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Early Intervention Speech Therapy

Articulation Therapy with the iPad

Published January 31, 2012 8:30 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Thank you to everyone who has been writing in over these past few weeks regarding the iPad apps and the many ways that the iPad can be used in speech therapy sessions. I love hearing your feedback and the various ways you are using these apps in your sessions!

This week I would like to share my next iPad passion, namely the full version of the ArtikPix app, which is currently listed at $29.99. This app has really breathed new life into my articulation sessions. The kids love it and so do I!

This app includes the following features:

  • "Flashcards" that are large and easy to see for each of the various phonemes: /p/, /m/, /b/, /n/, /d/, /t/, /j/, /s/, /s/ blends, /z/, /r/, /r/ blends, /l/, /l/ blends, /th/, /ch/, /sh/, /v/, /f/, /g/ and /k/. (See below for example of a "b" card)

 

  • Initial, medial, final consonant placement cards/pictures for each of the above phonemes (there is also a "shuffle" option, which allows you to challenge the more advanced student and keep everyone on their toes!)
  • When each picture appears the iPad says the word, modeling the speech. Just tap the picture to have the iPad repeat it.
  • Happy/sad face (please note in the bottom corners on the screen above). The happy face says "Yay!" and the sad face says "Awww," which is a fun option for the children if they're rating themselves. This feature also monitors how many yays and awwws are recorded and can be used for keeping data.
  • There is a microphone option on every picture so that the child can record their voice (and yours!) and then listen back. This is a wonderful confidence building tool for children who are just learning, and a great way to help more advanced students self-evaluate and listen to see if their speech is up to par.
  • There is a "Matching" game component that allows you to create easy, medium or hard level matching games using the targeted sound(s). (See screen below for an example of a "medium level" matching game with /f/ sounds.

 

  • Finally, this app allows you to record the names of your various students and keep track of their articulation scores!

Overall, I have found this app to be incredibly useful during my sessions. The children all enjoy it! They love swiping through the flashcards and listening to the device model the words. They also love playing the matching games and hearing their own voice on the iPad! In my opinion, the Artikpix app is definitely worth the price!

5 comments

ArticPix is great but I agreee, Articulation Station has proved to be a much higher quality app!  I love Articulation Station and don't even use ArticPix anymore!

Julie March 28, 2012 2:07 PM

I love ArticPix and my students do too! I use the memory game at the end of the session as a reward. My students also love the Yay/Aww. It must be a universal kid-pleaser!

Ann, Speech - SLP, Itinerant February 8, 2012 2:52 PM
Montgomery County PA

I really like Artikpix as well! I also like articulation station, however I have to use the volume purchase program through my work since they own the iPad that I use. If you use the VPP, you cannot download apps that have "in app" purchases, so I cannot download all of the sounds.

Leanne February 2, 2012 8:05 PM

I too love the ArtikPix app.  I don't use the data tracker on it because it's so easy for the kids in a group to hit the wrong button to try to mess up someone else's score or improve their own, and I have a data tracker app on my iPhone.  So I use it for the kids to give me their opinion of their production.  They love the" Yay!/Aww".

The kids love the app and request it.  We have used it at the word, carrier phrase, and sentence levels with great ease.  The kids also love that we take their pictures and put them on the screen and then they touch them to highlight them when it's their turn.

Lynda February 2, 2012 5:46 PM

Checkout Articulation Station...in my opinion, a MUCH better quality app than this one! Worth every penny!

Tawni Miller January 31, 2012 11:27 AM

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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