Saturday, March 9, 2013

Speech FlipBook

This is a review I wrote for but decided to post it on my personal blog because I can't say enough good things about it.

I love all things iOS! My iPad is full of apps and fully implemented this device into my therapy schedule. You name the accessory I probably have it or I’m considering buying it in the future. I’m all over this trend but I keep coming back to one thing. Does the iPad allow me to use my knowledge as a professional to tailor my therapy sessions to meet my student’s individual needs? Tactus Therapy Solutions must have been thinking exactly the same thing when they were developing their newest app, Speech FlipBook. It is a one of a kind app that provides the educator/therapist access to a phenomenal educational tool that allows the professional to use their own knowledge and expertise to plan appropriate activities to work on a specific skill. The uses for this app in the educational setting are endless.

Essentially Speech FlipBook is an electronic version of the flipbook that has been used in the educational setting for years. It contains over 125 sounds and clusters that are individually produced and can be combined into over 2,300 words. Users are able to customize the app by using the tabs at the bottom of the opening screen. The blue tab contains the 22 initial phonemes. Aqua represents the 29 initial clusters. Vowels are located on the purple tab. There are 9 pure vowels, 6 diphthongs, and 9 R controlled. The yellow tab contains the 20 final sounds and the 32 final clusters are located on the red tab. On each tab, the user chooses the individual phonemes by tapping on them. When they are active, they will appear white on the screen. On the opening screen of the app, you also need to determine if you want to flip the pages by sounds or words. Additional customization is also available by tapping on the settings feature.

When you’re flipping by sounds, the user is presented with CVC words. The words are color coded to represent the onset, nucleus and coda of the word. Users are expected to read the word or tap on the individual sounds and blend the word together themselves. New words are easily generated by flipping the individual parts of the word. You are able to record and playback the users production of the word by tapping on the record button at the bottom of the page. The book feature is also located on the bottom of the page. It allows you to turn on or off the ability to see real words in print and be able to tap on them and hear the word.
The word mode is similar to the sound mode except that student flips all three of the word parts together. Words are presented to the student from easiest to hardest.
I absolutely LOVE this app. It is so versatile and can be a beneficial to students that are in general or special education. Primary classroom could use it for word work or to teacher phonological awareness skills. Title One and Special Education teachers would have a quick customizable tool to address specific weaknesses in early literacy skills. Speech Therapists have a great tool for articulation and apraxia therapy. The list could go on and on. This is a must have in elementary schools.

Things I Like About This App:
  • It is extremely easy to use
  • Ability to generate lists of words or minimal pairs that meet specific rules
  • Students have the ability to record their production of words so they can evaluate their own production.
  • Color coding present on the individual phonemes. It draws attention to the differences and makes things more visual.
  • The app is a tool not an activity. It allows the therapist/educator the opportunity to use their own knowledge and expertise about the students to better meet needs.
Things I Would Like To See Changed in Future Updates:
  • I would like to see a way to keep data included in the app.
  • Profiles for individual users so I can customize for multiple users at the same time.
  • Ability to print the great lists of words and minimal pairs that can be generated using the app.

More information about Speech FlipBook can be viewed by clicking on the following links: