to edit the questions and shorten these to match a client’s processing capacity, or even write the questions using the client’s native language (one that uses Roman characters).
  • 12 categories contains a total of 300 pictures accompanied by more than 3000 questions:  as we said, there is much to talk about this app… 3000 questions!

What we would love to see in future updates:  Try as we might, we ended up answering our own suggestions.  Bump up customizability and put in Add My Own Photo option?  The app covered a lot of daily life situations and issues.  An option to add another question prompt?  Edit one of the question prompts and customize it according to your client’s needs.  How about options to view the photo only and/or be able to zoom into it?  Turn off all question prompts, and if you really have to zoom into the picture, take a screenshot, open it in Photos, zoom in as much as you want.

In our opinion, Conversation TherAppy is one of the finest apps Tactus Therapy has ever put out.  With it being heavy on features and flexible with all its customization options, one need not hesitate in using it with any client.  Since we all aim to facilitate good conversational skills in our clients, this app may promise to be a mainstay in your device.  This app need not work hard to earn your love and tapping devotion.  It does its job and it does it so well, we guarantee you that you will use Conversation TherAppy over and over and over again.

Price:  $ 24.99
Weight: 85.6 MB
Updated:  26 May 2013
Version: 1.0
Compatible with: iPhone 3GS until iPhone 5, iPod Touch (3rd-5th Gen), iPad.  Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Seller:  Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd
Target Population: children, adults
Awesome if you want to work on:
  • aphasia
  • Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, cognitive-communication disorders
  • stuttering
  • learning disability
  • autism
  • ADHD
  • verbal apraxia, etc.

Customer Ratings (iTunes): no ratings yet                                                                      iSPeak App says: 5 out of 5 smileys

 

Catch a few apps still on sale as Better Hearing and Speech Month May 2013 ends

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Missed the big app sale for Better Hearing and Speech, May 2013? There might be still a few choice ones here for you.

Note: The prices and dates indicated below were obtained from app developer announcements, blogsites and from the App Store. Prices may change without further notice. Make sure you double-check the apps’ quoted prices before buying.

Tactus Therapy Solutions (on sale May 1-15, 2013)

Smarty Ears

Super Duper Publications (from $2.99 to $1.99):

Super Duper Publications:

It’s AppSale Time for Better Hearing and Speech Month, May 2013!

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It’s that time of the year again when we all perk up and check our devices for extra storage space because it’s raining apps on sale / gone FREE this Better Speech and Hearing Month, May 2013!  Check out what we’ve got for you:

Note:  The prices and dates indicated below were obtained from app developer announcements, blogsites and from the App Store.  Prices may change without further notice. Make sure you double-check the apps’ quoted prices before buying.

Tactus Therapy Solutions (on sale May 1-15, 2013)

Smarty Ears

Virtual Speech Center

Super Duper Publications (from $2.99 to $1.99):

Super Duper Publications:

Keep checking back at this list as we update it with more useful apps that have gone on sale!

the Articulate It promo code contest has ended, and we have a WINNER!

Last week we did a quick word on Smarty Ears’ update on Articulate It and put a promo code for it at stake in our review article.

Thanks for all who joined the contest!  Our lucky winner is…

Roma Delos Santos

Congratulations!  You are now a  proud owner of a copy of Articulate It!

Send us an email at speakapp@gmail.com with your name and contact details so we can send you your promo code.

Stick around everyone.  We may have another giveaway just around the corner :)