Note: There will be a lot of pictures in this post to best describe how the app works.
Once you open the application, you will see the scene pictured below.
It looks complicated at first, but I was able to figure it out in a few seconds.
Some general information:
- You can select up to 18 tokens for the student.
- You can create, save, and edit multiple boards.
- Upload up to two images per board (more on this later).
- You can choose from 17 tokens and 16 different backgrounds.
There are two ways that I found that I will be able to best use the application. The first way that I will discuss is a general token board for individual students.
General Token Board:
- Type the student's name at the top (where it says "Board Name").
- Select the "one picture" box.
- Then enter a picture of the student (yes, I used a picture of my cat). You will need to have this picture saved on your iPad camera roll or picture library already.
- Select the number of tokens (less is better for the younger students - I opt for around 5).
- Have the student select the specific token they want (more on this later in the review).
- Also, select a background (again, more on this later).
- Your finished token board for an individual student should look similar to below:
Once your token board is ready to go, make sure you go to "File" and "Save" to save that board. Then, press START!
This is what the token board will look like once you press START:
As the student behaves or completes a specific task, have him or her press the higher number.
Once you reach number 1, the tokens will spin and music will play. Also, note how the tokens are the same category (like I chose cupcakes), but they are different kinds of cupcakes.
Note the Reset button. Do you want to start over or use it a second time? Just press Reset and it will reset the token board so that the five numbers are showing again.
The second way to play is to have the student do "First.... Then". Students can pick their reward (like computer time, playing with playdough, playing a game, etc.), and the SLP would upload a picture of that reward to the iPad and into the token app. See the example below for more information.
- Make a name for the board - you can keep it general using "I want" or "I am working towards...", or you can make it more specific using "Playdough reward" or "Uno reward"
- Select the two pictures box (I don't know why the picture above shows 1 picture selected)
- Then type in the First box (It should say something like First speech, or First pronouns, or First work).
- Next type in the reward in the second box or the Then box (It should say something like Then playdough, or Then computer time, or Then a game).
- Upload pictures of each. Upload a picture for the First box and a picture for the Then box.
- This will take some time to import pictures of rewards onto your device. You will want to have a selection before using this in therapy.
- Select the number of tokens appropriate for the student, as well as the token and the background.
- Make sure you save the board, and then you're off! Press START!
There are some great pros to this application.
One thing I really love is the fact that you can customize the tokens. Students will love this because they will feel more in control. Check out the photo below to see some of the different tokens that the students can choose. Allow them to choose their own token. They will be more motivated to receive the token if they chose it!
Another great thing about this app is you can choose the background. This would be good if you know your students favorite color. Allow them to choose this as well!
See the variety of backgrounds? How great is that! I think there is every color of the rainbow and then some, so each student will be able to select a favorite.
Also, do you remember when I wrote that once the student receives all the tokens on board, music will play and the tokens will spin? Well, you can also select the music that will play! Look at the picture below to see the variety of musical tones that will play! One great thing is you can record your own music, so if you want to record your student singing, that would be a great motivator.
One HUGE pro for the application is the fact that you can record the First...Then information. See the picture below for an example of the recording. You don't have to use a separate recording app, you can record right on this app. It also saves your recordings for later use.
See how you can record?
Make sure you have the music button ON so that it will play when using the token board. See how in the picture above there is an X over the volume picture? Make sure there is not an X if you want the recording to play while using the token board.
The only thing I would like to see in a future update is the possibility to put more than one token board on the screen at a time. It's not hard to switch between boards, but it would be easier if the screen could showcase 2 boards at a time and then zoom in to one board when that board is selected.
This is such a great app! It's easy to use, and it's so fun! The graphics are wonderful, and the variety of token choices, backgrounds, and music is great. I think any school-aged student will love this token board. Think of all the time and money you will be saving on laminating, velcro, and printing pictures!
I don't think I could recommend a better app for the price. I can see this app working for a variety of students in a variety of settings. It would also work great for any child (not just speech and language students) that would benefit from a token system.
The Token Board can be purchased from the iTunes App store for $1.99.
Disclaimer: Zorten provided Let's Talk SLP with a free copy of this application. Let's Talk SLP was also provided with two application codes to give away to two lucky followers. No other compensation was provided. The ideas and opinions presented above are solely mine. Also, the pictures above showcase "Let's Talk SLP" along with the blog link. This is not a part of the application itself but something that I put on the picture to showcase that this review was written by me.
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