If you are a pediatric speech pathologist, then it is a given that you have a client or two or twelve working on the /r/ sound. It doesn't matter if you work in the school or private setting, you can run, but you cannot hide from the haunting /r/. This summer, I found myself welcoming a few new clients to my private practice. These families had sought out some extra help with the /r/ target and while I had a decent arsenal of materials and apps, I wanted to try something different, especially since one client was meeting twice weekly and could use some variety. That's when I stumbled upon R intensive Pro from my friends at Smarty Ears Apps and they graciously granted me a promo code for review.
The main menu displays choices for each vocalic /r/ target or you can select addressing /r/ clusters; regardless, you may choose one or all of the nine available categories. This versatile app offers three activities: flash cards, matching, and a guessing game. The first two activities have options for practicing at the word, phrase, and sentence levels, while the last game poses a question and then prompts the user to guess the target word answer. My middle school client loved this game and had a blast trying to come up with answers. It helped tremendously to first go through the flash card activity, and then try our luck at the guessing game since the same targets are in both activities. It doesn't hurt having a word bank to reference. Another appealing option in this app is having word, phrase, and sentence level options. Many of my clients need that phrase step in between before moving to sentences. Like all great Smarty Ears apps, you also have the ability to keep data, record samples, and access homework papers. You can either print the homework or email pages to families. How great is that? The only thing that I wish the app had the ability to do was allow you to select word positions for /r/ targets, especially since my clients are often working on a target in just one position. Other than that, this is another gem from Smarty Ears and a nice addition to my resources.
Check out what the developers have to say about R Intensive:
R Intensive SLP uses a phonetic approach to teaching the “r” sound by creating subgroups that will hopefully make your student more successful in therapy. We have divided the /r/ phoneme at the word level as follows:
a. Pre-Vocalic /r/
R Intensive SLP is the most comprehensive, engaging, and user-friendly tool on the market that allows you to not only practice the production of the /r/ phoneme but also tally the percentage of accuracy at the same time with the same tool: your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Other little things that make this app great…
a. Store, review, and email “report cards” from sessions.
b. Print report cards directly from the app (when using an air ready printer)
c. Student report cards feature easy to read graphs for the “flash card” activity that make analyzing results and progress simple and clear.
d. Import a student photo, or choose from one of 50 quality avatars to represent the player.
e. Quick play feature allows those unconcerned with student profiles or data tracking to begin a session a quick way to start a session.
f. Multiplayer capability-All three activities (flashcards, matching, and guess what) can support up to four players.
g. Easy to use, intuitive user interface
h. Build in video tutorial
i. Email support—have a question? Can’t figure things out? We have an easy way to contact us through the app.
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