Ahoy Mateys! It’s time to set sail for WH – Questions Island, a receptive and expressive language app, by Virtual Speech Center! It was developed by a Speech-Language Pathologist for children to practice auditory comprehension and verbal expression through answering wh-questions. After creating a player profile and selecting either flashcards or a board game mode of play, climb aboard to a screen that allows you to choose the questions you would like for your adventure. You may walk the plank with several or all of the following receptive and/or expressive questions during one game: who, what, when, where, why, and how. Each question has four sets, but it doesn’t appear that these are sorted into difficulty levels. If you select receptive tasks, then you will be shown three answer choices, which along with the target question, are read to you before you can respond. Expressive questions require verbal responses that can be recorded, but beware as the captain (aka, Speech-Language Pathologist) is listening to rate your answers by checking the appropriate mark to collect information for a score at the end. The data collection junky in me loves that you get a final score, which you have the option to email. Nothing like making a game serve as a way to collect statistics!
I particularly liked the board game play option as it is wildly entertaining with visual effects and a virtual spinner. You even get to select a pirate Avatar to move along the board. I think this version livens up the play a bit. So, cast your net and grab this app for your therapy bag or home practice! It’s sure to please the little pirates in your life!
Here’s what the developers have to say about this app:
Wh-Questions Island offers 480 wh-questions: – What questions (e.g. “What do you buy in the toy store?“)- 80 questions organized into four sets – Where
questions (e.g. “Where does a fireman work?”) – 80 questions organized into four sets – Who questions (e.g. “Who is your best friend?”) – 80 questions organized into four sets – When questions (e.g. “When do you go to the doctor?”) – 80 questions organized into four sets – Why questions (e.g. “Why do you wear a helmet?”) – 80 questions organized into four sets – How questions (e.g. “How do you help your parents?”) – 80 questions organized into four sets.
Wh-Questions Island is easy to navigate and allows users to employ several tools to perform the following tasks: – enter multiple students – change settings – save selected goals for next sessions – select auto-scoring for receptive task – select alternate counts for multiple students – enable or disable written picture descriptions – use audio recording feature – track correct and incorrect responses – view reports in table and graphical forms – e-mail results at the end of the game.
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