Speech4Good connects therapists and clients via social sharing tools

Any rehab professional who ends his or her sessions with clients makes sure that they leave the therapy room armed with reminders to follow through the approaches that they have learned.  Any written activities that they have accomplished are submitted during the next therapy session.  In other times, audio or video recordings are brought back and are reviewed and commented on.  Some particularly hard-working clients opt to email in their output, reducing the time gap between sessions. 

Balbus Speech, Inc. questioned the effectiveness of these scenarios particularly in determining how one can ascertain that clients follow through with their therapists’ advice.  To solve the issue, they harnessed the power of online social sharing and created Speech4Good.

Speech4Good is an app that makes it possible for clients to submit or post samples of their speech production via email or through social networking sites.  When we downloaded the app and started using it, we wondered about how the app can be maximized if a good part of its target population are individuals who (may) tend hide their fluency problems.  Then we realized that with an app like Speech4Good, these very same individuals are empowered by providing them an opportunity to have a direct hand in their intervention and communicate directly with their clinicians.

 

Speech4Good is a simple, straightforward yet beautifully designed app.  Use it on an iPad and the home screen shows you:

  • the SpeechCenter:  brings you to a dashboard with
    • an oscilloscope or a digital speech graph that responds to voice in real time
    • delayed auditory feedback (DAF) with adjustable delay levels
    • a recorder with a timer that can be triggered to record and to stop recording
  • a Library:  contains all recorded files arranged by date
  • Sharing:  gives the user options to share one’s sessions via Facebook or Twitter, or via email
  • Account: for account settings

Clinicians and the clients whom they work with will most definitely find this a very useful tool in any therapeutic setting.  As we worked on the app, we also realized that its use can stretch to other scenarios such as for clinicians and clients working together on:

  • articulation disorders
  • narratives
  • voice disorders (with the client utilizing the techniques
  • sentence formulation (following a set of take-home written questions or activities)
Think about it:  most of us are online almost every other day.  Much of our work and entertainment are done online.  We keep in touch with family and friends on the internet. We express our thoughts and feelings and we share our stories via email and social networks. Speech4Good is in the right track here:  the strengths and advantages of our online presence merged with the need to share and connect called for one indispensable tool:  the means to record one’s speech output–may these be from reading passages to retelling a story–and share it to select individuals.  With some forward thinking that any clinician and client would certainly appreciate, Speech4Good has made one’s spoken output visualizable using an oscilloscope, and provided a DAF for those interested in using the app for fluency activities.  Speech4Good may as well be one of the pioneering apps out there that is pushing for clients to exercise a greater role in their own intervention.
Price:  $29.99 
Weight3.5 MB
Updated: 4 November 2011
Version: 1.1
Compatible with: the iPhone (and iPod Touch) and iPad
Seller:  Jack McDermott of Balbus Speech, Inc. 2011
Target Population: adults and children
Awesome if you want to work on:
  • fluency
  • articulation 
  • narratives
  • any activity that requires verbal output
Customer Ratings (iTunes): no ratings yet as of this article’s date
iSPeak App says: 4 out of 5 smileys

(updated) Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals–ending SOON–on education and productivity apps!

‘Tis the season to rev up your download speeds because we’ve dug up some tempting app price drops and apps that have gone free! From our super-favorite Playhome to Tactus Therapy Solutions’ beautiful therapy apps to handwriting apps such as Notability to the STILL-FREE Toontastic (sweet!), here we present the very apps you’d want to have in your iDevice NOW (or gift to your friends and colleagues via the Apple App Store):

Note: Many of the descriptions were borrowed from the apps’ iTunes pages.

Education and Therapy Apps

  • Comprehension TherAppy:  A rare 20% off the regular price, we highly recommend this app and thus you must snap this up at $19.99.  Top up this app’s lexicon with verbs and adjectives at $2.99.
  • Naming TherAppy:  Read our review of this beautiful app.  Today with 20% of its regular price slashed, this one’s going for $19.99.
  • Writing TherAppy:  From $19.99, this app is being offered for $15.99 for a limited time only.  Read our review here.
  • Playhome:  a certified hit in majority of our therapists’ iDevices, this may be the best dolls house app for the iPad.  Our kids seem to love this app’s interactive build:  one can prepare breakfast for the characters, make them eat, brush their teeth, have them jump on the bed, even turn on the stove or pop a CD in the CD player.  Sale ending SOON!  From $2.99 to $1.99 for a full iPad version.
  • Factor Samurai:  working with your young client on factors?  A fan of Fruit Ninja or Veggie Samurai?  Slash factors using Factor Samurai, a great way to learn times tables.  One can play as the samurai whose sacred duty is to cut all the numbers down to their prime factors.  From $0.99 to FREE.
  • How-To-Draw (Full Version):  Listen, follow the instructions and draw on your screen. See how easy it is.  From $1.99 to FREE.  Now back to original price of $1.99.
  • Toontastic:  a creative learning tool that empowers kids to draw, animate, and share their own cartoons through imaginative play.  From $1.99 to FREE
  • Motion Math Zoom:  An animal adventure through the world of numbers!
    Give your child a chance to play with numbers – they’ll have a blast zooming through the number line as they master place value.
  • School A to Z:  the app brings together a wealth of resources to help parents to understand and support their child’s homework.  FREE
  • Kid Apps 13 in 1: Get 13 great educational apps for FREE with Kid Apps: 13 in 1. This application was designed with the help of parents just like you.  FREE
  • Sea Puzzle for Kids HD:  A collection of cute simple jigsaw puzzles for kids.  From $1.99 to FREE
  • iReading Animal Puzzle HD:  This is a children’s educational puzzle game. By searching and collecting animal puzzles, children are able to do puzzle games as well as learn knowledge about animals.  From $2.99 to FREE.
  • Six Score Counter:  While this may not be the most visually appealing app out there, it serves its purpose by keeping scores for 1-6 persons.  Especially useful in dyad or group sessions, particularly when your little clients get a tad bit competitive.  From $0.99 to FREE.
Productivity Apps
  • QuickOffice Pro HD (iPad) and QuickOffice Pro (iPhone/iPod Touch):  Create, Edit, & Share Microsoft® Office files with the #1 and most connected office suite for iPad. You can also open, edit & save SharePoint® files with SharePlus Pro app.  Also comes with an integrated file management solution with convenient access to multiple cloud service providers including MobileMe, Dropbox, Google® Docs, Box.net, Huddle and SugarSync.  From $11.99 to $7.99 (iPad) and from $7.99 to $4.99 (iPhone)… the biggest slash on this app YET!
  • TeacherPal:  TeacherPal is a personal organizer for the teacher. It enables the teacher to organize classes, and students. Its simple and intuitive interface enables teachers to track the attendance, grades and behavior of students.  FREE.
  • Scan to PDF:  This app allows you to obtain images of documents from your camera or image library and convert them into great looking multi-page PDF files. From $3.99 to FREE.  Now back to its original price of $3.99.
  • Notability:  This app supports all of your note-taking needs — handwriting, PDF annotation, word processing, and more work together seamlessly allowing you to create comprehensive, beautiful notes, quickly and simply.  From $2.99 to $0.99.
  • Pocket Informant HD:  an integrated calendaring and GTD®-based tasks solution for the iPad. This app has managed to bring together best-of-class calendaring with best-of-class tasks into one great solution. From $14.99 to $5.99.
  • NotifyMe (iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch):  Manage and create reminders with comfort on a big iPad screen, or make these reminders portable in your iPhone or iPod Touch. It’s easy, yet provides advanced reminder features. It syncs live via cloud with NotifyMe on iPhone and Mac, so your reminders are always with you wherever you are. When a reminder is due, the notification pops up on your iPad, iPhone or Mac (iPhone and Mac apps sold separately).  From $4.99 to $1.99 (iPad), and from $3.99 to $0.99 (iPhone/iPod Touch).
  • iWriter:  This app rather reminds us of OmmWriter.  iWriter is simple and elegant text editor, perfect for focused report-writing.  From $4.99 to $1.99. Now priced at $3.99.
  • Wikly – A Weekly Calendar for the iPad:  The name says it all.  And why should you, a speech-language pathologist need one?  Three words:  weekly client scheduling.  Enough said.  From $3.99 to $0.99.  Now back at $3.99.
  • Noteshelf:  The most beautiful note taking app ever designed for the iPad. Noteshelf is the handwriting note taker that features super natural digital ink, a stunning UI and a comprehensive toolset that will increase the benefits of owning an iPad by leaps and bounds.  From $4.99 to $0.99.
  • Slide To Do:  Hate it when you have to unlock your iPhone just so you can access your to-do list or your grocery list?  This app puts your task list directly on the Lock Screen.  From $1.99 to $0.99.
These deals are too good to ignore.  Some of these have already shed their sale/free statuses.  Get them now before they vanish!