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Early Intervention Speech Therapy

The Free APP Every SLP Needs!

Published August 22, 2014 12:39 PM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Today I met with an SLP who specializes in Assistive Technology and does consultative work for the Birth to 3 population in our county. She was a wealth of information, and I learned a ton of new techniques that I can use and expand with the young child and family we met with today, as well as other children I work with in both 0-3 and 3-5. One of the most remarkable new resources I learned about today was an app called: Choice Board Creator. 

Choice Board Creator is a free app perfect "for creating customizable choice boards for the unique needs of individuals with communication challenges. It reinforces correct choice by expanding the select image as well as playing the customized auditory rewards. It is an excellent tool to train and prepare users for more sophisticated communication devices via an easy, simple-to-use choice-making platform."

 Here is a list of just some of the valuable features of this app:

  • Large buttons
  • Black/white contrast to facilitate visual attention
  • Box sizes are adjustable
  • Customizable so that you can have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 boxes per page. Below is an example of a 6 box screen as well as the pop-up directions box that can be accessed to customize your boards (insert picture).
  • Users can download their own pictures (from your iPad library) as well as snap camera pictures on the spot - both are simple and require few steps
  • Users can create blank boxes as distractors to suit users of all levels
  • Users can also type text into the choice box - use this feature to teach sight words, etc.
  • Users can download different sounds, their own music, as well as their own voice to accompany pictures

Below is an example of a three picture boards I created in about 2 minutes in my living room. I used the camera button and snapped pictures of three items and placed them into each box. If I were to use this in therapy I would record my voice naming each picture:  duck, pizza, glasses. When you touch the picture, my voice would be heard naming it.  A set-up like this can easily be used for picture/curriculum vocabulary identification, function, etc. (ie. "Find the duck." Or "Touch the object that helps you to see," etc.)

I am VERY excited about this app! A program like this will be very instrumental during the school year when conducting my language-based recipe lessons. I will now be able to snap pictures of the ingredients on site, as well as actions and steps taken to create the recipe. The possibilities are endless! As the app site description says "The possibilities are (ONLY) limited by your creativity." Good luck!

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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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