Articulation Therapy with the iPad
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"
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
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!