Step right up and try your luck at this lively game show themed app, Describe It to Me, which addresses receptive and expressive vocabulary skills for functional objects. I love how the developers at Smarty Ears continually create fun speech and language apps surrounding a theme and this one is sure to please many youngsters working on vocabulary development. Like most Smarty Ears apps, you can select as few as one or as many as five players to answer either multiple choice receptive questions or open-ended expressive ones. There are six different types of questions that can be chosen during gameplay simply by tapping the icon on any of the following: category, function, parts, location, visuals, and extras. The final one, extras, includes a variety of questions that address fun facts and general knowledge about objects. All questions are displayed along with clear, crisp actual photo images of target vocabulary. Earn points for visual rewards by responding accurately to questions. All information is stored in a report card section for each player and you can also find homework sheets for carryover practice that includes the visuals from this game!
Since it is summertime and many of my private preschool clients are far too young for this app, I gave it a try with our seven years old. While most of the questions were relatively easy for him, he was challenged by a couple in the “extras” domain. Based on my trial run with a soon to be, typically developing the second grader, I would imagine that this app would best suit youngsters in kindergarten through second grade. The developers do attest that Describe it to Me is also appropriate for an adult population; however, I personally feel that the graphics cater more to a younger crowd.
Take a look at what the developers have to say about this app:
•Over 160 high-quality pictures
•Receptive and Expressive Language skills
•Data Collection over time for each student
•Compatibility with Therapy Report Center for easy report writing and progress monitoring
About the Author
Nanette Cote, MA, CCC-SLP has her own speech-language practice, Therapediatrics. She is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist in Naperville, Illinois who was has been practicing Speech Pathology for close to two decades. Her blog, speech2me, was named one of the top Speech-Language blogs for 2012. For more information about this practitioner, please visit speech2me Blog or Facebook