After reading this review, I can guarantee that you will go to your materials closet, package all your sounds flashcards, and donate them to someone who does not have an iPad or iPhone. I discovered Articulation Station Pro, by Little Bee Speech, this past school year after reading reviews like this one. I was also fortunate enough to not only have access to THREE iPads at work but also an iTunes gift card to purchase whatever sound targets I needed for my caseload! I can honestly tell you that I use this app daily in my speech practice. But, I'm getting ahead of myself, let's take a look at the nifty features of Articulation Station.
Articulation Station was developed by a Speech Pathologist to make our lives so much easier! You can download it for free and receive initial, medial, and final picture targets for the /p/ sound. Then, just purchase what you need from there. Prices for sound targets range from $.99 to $5.99 since some sounds include items like blends. Of course, you can always opt to buy the entire pro edition for $49.99, as well.
Before you can play, you need to make a few selections, starting with your sound target. Next, pick your level: words, sentences, or stories. If you pick word level, then you can play in flashcard or matching game mode. I like using the latter as a reinforcer at the end of clinical sessions for completing scheduled activities. Finally, you will be prompted to pick one or more sound positions. Once you are finished setting up, beautiful, actual photo images will appear. You can track data by checking the appropriate keys for accuracy and even record for self-rating playbacks.
If you need a bit more of a challenge for your young minds, then you can use photo images in sentence levels. One level presents a different sentence each time, while another rotates one word in the same sentence. The rotating sentence level is perfect for a transition to unique sentences. You get to push a button to spin the wheel for a different target, which makes it fun for kids and adult-like kids disguised as SLPs;)
Wait, there's more to this comprehensive app! You can select from two levels in story mode. The first has a shorter excerpt than the second, but both include multiple choice comprehension questions: BONUS!! You may as well practice your reading comprehension skills while working on sound targets at the story level.
Of course, we all know that in the real world, aka school setting, we typically group clients together. No problem, because you can create a group of up to six players for the app, all of which could be working on different sound targets! How's that for convenience and multitasking?!
If you couldn't already tell, I highly recommend this app! I think the pro edition that includes all the sounds is a dream purchase for any SLP, but I recommend caregivers purchase just the sound targets needed for carryover practice at home. I love that you can track data and access this app on both the iPhone and iPad! If you are lucky enough to have an iPad at work, then you should really invest in this gem! The only downfall will be that you will find yourself having to dust off those flashcard decks from time to time;)
Here is what the developers have to say about this app:
Over 1200 beautiful, easy to identify images!
In addition to the professional, clean design of the app, each activity in Articulation Station has real photographs isolated on a white background that is clear and easy to identify.
Articulation Station also features:
Scoring & comprehensive data tracking
Voice recording for auditory feedback
Save audio recordings to track progress
Sorting by syllables at the word level
Group sessions (up to 6 students at a time!)
Customize word lists
Student profiles (name, age, progress notes)
Add your own custom images (available when
all sounds have been purchased)
Quick tips on teaching each sound
In-depth video tutorials
Data backup feature
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