Categories, Associations, Object Identification and Following Directions... Oh, my! Whatever your needs, the creators at I Can Do apps have got you covered! I recently had the pleasure of reviewing four of their fabulous apps, all of which offer actual photos of objects, distraction-free backgrounds, and five levels of increasingly difficult play.
First up is Categories - this app begins with a simple identification task given two choices. From there, you learn to classify objects in larger fields, practice word association drills, and respond to exclusion questions. This app makes a perfect introduction to the strategy of categorization as a means of word retrieval and vocabulary enrichment.
The next app, Associations, pairs well with the Categories app for teaching purposes. Associations follow the same level of difficulty format as the Categories app in that it begins with just two picture choices and builds from there. You also get an opportunity to practice exclusion skills by identifying which picture does not belong to level five.
Object Identification is the perfect app for my young, preschool/ kindergarten clients who are advancing from identifying objects to practicing comprehension at the picture level. The actual photo images are realistic and most suitable for young children. This app has everything you need to work on goals for identifying objects by labels, attributes, functions, and features. For me, there's nothing better than having all of these drills in one app!
Following Directions begins at the object identification/ one step level and advances to First/Then and Before/After directions. This app is exactly what I needed for the practice of functional directions with my youngest and oldest clients working on receptive language skills! I especially liked how the last level mixed the Before/After questions to really test a client's knowledge of these concepts. It would make my day if the developers came up with more apps like this one that targets a larger variety of concepts and three-step directions.
The next time you are in the market for some speech and language apps to supplement in your therapy sessions or recommend for home practice, take a look at those developed by I Can Do apps. You won't be disappointed! For more information about the apps in this review and more from these fabulous developers, please visit I Can Do Apps.
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