App Review -The Speech FlipBook
by Tactus Therapy
Reviewed to determine its value for the preschool child exhibiting phonological processes, apraxia or articulation concerns, since there are no pictures.
Tactus states “It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to have quick access to nearly every single-syllable word in the English language, suitable for all ages.”
1.Create customized lists in minutes - pick which consonants and vowels you want to appear in initial, medial, & final positions. Setting button offers choices in upper/lower case letters, inclusion of real/nonsense words, and more. It is nicely organized to include a variety of CV, VC, CVC and cluster combinations arranged by bilabial, labio-dental, dental, alveolar, palatal, velar and glottal placement. Vowel page is arranged by vowels, diphthongs, and R-controlled.
2. On the front (green) cover there is button that allows you to flip by word or sounds. This is very useful for minimal pairs. If you flip the switch to sounds, the sound in each column can magically flip!!
3. Tap the recorded word and segmented sounds, record yourself, then play it back instantly
4. Includes over 2300 recordings of words in natural speech & 125 phonemes & clusters! Includes ALL vowels & consonants of Standard American English
5. It is straight forward drill with no bells & whistles.
This app works nicely with the preschool child as a 5 to 10 minute oral motor warm in imitating and sequencing CV, VC, CVC and cluster patterns. The screen looks like a wire bound book with 3 columns – if you flip the switch to sounds on the front cover you can magically swipe individual sounds in each column. Love this feature!! It took a little time to learn to navigate and play with Settings. Once I got the hang of blank page setting on the app, it worked seamlessly. I breezed through the sound list quickly when I needed to make changes. My preschooler liked tapping & swiping the buttons, hearing and imitating the words. It took seconds to change the settings to S blends. It was easy to remove a word with one quick swipe up. I love the auditory component of this app - I was able to record the student’s voice. He then told me if his production of the word was the same as the man’s voice (choice of a woman’s voice would be nice too.) If incorrect, he willingly recorded the word again. He then proceeded to produce the word correctly, we compared voices and he reported whether productions sounded the same or not. Sound patterns which were more difficult for him easily revealed themselves. For this feature alone, it is a valuable tool for articulation work. I was surprised at the interest level of my preschooler. I could also use this app as a screening tool to establish baselines. This is also an incredible tool for emerging readers and literacy development for addressing phonological awareness, phonics and fluency. I do have a small wish list for future updates: In settings, I would like to be able to edit a word list more easily and save the customized list for the next session. Currently, if I am working on a different sound group with another child, I will lose my previous list. The price of $6.99 is affordable and well worth it.
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