Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Phonological Processes

  • $16.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: Jun 18, 2013
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 87.2 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Virtual Speech Center Inc.
  • © Virtual Speech Center Inc.
  • Rated 4+
  • Requirements: Phonological Processes in compatible with iPad and requires iOS 5.0 or later.

The line from the old song “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” describes the app Phonological Process wonderfully….. “in the jungle, the mighty jungle.” The Virtual Speech Center has centered this app on a jungle theme and even thought to include a few of the sounds.

Set up is similar to the other apps in the Virtual Speech Center family. It is done by tapping on “Start” on the main screen and then the orange “Add Student” button. A dialogue box appears that requires you to enter the student’s name and tap on “Save.” You will be prompted to select the appropriate student(s) from the student list then prompted to select the activity. Phonological Processes has two activities; Flashcards and Board Game. After the activity has been selected, it is necessary to tap “Next” in the upper right hand corner. On the next screen you will be required to choose which of the phonological processes that will be addressed: Affrication, Cluster Reduction L, Cluster Reduction R, Cluster Reduction S, Cluster Reduction Mixed, Deaffrication, Final Consonant Deletion, Fronting, Gliding L, Gliding R, Gliding Mixed, Prevocalic Voicing, Stopping Affricatives, Stopping Fricatives and Stopping Mixed. Last, it is necessary to choose one of the four ways to address the phonological process.

·         Auditory Bombardment – Students are presented two pictures. They are not expected to do anything other than listen to the production of two images. If repetition is necessary playback buttons are located under each image. The record and playback features are present at the level and can be integrated into the session in the manner the speech language pathologist feels is best for the user. No data collection features are present at this level.

·         Auditory Discrimination – Students are present two images and asked to “Show me the ____.”  The students are expected to find the correct image and tap on it. Again the record and playback features are present at the level and can be integrated into the session in the manner the speech language pathologist feels is best for the user. Data is automatically collected in this section of the app.

·         Minimal Pair Production – Students see two images and are asked to correctly say both words. The record and playback features are present so students can record their production and playback the recording to work on self-monitoring their speech and be able to contribute to the data recording. Data collection is done manually in this section of the app. A green check mark indicates correct and the red check mark is incorrect. The student or therapist need to tap on the correct one based on the student’s production of the words.

·         Single Word Production – A single image is present on the screen and the students are asked to “Name this Picture”. The record and playback features are present so students can record their production and playback the recording to work on self-monitoring their speech and be able to contribute to the data recording. It is necessary to do data collection manually by tapping on the green check (correct) or red X (incorrect) on the left hand side of the screen.

If the Flashcard activity is chosen the students will be presented with electronic flashcards that have selected activity listed above. The Board Game activity is similar to a traditional board game. Students race their chosen fruit shaped avatar along the jungle river. The number of spaces each person moves is determined by spinning a spinner. When the number of spaces is determined the appropriate spaces are automatically moved along the river. Some of the spaces are marked with question marks and others have jungle animals sitting on them. If a student lands on a question mark a “flashcard” opens and the student is expected to complete the activity that focuses on the phonological process chosen. When a student lands on a jungle animal the animal makes jungle sounds and moves across the screen to the dock at the end of the path.  The snake requires the student to moved backward one spot.
When your session is complete you can access a session report that lists the date, student’s name, skill worked on, and percentage correct. A more comprehensive report is available by tapping on “Reports” on the main screen. You will need to select the user and the skill for which you want data. Then you are able to view the data by activity or date. All reports are printable or they can be emailed.
Some customization is available by accessing the “Settings” features.  These features are: User Alternate Count, Enable Audio, Show Instructions, Automatic Paging, and Random Paging.

·  I did not get the opportunity to use this app with any of my students because the school year had ended but I am positive it will be a huge hit next fall as they loved the other apps by the Virtual Speech Center.

What I Like About This App
·         Easy set up
·         Comprehensive data is available in the reports
·         Based off of research
·         Record and playback feature is available
·         The flexibility the app offers in addressing phonological disorders

What I Would Like to See In Future Updates
·         The ending of the board game was a bit lack luster and could confuse some students.

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