Practice, Practice, Practice
Whether it be children with articulation and phonological difficulties, or those diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech, repetition is important. Word FLiPS offers just this.
Word FLiPS allows one to three repetitions of sound sequences which you create. The SLP chooses words according to syllable structure: CV, CVC, CVC or custom, and combinations are grouped by articulatory placement: Bilabial, Alveolar, Velar and Palatal. Furthermore, the SLP can also control if all words are accessed (including nonsense words), or only the suggested "real" words. Finally, sound combinations can be combined to create novel words such as "to-day."
I began by using this app with unintelligible children by having them repeat early sounds such as, "bow- bow- bow." As identical sound combinations were mastered, more complex sound strings such as, "boo-too-moo" or "toe-neigh-dough" can be created. The SLP can choose to keep the consonant or vowel identical for practice. (Audio models are provided for all syllables.)
The visuals presented offer some similarity to the Kaufman cards for those children who have been using them, and although we all love using them, tugging around two heavy boxes is not as convenient as toting the iPad. In our clients eyes, using the iPad is often seen as "play" and not "work," (which we all know not to be true) so they are often more engaged and willing to create multiple trials with Word FLiPS then when cards are presented.
Although a bit pricy at $29.99, the flexibility and control the SLP has over sound combinations makes it worth it. Data tracking is available for each syllable production, or for the entire string. (Data can be graphed, emailed, printed, or shared with caregivers.) Furthermore, the student's production can be recorded and played back for review.
If you are looking for an app to provide multiple opportunities for practice and grow as the children progress, this is the app for you.