Have you been looking or waiting for a comprehensive asking and answering questions app?
Question Therappy, by Tactus Therapy Solutions is a 2-in-1 app which means it has two areas of question practice; Asking Therappy and Answering Therappy. Tactus has done a remarkable job with this app and the outstanding customizing ability for both areas. There is so much available within each section that they truly could be stand-alone apps; however, ASKING and ANSWERING go together just like peanut butter and jelly!
Investigate provides WH question practice by providing a statement and buttons displaying Who, What, Where, When and Why that will help make the connection with the “WH” question word that will get them the information they need.
A general statement appears and each press of the WH question word brings an addition to the statement, which will be underlined, in the corresponding color. What I love about this area is that it is color-coded using the Fitzgerald Color Coding Key and should be familiar to many AAC users. After the question buttons have been pressed another activity allows for matching the WH question word to the specific part of the statement. This is truly a practice area is not a scoring or data collecting section.
The YES/NO and WH questions within Asking Therappy provide activities that can be scored. The YES/NO activity provides a bit of information and then prompts the student/client to ask a question to get the information needed. WH questions activity provides a statement with missing information and then the user must figure out which question will get them the missing piece of information. Both of these areas provide receptive and expressive modes as well as a ‘generator’ that aligns parts to form a complete question. The settings are one of the most amazing features of this app and allow for customizing to any user’s ability.
Question Spinner gives the user the opportunity to create YES/NO questions or WH questions by aligning the parts of the spinner to create the question. The words are intended to be key words only for the question. For example, “is birthday” can be selected and the intention is for the adult support (teacher/therapist) to provide guidance for verbal or written language; “When is your birthday?” or “What did you get for your birthday?”
ANSWERING THERAPPY has two areas, YES/NO and WH Questions, where the user can learn and comprehend the art and skill of asking questions. Both areas allow for expressive and receptive modes for responses with cuing and extensive customizing ability are available, as well as an audio recording feature. Press the ‘hint’ button to get a prompt (cue); “what asks for a thing or an action, where asks for a location” One of the highlights of this area is the personal survey that allows for input on questions for a specific user. This is a tremendous feature that allows for some early success for the user since personal questions tend to be easier to answer than others.
The developer complies with all privacy rules and the anonymous data collection for user data can be turned off at the bottom of the instructional page(s) in each of the two sections.
About the Author
Jackie Bryla is a school based SLPA in California. Her experience includes working with transitional kindergarten through high school age students as well as the functional skills population in the public schools. She regularly presents iPad Trainings for California State University Sacramento, American River College and San Joaquin Delta College speech and language programs. Jackie is also founder of act – Apps, Consulting and Training. She is an app beta tester for educational app developers. Jackie is a board member for the California Speech Language Hearing Association (CSHA) and is an active CSHA District 2 Advisory Committee member in the Sacramento area. Jackie received the outstanding SLPA for CSHA in 2012.