When I heard about the release of Apraxia Ville from Smarty Ears, I knew I just had to review it for all of you! From what I have seen so far, this seems like another fabulous Smarty Ears app.
The first thing you will see when you open Apraxia Ville is the fabulous farm front page. Most students love the farm theme, and this app definitely catches their attention.
There are two ways to use this app. The first way is Quick Play. This feature bypasses student profiles and allows you to select where you want to begin quickly. You can print a history report after the session, but you must print it (or share it) before exiting the app as Quick Play does not save the information under a specific profile. Therefore, it is best if you create student profiles.
To create a student profile, choose Select Player. You will be taken to this screen:
As you can see, I created myself! In this section you can add a new player, add a student's name, and add a photo and/or an avatar. Here is where you can also modify the word pool under the Settings portion. Take a look below:
You can select and deselect specific words that will be shown during the game play. This is nice if there are specific words on which you want your students to focus.
Here you can also add a custom word. You can add an image, the name of the image, determine the syllable structure (CV & VC or CVC), select specific phonemes, as well as select the word type (vowel or consonant). This feature is wonderful! Take a look below to see what I am talking about:
So once you are finished setting up your student profile and determining the words you would like the app to show, then you are ready to play. Now you can choose an activity - the sound windows (practice sound), the farm house (practice words at the farm house), and the words farm (practice sets of words). I'll show you specific examples of each activity.
The first activity I selected is the sound windows (or activity 1). This activity allows students to hear specific vowels and consonants in isolation and also provides a nice visual as to how the sound is produced.
One nice feature with this activity is you can take use the camera feature so that the students can watch themselves produce the phonemes in real time!
The second activity I selected is the farm house (activity 2). In this activity you determine whether you want your student to work on CV & VC syllables or CVC syllables. You also select specific sound groups that you want targeted including vowels. This is fabulous because many apraxia goals center on using unchanged vs. changed consonants and vowels. See the picture below for all of the options:
The activity itself showcases a farm house with the players shown across the top of the page. There are three boxes that the SLP can use to keep score. This is how I would use the boxes to keep score: green for independent, yellow for cued or prompted, and red for incorrect. There are also window cues to show how each sound is produced. You can change the window cues easily by selecting the consonant or vowel below the picture. This is what the activity looks like:
Finally, the last activity is the words farm (activity 3). This activity allows you to choose between showcasing two or three words at a time on the screen. For the simplicity of the demo, I chose two words.
You can change the phoneme as well as the syllable structure on that specific activity page which is nice for easy flipping. The play button allows you to hear the words spoken. You can also record the students' production of the words. Finally, there are boxes across the top of the page that allows you to keep score again.
Once the activity is finished and you have input some type of score, you will be taken to the reports and prizes page. Take a look below:
At this page you can see each students report as well as choose homework. The history report provides the date of the session, duration of the session, number of participants, the specific activity, the target phonemes, the syllable structure, and the accuracy broken down into correct, almost (cued for me), and missed. It also provides an overall percentage. This right here is such a lovely feature since this is exactly what Medicaid asks for when reporting student encounters.
The report also offers two choices: consonants and vowels. Here is where you can see a graph of the student's progress with specific consonants and vowels. Take a look at the example below:
I love how it is color-coded and is simple to read.
Finally, I will discuss the homework pages. This is a great feature! I know so many of us SLPs struggle with getting homework out on time and having to create homework specific for each student. This app allows you to create quick and easy homework pages. All you have to do is print them off!
The homework page allows you to select the specific phoneme and the syllable structure that you want your student to work on. Then it will generate a homework page for you. Take a look below at the example:
Obviously this picture doesn't show the whole homework page, but for most phonemes in most positions there are nine pictures displayed.
Sounds pretty great, huh? Overall, I would highly recommend this app to any SLPs working with students who have apraxia. There are so many wonderful features: homework pages, students being able to see their phoneme productions in real time, history reports, specific consonant and vowel progress graphs, being able to keep data, including customized words in the word list, and much more that I am sure I am forgetting!
Apraxia Ville can be found at the iTunes Store for $21.99. It is compatible with the iPad and requires iOS 5.0 or later.
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