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!

Articulate It! receives a major update! Join the giveaway to experience it for FREE

Articulate ItSmarty Ears Apps had recently given one of their highly successful apps, Articulate It! a major makeover.  Articulate It! was designed to help speech-language pathologists, teachers, even parents work on children’s articulation and phonological skills.  Packing a hefty weight of 1000 images, one can use the app to target the production of English consonant sounds.

We updated our copy of Articulate It! and after starting it up, we were greeted with a brand new startup screen.  Love the new dinosaur mascot.  Love the new colours!  We could almost imagine how this new look would pop out in Retina screens (we used our trusty iPad 2).Articulate It 1

Here are the update’s highlights:

  • the Reports screen received a new look, and our kid clients’ profiles were retained including data on past activities, dates of practice, and accuracy ratings.
  • the Select Player screen likewise has a cleaner, fresher look.  We tried to import players from Smarty Ears’ Therapy Report Center, and since we haven’t gotten the app yet, we were prompted to download it right away.
  • after tapping on Quick Play, we were treated to four NEW choices
    • Phonemes:  select which phonemes we would like to work on (including /r, l, s/ clusters)
    • Phonological Processes:  one can opt to start the activity by being more specific and target specific phonological processes
    • Manner of Articulation:  choose your mix:  plosives?  liquids? fricatives?
    • Number of Syllables:  filter the words you want included in the activity by syllable.  You can choose between 1 to 4 syllablesArticulate It 2
  • when the activity started, we were chuffed to know that the app now has THREE levels of practice:
    • Words
    • Phrases
    • Sentences
  • images appear to have been refreshed
  • interface received a facelift:  the main part of the screen is flipbook in style, with other options set in a taskbar at the left of the screen.  One can opt to take notes, or rotate the picture in four ways (that way, you can opt to have your taskbar oriented to where you are positioned in relation to the iPad).
  • report format was redesigned:  nice big letters, with buttons to allow the user to view notes made, what words were used for that specific activity, and to play back any recordings that were taken.Articulate It 3

Just so they can let everyone know Articulate It’s new features, Smarty Ears is giving away a FREE copy.  If you think you’re curious enough to win one, join the contest via Rafflecopter (see below) and follow the instructions on how you can have a chance at snapping up a promo code for Articulate It!

Price:  $ 38.99
Weight: 343 MB
Updated:  11 April 2013
Version: 3.2
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad.  Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Target Population: children
Awesome if you want to work on:
  • apraxia
  • articulation
  • phonology
  • naming

Customer Ratings (iTunes): 4 out of 5 stars                                                              iSPeak App says: 4 out of 5 smileys

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Discounted / Free apps in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day 2013!

imagesApril 2 is World Autism Awareness Day!  Times like these, beautiful apps go LOW or go FREE.  Some of these are in reduced prices / are free only from April 1-3, 2013.  Check out which apps are these: 

We will be updating this list as sale information comes in.  Bookmark us and make sure to keep on checking back this week!

Christmas season means giveaways from Tactus Therapy!

Tactus Therapy Solutions, the makers of the apps we reviewed such as Comprehension TherAppy, Naming TherAppy, Writing TherAppy, Reading TherAppy, Visual Attention TherAppySpaced Retrieval TherAppy and Category TherAppy (review coming soon!) is going to sprinkle your Christmas season with giveaways right in their Facebook page.  From December 6 to 21, a day-long app contest featuring free apps will be announced at 4:00 pm PST.  Codes will be given away to followers who “like” their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, answer a question, or write a review.  If you want a chance to win one (or more!) of their beautiful apps, zip by their Facebook page and keep joining until the 21st.  

Remember that all their apps are compatible with iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch). Sign up for their newsletter if you want to be updated as to when they will be releasing Android- / Windows-compatible versions.

(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!

FREE over the weekend: i See-Quence apps

We’ve struck gold in the land of free apps!

The developers of I Get It, LLC announced via Twitter that they’re offering their collection of i See-quence apps for FREE over the weekend.  Why should you get these apps?  Because of three S-words plus one C-word:  

Sequencing Social Stories…CUSTOMIZABLE.

We’re going to make our review on this really short and sweet:

  • each app comes with 36 pre-made icons and 21 user-made icons to choose from and include in the set to be sequenced
  • photos are all real life photos
  • audio clips can be added to each photo
  • each storyline can be customized and adjusted depending on the target difficulty level
  • personalized photos may be added
  • checkmarks can be used to mark completed tasks
There are six i See-quence apps to choose from, all compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch, and can also be used on the iPad. Click on the links below:
Check out their video for help on how to set up each app.

Each app is between 6.5 to 8 mb in size.  Time to clean up your iDevice and free up some space!

 

Games with Purpose 3: Ah Up and Ah Up Planet have gone FREE (again)!

Spread the word:  Our favorite vocal intensity app, Ah Up,  has again gone FREE!  Not only that, it brought along a little brother:  Ah Up Planet.

The last time we raised the “free” flag, we were a tad too late:  Ah Up had gone back to its $0.99 price status.  Today however, you have not one, but TWO Ah Up apps, and you can’t go wrong in downloading one or the other.  Both apps are originally for the iPhone and iPod Touch, but can be run on the iPad with the graphics blown up.  Both of them are beautifully voice-activated and accelerometer-controlled.  Ah Up Planet takes your rocket off a space station platform (we assume the platform is attached to a space station) and straight up into space to gather stars and to run into satellites and other obstacles.  Level up to other planets and discover where your (or your kid client’s) breath capacity and big vocal intensity will take you.

Read our review on the original Ah Up.

Can we have a similar app for adults, say, for those with Parkinson’s disease?  Calling the app developers!

Discounted apps! Fire up your iOS device and grab these deals

 

The school year in the U.S. is just about to start and this is the perfect time to load up on apps that you can use at work!  We rarely get app discounts and freebies in the SpEd and speech-language therapy worlds, so grab the following apps as soon as you can.  NOTE:  Some apps have been by default free, but we all LOVE lists, so here it goes:

 

 

For a more complete list, go to the Technology in (Spl) Education site.  Happy downloading!

 

FlexPlayer plays several video formats…no conversion needed

There are a lot of video formats out there that it is easy to forget which formats are accepted by which player.  It’s easy enough to play any video format on a PC or a Mac using VLC Media Player, and for a brief moment in the past, there was a VLC app for our iOS devices.  Unfortunately, Apple pulled it off the App Store late last year, leaving many of us, well, sad.

Apparently FlexPlayer has been in the App Store for some time now, and according to users’ feedback, it is a good alternative to the VLC Media Player app.  Available as a universal application (we LOVE universal apps), FlexPlayer is said to support several video formats of:

  • Up to HD quality (1280 x 720 pixels) for QuickTime media files (mp4, mov, m4v)
  • Up to DV quality (720 x 576 pixels) for other media files (avi, divx, xvid, vob, …)

Users have commented that FlexPlayer does NOT lag at all with 720p .flv video formats (!) Unfortunately, it does not play 1080p .flv, possibly due to our present iOS devices’ hardware restrictions.  There have been reports that while FlexPlayer does play .mkv files, there is significant lag on both 720p and 1080p.

Still, if you are in need of a video player app that can play several video formats, check FlexPlayer out.  It’s FREE after all.  If any of you would like to recommend VLC-ish video player apps, post a comment here and help us out in the hunt.

  • FlexPlayer:  FREE
  • Updated: Aug 10, 2011
  • Current Version: 1.1
  • 1.1
  • Size: 8.6 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Persona Software, LLC
  • © 2011 Persona Software, LLC

A collection of ‘Spot the Difference’ apps for facilitating visual attention

Most apps on the app stores have significant therapeutic use.  As long as you know what skills you want to target, a few minutes of surfing in app stores usually yield a handful of apps.  We have come up with such a handful for those who wish to work on visual attention, especially attention to picture details. These are:

*features real pictures, some in HD

All of these apps are compatible across iDevices.  Some are universal, too.  The difficulty levels each app features vary greatly:  some require heightened levels of focus and attention to small details, others are kinder–so to speak.  Since all of these featured apps are free (some of them give you the option to buy to get more activities and/or to get rid of ads), it can be to your advantage if you download a few and try them out for yourself.