Not sure how I missed this app until recently, but I'm happy to have Story Builder by Mobile Education Store on my iPad now! While it was released in 2010, Story Builder was recently updated so you can upload your own images for storytelling. Let’s take a look at how you play.
One thing I can always count on with a Mobile Education Store App is a plethora of options to customize play settings. First, there are three levels, each of which gives you decreasing prompts for answering a target question while looking at a vibrant visual image. Level one provides several words to start a sentence. The number of word cues is reduced in level two. By level three, all you see is an image either preloaded or uploaded from your own library, and then you must create a story. There's nothing I love more than an app that teaches and grows with you! On the settings screen, you can also decide if you want the written questions that prompt story development to remain "on", "off", or "intermittent" for display. Another tab lets you use these same options to decide whether or not to boldly highlight the written question. I imagine that highlighting the question makes it stand out from other sentences on the screen. The final setting tab allows you to display starter words for sentence construction or you can opt to turn off this feature.
I just introduced this app to a nine-year-old working on answering questions, structuring sentences, and telling stories, all of which can be addressed in Story Builder. My client especially enjoys coming up with a title for the stories and saving the recordings. Right now, we are using all the prompts, which I will gradually fade thanks to all the resources available to customize gameplay!
Here's what the developer has to say about Story Builder:
Winner - Best reading app of 2011 by the Huffington Post
Story Builder is designed to help children accomplish the following educational goals: 1) Improve paragraph formation; 2) Improve integration of ideas, and 3) Improve higher level abstractions by inference. Extensive use of audio clips promotes improved auditory processing for special needs children with autism spectrum disorders or sensory processing disorders.
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