App Developer Thinking of Daughter While Helping Thousands – Speech Therapy for Apraxia

Speech Therapy for Apraxia is a top-selling speech therapy app


mzl.xwwoumxo-150x150Speech 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, 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.

Gregg Weiss, founder, and CEO of Blue Whale Apps knew he was going to help a lot of people when his company helped develop Speech Therapy for Apraxia, but he had a special interest in the app. Gregg’s daughter was born with Down Syndrome in 2007. With the help of Lori Riggs, a certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) at the National Association for Child Development (NACD), they created the iPad application that helps assist children with apraxia of speech.

Apraxia of Speech (AOS) is an oral motor speech disorder that affects an individual's ability to translate conscious speech plans into motor plans, and that leads to limited and difficult speech ability. In adults, the disorder is caused by illness or injury. The cause of AOS in children is unknown.

Developed by Blue Whale Apps and Lori Riggs, a certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) at the National Association for Child Development (NACD), Speech Therapy for Apraxia helps children practice speaking by presenting a variety of phonemes and moving through a gentle progression of levels that challenge motor planning for speech. By repeating a series of simple articulation exercises, children with difficulty speaking can improve their overall proficiency with the Speech Therapy for Apraxia suite of tablet apps for iPad, Kindle, Nook and Android tablets.

Frequently found in the Top 25 Medical category for paid iPad apps, Speech Therapy for Apraxia is the No. 1 speech therapy app available on the market. The app organizes groups of consonants in eight levels roughly by developmental difficulty and place of articulation (bilabial vs. labial). Beginning with a consonant group of their choice, users learn the production of syllables by completing repetitive activities in which they produce different sounds. The lessons progress through increasingly difficult production sequences all the way to the production of sequences of random syllables. The app also includes artfully drawn illustrations, audio and repeat features to support users as they practice each sequence.

Speech Therapy for Apraxia Features

- Track the user’s progress - Share the user’s success with others via email - Choose from 8 different consonant groups (for a total of 19 consonant sounds) to target - For each group, choose from 8 levels to practice - Detailed instructions explain how to choose an appropriate consonant group and practice level - Move through a logical progression of 8 different levels for motor planning for speech - Illustrations and audio provided for each syllable - Option to repeat levels, reset, or move to next level - Can also be used for straight articulation drill for particular phonemes

Speech Therapy for Apraxia is the first of the NACD’s line of apps. Speech Therapy for Apraxia - Words, the organization’s second release, builds on the lessons taught in the original app by focusing on the production of words. It is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store, and Nook Store.

Speech Therapy for Apraxia is available for $4.99 in the following stores:

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About Blue Whale

Blue Whale Apps is a mobile app development company specializing in high quality and engaging iPhone and iPad applications for medical professionals and the healthcare industry. Blue Whale brings you a team of highly experienced professionals who have worked with the world's leading technology, advertising, and design companies.

About NACD

The National Association for Child Development is a unique organization with a unique approach to brain growth and development. Founded in 1979 by Bob Doman, NACD has helped parents enhance the development and function of their children for over 30 years. In its work with tens of thousands of clients, NACD has developed an approach to human development, the achievement of human potential, and the remediation of developmental, educational, and neurological problems that is based upon the gestalt of the individual. The efficacy of NACD's Targeted Developmental Intervention has been demonstrated with individuals from infant to geriatric, whose function has ranged from comatose to gifted. It is from this background and experience that the NACD team of neuro develop mentalists and therapists, including speech/language pathologists, has created the Simply Smarter kids-Memory app and the NACD Home Speech Therapist line of speech apps.

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