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Multiple Choice Articulation - She Says

Published December 10, 2012 8:02 AM by Megan Sutton
Editor's Note: Last week, Jeremy gave high praise to Multiple Choice Articulation for school-aged children. Today, read what Megan thinks of the app, then leave a comment. A comment will be chosen at random for a lucky SLP to receive this app for FREE! 

Recent research is suggesting increased efficacy of therapy when using pictures and stimuli that are atypical or unusual. When seeing or hearing the unexpected, or "silly" things, the brain has to work a little bit harder to process the information and figure out what's going on. It also takes more language to explain it. Someone who really understands the power of silly is app developer and SLP Erik X. Raj.

Mr. Raj displays his enthusiasm, imagination, and motivational talents on his blog, in his videos, and through his apps. His latest app is called Multiple Choice Articulation, a universal app for iOS priced at $9.99. This app extends articulation therapy on the iPad from the word to story levels found in many apps to the level of spontaneous speech. Taking seven of the most frequently misarticulated sounds in English (s, z, r, l, sh, ch, th, and their blends), this app asks more than 500 creative questions using these sounds in initial, medial, and final positions.  

 

Each question can be read from the screen or heard by pressing the "Hear the Question" button. The target sounds are underlined in bolded words, with extra emphasis placed on the sound in the audio clip. Each question forces a choice (hence the title of the app) between two options and asks for an explanation.  The answer should naturally contain at least one word with the target sound.  Both making the choice and explaining the rationale are intended to target language goals as well as speech.  As an added bonus, the app includes a well-organized response as a model for the user. The info screen is also worth reading for several therapy ideas and a taste of Mr. Raj's personality.

App navigation is simple: each screen contains only 5 buttons - forward and back, hear the question or the answer, and return to the home screen. There is no scoring in this app, no user profiles, and no group mode; it simply provides interesting stimuli to take articulation therapy to the next step on the hierarchy before full generalization to spontaneous speech. There is nothing childish about the design (intended for ages 6 and up), though many questions do assume the user attends school.  Some questions are silly, some are gross, and some are quite practical. I appreciate that you can easily skip past questions that aren't appropriate for the client, whether due to age, vocabulary, or subject matter. Don't shy away from the gross, outrageous, or bizarre ones though - these are the questions that really get the brain working! Sure, I know I prefer non-itchy clothes to itchy ones, but having to choose between itchy pants or an itchy sweater? Now I'll have to think!

There are a lot of stimuli packed into this deceptively simple app. Use the audio clips of the question and answer to have the client count instances of the target sound. Use the questions as language or cognitive probes, even when articulation isn't a goal. You can also use the printed questions as added oral reading practice for fluency, aphasia, or sentence-level non-spontaneous articulation practice. The $10 price tag for Multiple Choice Articulation may seem a bit high for a single level of articulation practice with just 7 sounds and no scoring or groups, but with over 2.5 hours of audio, 500 questions, and so many therapy uses, this app will certainly prove useful for all ages and a variety of communication goals. I am excited to try it with adults with dysarthria, aphasia, and cognitive-communication goals and either skip or adjust the school-themed questions. If you work with children, it should work perfectly as-is.

Erik has provided a FREE copy to give away to one lucky reader who comments on this post.

What are your thoughts? How would you use it? Does your experience support that zanier stimuli elicit more thought and language?

posted by Megan Sutton

77 comments

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Hi Megan,

I really enjoyed reading about this app and for a student that is

getting ready to graduate, I need all the help that I can get.  I would love to win this app for free!  This would be so AWESOME!!

I can't wait to do what I love as a career!!!  

Jo Ann, Clinical II - SLP Student, Richard Stockton College March 8, 2013 6:50 PM
Galloway NJ

Congratulations to Meghan from Winnetka! You won! Your code has been emailed.

Megan Sutton December 18, 2012 10:01 PM

I am always looking for carryover activities, plus children often have trouble generating extended responses. I would like to look more closely at this app.

Joyce, , Speech Pathologist School December 16, 2012 5:56 PM
Accident MD

Have finally bought myself an IPAD and in need of apps for both adults and children. This one sounds perfect!

Sharon , speech pathology - speech pathologist December 15, 2012 11:36 PM
Chappaqua NY

great!!!

lora December 15, 2012 11:19 AM

I could see this being useful.

Laurie, Speech and Language - M.S., CCC-SLP, Public School December 14, 2012 10:42 AM
Lowell MA

I'm always looking for fun and unique materials to use with my students.  They love the iPad and silly fun; I love the usefulness and the combination of artic and language therapy!

Terri, Schools - SLP December 13, 2012 11:52 PM
Larned KS

I love the idea of extending the multiple choice response chosen to a level  also requiring the client to justify/explain their response!! In recent years so much of our state's ELA and Math  standards have focused on increased use of language to explain and problem solve so this feature supports this wonderfully ! I also am so pleased to see the audio component forany  nonreading populations.

Kathleen Millier, , Speech Pathologists Newfield Schools December 13, 2012 9:20 PM
Newfield NY

I really like the idea of combining the language component with the artic.  This will also help us with curriculum based standards. Looks great.

Lisa, , SLP School December 13, 2012 8:58 PM
Murrieta CA

I would love to have this app for my older students! It looks like a fun way to target carryover of sounds!

Tara, Private Practice - CCC-SLP, PipSqueak Speech Therapy December 13, 2012 8:28 PM
Franklin TN

This app looks appropriate for my older students, who not only need a new pathway to increased intelligibility, but also my kids that need opportunities to make inferences and answer the higher level questions.  Speech & language indeed!

Jan, SLP December 13, 2012 8:23 PM
Everett WA

Looks like a fun way to provide reinforcement of stimuli.

Amy, SLP December 13, 2012 5:44 PM
FL

Love how this app will work for lots of different populations! Looks awesome!

Steph E December 13, 2012 5:08 PM

This App sounds like just what I need for my 4th and 5th graders who are  working on carryover.  With this age I find that the sillier the more they are engaged.  I will definitely look into it further

Cheryl Leonard Leonard, Education - SLP, Elementary school December 13, 2012 4:06 PM
Charleston SC

This looks like a useful and motivational app to use with my students.

Jo Ellen Ryan, SLP December 13, 2012 3:00 PM
High Point NC

Love the creative design ideas to engage the children in higher level thinking and reasoning tasks while addressing their articulation skills.  It will be a welcome change from the standard sentences and topics used as the child moves beyond the word and phrase levels.  I am anxious to own this app!

Christy, Speech Pathology - SLP, Elementary School December 13, 2012 1:48 PM
Bandera TX

This app sounds like a great way to address articulation skills at the conversational level.

MaryBeth, SLP December 13, 2012 12:56 PM
Elizabeth City NC

I think my kids will enjoy using this app to generate spontaneous speech samples.

Kacy , SLP December 13, 2012 12:46 PM
Greensboro NC

This app would be of benefit because there are multiple ways to engage a student.  Articulation drill is imbedded in a variety of activities--that is always good.

debbie, , SLP FT Worth ISD December 13, 2012 12:34 PM
Ft Worth TX

I love using thought provoking questions to target structured speech with my students.  I think it challenges them to think outside the box.  Using an iPad to provide these questions is very motivating for students.  This would be a wonderful addition to the apps that I currently use.

Jen, Schools - SLP, Fairview Elementary December 13, 2012 12:04 PM
Plymouth WI

This app sounds interesting and fun.  I would love to try it with my students.  Thanks for the information.  

Deborah, , SLP Elementary School December 13, 2012 11:59 AM

My full time job is in an elementary school setting but I also do PRN work in local nursing homes.  I think this app would be great for both settings. My school aged groups are mixed with both articulation and language students, so I would be able to use the app for all the students in the group.  It seems like it would be a beneficial app and generalize for a variety of needs, not just articulation.

Rose Palombo, SLP December 13, 2012 11:27 AM
Middletown DE

This app sounds wonderful.  I work with middle school and high school students and most articulation apps are geared toward younger students.  This would be a great app to use with older students to keep them engaged and work on language and articulation skills.

Traci, Speech language pathology - SLP, MOISD December 13, 2012 11:23 AM
Big Rapids MI

Any app that makes kids think a little harder sounds great to me.

Julie Zellner, SCHOOL - SLP December 13, 2012 11:12 AM
SOuthington CT

This app sounds fantastic - a great way to get students involved, interested, and working on carryover.  I just love things like this!

meghan, , SLP Winnetka Public Schools December 13, 2012 11:10 AM
Winnetka

I like that several sounds are included and the price actually seems reasonable. This looks like it is easy to use. The approach to spontaneous speech is unique. Younger students can answer by hearing the question, and the reading aspect is quite useful too. So many apps are pictures only, so I like the uniqueness of this one.

Sandy, preK-grade 6 - SLP, school December 13, 2012 11:00 AM
Warsaw IN

This is sounds like an app kids will enjoy. They already love using technology and they love to play silly games so combining the two in a way geared towards speech and language sounds great. Thanks for sharing!

Kristen, SLP December 13, 2012 10:27 AM
IN

I love the long term goal being kept in mind of starting with words but going to the paragraph level. Also, that higher level thinking is involved by utilizing questions with expected explanations. Also think that the author recognized that this one app can have multiple uses and achieve multiple goals making it useful to a variety of populations.

Joan, , Speech Pathologist Elementary School December 13, 2012 10:21 AM
Immokalee FL

I find the research about silly/unusual responses interesting. I'll be looking into it further. In the mean time, this app looks great for that difficult bridge from structured to unstructred activities. Thanks

Mary, education - SLP, Winona Area Public Schools December 13, 2012 10:19 AM
Winona MN

There is a real need for a carryover app.  Thanks for giving one away.  Perhaps more sounds can be added in the future.

barb, SLP December 13, 2012 10:01 AM
HI

This could be really great for not only my little ones but my 6 -12!

I can envision not only articulation but sentence structure, answering questions correctly, categories, opposites, thinking, etc.  - a myriad of ways to go!  This could be awesome!

lynn , k-12 - slp, k-12 December 13, 2012 10:00 AM
louisville KY

This looks a great, different addition to my artic apps!

Rebekah, SLP December 13, 2012 9:55 AM

This app sounds really interesting.  I think this would be great for some of our adolescent kids who have both artic and lang problems. At that age it is really hard keeping them interested not only in coming to therapy but also participating.  But introducing something that challenges them with funny, quirky and sometimes "gross" questions, topics?  Oh boy! Sounds interesting to me!

Jenna, Speech therapy - Milestones Therapeutic Associates December 13, 2012 9:55 AM
McAllen TX

This sounds great!  I use a Would You Rather? game that sounds very similar.  It's great for students who are at the higher levels for artic.  Also good for some language students.  

Sheryl, Speech/Language Pathologist December 13, 2012 9:54 AM
Valparaiso IN

This app sounds like so much fun! A great way to get kids thinking and practicing their speech.

ann, slp December 13, 2012 9:52 AM
Fort Washington PA

This sounds like something I've needed for a while!

Arleta Kersh, , SLP Valley Springs Elementary December 13, 2012 9:45 AM
Harrison AR

The fun and unexpected are ALWAYS best tools for working with kids. Can't wait to get a "taste of Mr. Raj's personality" :-)

Karen, Education - SLP, School District December 13, 2012 9:41 AM
San Diego CA

This sounds like a wonderful app. I've never heard about the use of bizarre content getting the brain to work harder, but it sure makes sense! This would be beneficial in working with the kiddos at my elementary school for more creative thought processing.

Ashley, , SLP k-5 elementary December 13, 2012 9:36 AM
Laurel MS

What an interesting way to work on what can be a humdrum thing after a while.  I think the older kids will be very excited to use this APP.

Carol, School - SLP, Intermediate Sch December 13, 2012 9:36 AM
Corpus Christi TX

This app looks like just what I might need to carry the therapy to the next level.

fran, communication disorders - speech-language pathologist, school December 13, 2012 9:34 AM
downey CA

Thank you for creating an app that can be used in therapy with the most common target sounds.  I hope I win this free app.

lisa, , SLP school December 13, 2012 9:27 AM
Deltona FL

I am new to the world of iPads and apps but am anxious to jump on the bandwagon.  This sounds like a great product and would love to try it.

Marybeth, Speech-Language - SLP December 13, 2012 9:24 AM

I am very excited about the flexability of this app.  I work so much with questions, as I feel this supports success in the general education curriculum and reinforces confidence for my students to interact in the classroom.  I am also excited about the sillyness of some or the content, because that is always so reinforcing to students, and causes them to expand their responses and engage in a more natural way.  This sounds great!

carol, SLP December 13, 2012 9:17 AM
Mansfield OH

This app sounds similar to "Artic Questions" by Pocket SLP. Materials that target articulation at the carry-over/connected speech level are hard to come by!

Gillian DiMarzio December 13, 2012 9:12 AM

I appreciate the information about this app. I have been disappointed so often when purchasing the 'cheaper' apps, to find that they were not at all what I was expecting, so to hear about an app that has this potential is refreshing!

Donna, S/L - speech/language pathologist, elementary school December 13, 2012 8:57 AM
Middletown PA

Seems like this app, though designed for articulation, could also be used for language, fluency, as a format to address grammar...wish I had thought of it.

Linda, SLP - SLP, Catskill CSD December 13, 2012 8:54 AM
Athens NY

Thanks--looking forward to using it!!

Janet Rossi, SLP December 13, 2012 8:46 AM
Little Rock AR

It sounds like lots of fun!! Almost all of my kids are speech sound kids this year and they are getting tired of the same old apps every day!! I'd sure love to try it!!

Penny Walker, Speech Language Pathologist December 13, 2012 8:43 AM
Rapid City SD

It sounds like this app offers activities that are different and interesting for my students.

Gail SLP December 13, 2012 8:36 AM
KY

I like that this app goes from words to carryover.  I don't have many apps for my articulation kids yet.  Would really like to have this one.

Beth Garrett December 13, 2012 8:23 AM

I use the paper version of this on the Whiteboard and the students really enjoy it! It ties in with the critical thinking skills of the general education curriculum.

DAK Edwards, SLP December 13, 2012 8:02 AM
Virginia Beach VA

This app may be a great way to promote a child's motivation and interest in performing his/her best as well as encourage the carry-over of sound production in a more naturalistic manner.

Helena, , SLP school December 13, 2012 7:58 AM
Wilbraham MA

As a speech pathologist, I find this app very neat and grounded on good theoreticals. I want a copy please!

Howell, Speech Pathologist December 13, 2012 7:52 AM

This app looks like one my students would love!  Getting them engaged in the questions, helps me see if the sounds have generalized, or not. Getting out of the regular drill work and making therapy interesting again for them.

Diane , , SLP Dexter School December 13, 2012 7:39 AM
Evansville IN

I like the idea that it targets some of the normal sounds we think of kids being able to make.  I work with Navajo children and some of these are really hard for them.  They love it when I bring the IPad with me or else they ask if we're going to do the IPad today.  It's a great way to keep them ALL engaged in what we're doing.  I make sure to have everyone say the target sounds, even if it isn't their sound.  I always tell my kids that "we are going to be silly together" and they love that I participate with them.  Let's them know that I'm not picking them out of the group individually.  

Ann Patton, K-8 - SLP, School December 13, 2012 7:26 AM
Thoreau NM

This looks like it would be fun for my Elementary school kiddos and would be great for mixed artic/language groups!

Leah December 13, 2012 12:33 AM

The more engaged a student is with an activity the more progress I see. The silly and fun activities keep all of us entertained and learning! So this app fits my style to a T..I mean to an /s, z,r,l,ch,sh,th/.

Cindy Meester, SLP December 12, 2012 10:35 AM
Plymouth MN

It is always so difficult to work on Artic with older children. This looks like such a fun App for them Would LoVe it.

Nikki Heyman, Speech Pathology - Mrs, Private December 12, 2012 2:49 AM
Johannesburg

cant hardly wait to try this.

trina thompson December 11, 2012 9:02 PM
MO

I am just beginning to learn all of the apps available to help people with various speech disorders.  I have a 6 year old foster youth in my care whose speech is at the level of a 2 year old.  I would love to get this for her ST, as a fun game to help her "learn" proper articulation, when she "thinks" she is just playing a game!

Teresa December 10, 2012 9:08 PM
Bowling Green OH

I like the simple design. I would be nice it incorporated some simple images to make it more appealing to the younger artic kiddos on my caseload, but I could see my older kiddos working with this just fine. It's an interesting idea for artic therapy; I'd love to test it out on my kiddos!

Kristyn December 10, 2012 8:11 PM
MA

I agree - the crazy, silly stimuli not only help elicit more (and richer) thought and language, but also seem to help create stronger pathways to remembering and using newly learned information later.  It also helps with interest/motivation!

Cassandra, SLP December 10, 2012 8:01 PM
WA

This seems perfect for my older students working on carryover. When they're reading long paragraphs, or I can't predict or plan exactly what they're going to say, it's hard to get a long of productions in one session. Being able to chose the sound while being a fun "argument" among players, is a great way to work on generalization!

Denise, , Speech language pathologist Elementary school December 10, 2012 7:47 PM
Fairfax VA

Just jumping from SNF work to prn in a school setting.  Sounds like this could work in my "tool bag"

Jaclyn Gulasy December 10, 2012 7:11 PM
Westerville OH

This app seems like it would be perfect for my middle schoolers who are working toward generalization to spontaneous speech.  The icky topics are a bonus!

Patti Tillman, SLP - SLP, school December 10, 2012 7:08 PM
Thomson GA

A very engaging app, and looks great for upper elementary!! Super for practicing carryover in spontaneous speech; not many apps directed toward that goal.

Enid,Enid Feinberg,Feinberg, , Speech/language Therapist public school,public school December 10, 2012 7:05 PM
Livingston,Livingston NJ

This looks like a fun and silly way to work on sounds!

Meryl December 10, 2012 7:03 PM
FL

Looks like a great way to promote carryover! Something we school-based SLPs always strive for!

Valerie Lill December 10, 2012 6:46 PM

I see application of the app (how redundant) as a social conversation starter with  students on the spectrum. I also believe that it could apply to Hearing impaired students or those with language delays especially if there are absurdities or incongruities.

Kathi, Early intervention - SLP, Berrien resa December 10, 2012 5:55 PM
St joseph MI

This app looks like a great way to keep kiddos interested in practicing their sounds once they are into conversational speech! I can't wait to try this app!

Jacqueline, Speech therapy - SLP, School setting December 10, 2012 4:32 PM
Galena, Ohio OH

Wompnderful materials for age 6 and up - articulation carryover.  I especially like this for upper elementary through middle school and beyond.  A great tool for fluency or language processing as well!

Debbie Thornhill, Speech Language Path - SLP, LAUSD December 10, 2012 3:48 PM
Los Angeles CA

I love this! It would be great to have a new way to practice spontaneous productions with questions that keep students engaged!

Colby, School - Speech-Language Pathologist, Harmon Elementary December 10, 2012 3:31 PM
Columbus OH

I love more ideas for spontaneous speech practice!

Andrea, Pediatrics - SLP December 10, 2012 2:17 PM
CA

Interesting idea. I'd love to try it. When practicing spontaneous productions, I have the kids create silly tongue twisters using their target sounds.

Christine, SLP December 10, 2012 1:43 PM
MI

I appreciate the design and usefulness of this app and look forward to trying it out with the adult population at our University clinic.  I would even be interested in using this app in a research project about the effectiveness of apps for adults.

Valery Yura , SLP - Adjunct Prof., LaSalle U December 10, 2012 11:08 AM
Philadelphia PA

Wow! Great app for speech and language kiddos. Love it!

Stephanie Holl December 10, 2012 9:18 AM

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