Carry over is an important part of building speech skills and The National Association for Child Development (NACD) has made this easier with their app, Speech Therapy for Apraxia – NACD Home Speech Therapist. This reasonably priced app ($4.99) is just that, by allowing the user to work with an adult (teacher/parent/therapist) on speech production and motor planning. The app can be use with children and adults with apraxia/dyspraxia or articulation errors.
The app is setup so that the adult chooses the developmentally appropriate consonant group to work on. Feedback is provided to the user from that is working with him/her.
Levels are designed to progress from easy (level 1) to harder (level 8). Level 1 will provide one opportunity for 20 single syllable trials of productions within that consonant group and level 2 progresses to three and so on. Level 8 requires that more than one group of consonants be chosen. Each level offers a built in clear spoken model of the syllable to be imitated.
NACD home speech therapist offers a wonderful opportunity for organized and leveled speech production practice. Automatic data collection (scoring correct/incorrect) is not a feature of this app and I would suggest it be considered for a future update. A recording feature would be of benefit for self-monitoring also. The app has explicit instructions embedded within the app for ease of use.
*Speech Therapy for Apraxia has already helped many parents and therapists deal with children’s apraxia as a best-selling speech therapy app for the iPad, and with the latest update on Sept 12, 2013, the app now has the ability to track the user’s progress and email the results to loved ones, other therapists, teachers or anyone else involved in the child’s development.
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.