I'm back again with another oldie but goodie app from Mobile Education Store: Language Builder. Since 2010, this app has earned a few awards and recognitions and, just this month, it got a couple updates.
When you open the app, you are brought to the settings screen to create user profiles and then set some parameters for play. At the top of the screen are two tabs allowing you to activate hints and auditory prompts. Like all good MES apps, you get three levels of hints for play. The first level displays several words for a sentence leaving the user to fill in just a couple target words. Level two significantly reduces the number of words visually displayed for sentence construction, and level three presents two auditory words to be used in a sentence. Finally, there are ten different theme packs to choose from in addition to an original package. There's nothing better than an app that provides some nice variety! Plus, if you like more than one theme, you can opt to randomize the topics.
Once you select to play at the bottom of the settings screen, you are shown an actual photo image and prompted to create a sentence about it. Simply press the record button, and then you can listen to your sentence and save it for later analysis. That's all there is to it! The most recent updates to this app give options to upload your own picture images or skip pre-loaded images. You can make these choices once you begin playing.
Language Builder is a nice app for those working on increasing use and understanding of vocabulary, sentence structure, and inferencing, as well as self-rating voice and fluency. Not only do I use this app for therapeutic purposes, but I also incorporate it into screenings. With 250 images total, this app will go a long way!
Language Builder is designed to help children accomplish the following educational goals: 1) Improve sentence ideation; 2) Improve sentence formation; and 3) Improve receptive and expressive language. Extensive use of audio clips promotes improved auditory processing for special needs children with autism spectrum disorders or sensory processing disorders. Auditory playback of child's voice offers reinforcement for language development.
Language Builder offers a rich and fun environment for improving the ability to create grammatically correct sentences.
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