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Speech Flipbooks app review & GIVEAWAY!

27 March 2013

I was SO excited when Tactus Therapy asked me to review their latest app-Speech Flipbooks! This came just in time for my school internship, and let me tell you, I use this one almost every day!
This app has so many customization features and SO many uses....hang on tight!

Set-up:
The above picture is the home screen. Feature # 1 that I love is that this app is very similar to flip books I made in university clinic for my articulation students. You can do almost everything you could with those inside this app-and a little more. The colored tabs help you chose/eliminate sounds you want included in your  flipbook. This feature is great for groups! I specifically love using it with my group of 1st graders who are at syllable level with different sounds...but more on that later.  The "flip by" sliding bar lets you flip by alphabet letters, or IPA transcriptions.

 These are your choices for initial consonants. If you want all of them included, don't do a thing. They come that way! If you only want a specific set, tap the tab again and select the ones you want. Here, I have selected all except for /s/ and /r/.  The set up is the same for all positions. Once you have all positions the way you want them, head back to the green tab (see first picture) and off you go!

 Use:
This is the inside of the flip book. Each sound is recorded and is played when touched. The text below says the entire word when touched. If you would like the word hidden, touch the book icon near the word and the text will disappear. (This can be permanently shut off in Settings.) The red button on the bottom left is a recording feature, which I have come to love in apps, especially when it comes to artic. When the word has been produced, swipe up or down in any of the positions (Initial, medial, or final) to go to the next sound. If tiny fingers sneak in and flip before it's time, simply swipe down to return to where you were.

Blank pages can be added in any position, which is great for my syllable level students I mentioned earlier. Here is what their screen looks like:
I never move the initial /r/ selection, but let them flip through the vowels as we go. Say goodbye to syllable webs!

Settings:

As if getting to completely customize your sound selection wasn't enough, this page (found under the gear icon on the first page) lets you customize everything else. Choose the case the letters are presented in, add in blank pages where you need them (like I do for my syllable level students), include or exclude nonsense words, or show or hide the word on the bottom of the page. "Links" turns off all links to the app store or internet that appear on the home page. I always have this setting to "off", or turn off the links, for safety sake. Flip effects can even be changed for students who may have sound or visual aversions. Finally you can edit the entire word list to include only words that you want to appear.

Sold yet?  Let's recap:
-Uses: Articulation at all levels, emerging readers, appraxia (hello vowel-only books!), phonological awareness (blending and segmentation),dyarthria, literacy.
-highly able to be customized
-PDF and Youtube walk-throughs available from the homescreen under the "i" icon that are extremely helpful
-Simple and effective enough for parents to download and practice on at home
-Affordable for families and therapists

Some features I'd like to see added:
-Increase the ease of use, or add on-screen prompts to walk through set-up. I had to spend a good amount of time with the videos to get the full gist of the app. Once I did, however, I was off and running!
-Individual student feature-the ability to not only keep data, but create and save books under profiles for easy "pick up where we left off"

Whew! If you made it all the way here, you deserve to know that you can pick up a copy of the app in the iTunes store...OR....enter below to win a copy! Giveaway ends April 1st. (no kidding.) Good luck!


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20 comments:

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  2. I would use it for establishing correct speech sound production in a variety of sound combinations, as well as for sound segmenting and blending for phonemic awareness.

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  3. I would you this invaluable app to extinguish my rainbow syllable drills in therapy. (Kids can still do that in their home program! What I love about this app--no spiral binders to break! Awesome!

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    1. Whoops! This really Genie Curti-Ruddle, not Justin, but I don't have time to change the account right now! When you live on an island you even share accounts. :D

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  4. I would use this with my younger caseload that work at the syllable level. I like that you can work at different levels and change between them quickly!

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  5. I could use this with my apraxia kiddos!

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  6. This app has been on my wishlist - I would use it with my kiddos with CAS for sure!

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  8. Apraxia, speech delay, final consonant deletion, the list goes on and on!

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  9. This would be awesome for my kids who still need to work on phonological awareness. I work with older kids and most apps are too "babyish" for them when working on PA skills.

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  10. This app is on my wishlist. I have a lot of artic kiddos that would love this app.

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  11. I would love it to work with my students with CAS as well as those with phonological processes.

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  12. I often use the Lindamood Bell Lips program with my students with phonological weaknesses and this would be the perfect app to practice switching/changing the sounds in words. It would also be great for my kids with apraxia or weak phonological skills. Blairhoffman@verizon.net

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    1. I would use it most often to support the Lips program.

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  13. I would work with my "reader" age kids who want to feel grown up but they also respond really well to "word/letter/grapheme" cues.

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  14. The comment above as "unknown" was posted by me, Jan Ward

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  15. i would use this app to work with my students who are working on blending and phonological processes

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  16. I would use it with my younger kiddos with CAS!

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  17. I think I can adapt this for most of my students. But will start with my kids with apraxia.

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