Saturday, March 30, 2013

Speech With Milo Articulation Board Game

  • $23.99 Professional Version
  • $6.99 Regular Version
  • Category: Education
  • Released: Mar 13, 2013
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 56.6 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Poorani Doonan
  • © Doonan Speech Therapy Inc
  • Rated 4+

Mickey, Minnie, and Mighty Mouse don’t have anything on Milo. He is the charismatic, cuddly mouse that can be found in all of Doonan Speech Therapy apps. Last year they came out with Speech with Milo Articulation Board Game which is compatible with the iPad and requires iOS 5.0 or later. The app is engaging way to practice articulation skills. After listening to the users request for more phonemes to be added to the game, the developers updated the app in March. Now there are two versions. Speech with Milo Articulation Board Game which includes the common sounds /F/, /V/, /K/, /G/, /S/, /Z/, /CH/, /SH/ in the initial, medial and final positions of words. Four in app purchases are available to add additional phonemes to the game board.
  1. Early Sounds Pack:  /p,b,t,d,m,n/, and /h,w,y,ng/ in all positions of words
  2. /L/ & /L/ blends: in the initial, medial, and final positions of words  
  3. /R/ & /r/ blends: In all positions of words 
  4. /TH/ sounds: initial, medial, and final positions of words
Speech with Milo Articulation Board Game Pro contains all of the following phonemes /r/, /r/ blends, /l/, /l/ blends, /th/, /f/, /v/, /k/, /g/, /s/, /z/, /ch/, /sh/,/p/, /b/, /t/, /d/, /m/, /n/, /h/, /w/, /y/,/ng/ in the initial, medial, and final positions of words.

In both versions of the app the first thing that must be done is to enter the student’s information into the app. This is accessed on the Main Screen by using the “Set Up Student” button. You will need to add each student’s name and choose the phoneme they will be working on and what position of word or words will be targeted.  After set up is complete, you tap on the “Play” button to access the game board. You will be asked to choose which students will be playing. Players are allowed to pick which of six different characters they want to represent them as they play the game. The game itself is set up very similar to any traditional board game. Anywhere from two to five players race from the start square to the last square on the board which happens to be a schoolhouse. 

Individual turns are determined by whose character appears in the circle located on the upper left hand side of the screen. Players spin the spinner located on the game board to determine how many spaces they should move. After they have move the predetermined number of spaces, a picture card will appear on the screen. It contains the player’s targeted phoneme. The player is expected to repeat the targeted word. The player with adult guidance will need to determine if the student’s production was correct (checkmark), incorrect (X) or an approximation (wavy lines) and tap the appropriate marking.  As players progress down the path toward victory they will encounter squares that can help or hurt their progress. The first player to reach the schoolhouse is declared the winner.

Player data can be accessed at any time by tapping on the red data button located on the upper left hand side of the game board screen. Data can be checked while the game is in session or after the end has been reached. When data is accessed after a game has been completed the result can be emailed outside of the app.

Some customization is possible by accessing the “Settings” feature. This allows you to turn the following features on or off; background sound, spinner sound, card sound, sound on game piece movement, spoken words, and written words. I typically leave them all turned on with the exception of the background sound which was too distracting to the students and myself.

Speech with Milo Articulation Board Game is a great app to provide variety to the drill and practice portion of therapy. It keeps the kids engaged and involved in the activity which helps to make every learning minute count. 

What I Like About This App

  • Data collection is available
  • Data reports can be emailed outside of the app
  • How five different learners can have their portion of the game individualized to address their educational needs.
  • User friendly
  • Board game format makes it highly appealing to the kids
  • The recent addition of the Pro version or the in-app purchases to add additional phonemes to the app.

What I Would Like To See In Future Updates
  • Nothing to this app
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