Popular Apraxia Speech Therapy App Available for Android

by Tom Kloiber on November 16, 2012

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Popular Apraxia Speech Therapy App Available for Android

In October, the National Association for Child Development and Blue Whale Web Apps announced that the Speech Therapy App, a popular download for Apraxia previously available only for Apple devices, has been re-engineered for Android platforms. You can get it at Amazon or the Barnes & Noble Appstore for $4.99. The Speech Therapy App has been the top medical program seller in the iPad store since its launch in April.

It only makes sense for developers to start catering to tablets other than the iPad…there are more than 7 million Kindle Fires alone in the hands of consumers. Factor in the B & N Nook, the Nexus 7, the Samsung Galaxy, the Asus Android, the Motorola Xoom, and all the other tablets on the market, and ignoring the Android platform would be crazy.

About the Speech Therapy App

The reason for its popularity is probably the fun, easy-to-use interface. The app is designed for parents and SLPs to help youngsters with childhood apraxia of speech/dyspraxia and also deliver articulation practice and vowel articulation for adults with apraxia. The colorful interface and easy navigation features phonemes in a progression that offers continuing challenges to build motor planning skills. Starting with syllables, the app progresses through increasingly challenging sequences. Colorful pictures and precise audio accompanies each task and users can choose to repeat levels as often as necessary, start over, or move forward. Eight consonant groups represent 19 consonant groups to focus on. Each consonant group has escalating levels in logical progression.

Who is NACD?

The National Association for Child Development is an organization geared toward supporting brain growth and neurological development. Over the past 30 years, NACD has served tens of thousands of clients. The app was developed by the National Association for Child Development team including a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. The team worked closely with developers at Blue Whale to develop a quality learning app. Other programs developed by NACD include Targeted Sound Intervention (TSI), The Listening Program, and The Sound Health Series, programs that use classical music to enhance listening skills and address auditory tonal processing skills and stimulate the brain with broad spectrum frequencies and complex melodical structure, and Music for Babies, a music-based early development tool.

Does this app look helpful? We’d love to hear from you if you use Speech Therapy in your practice or at home, and how it compares to other speech therapy programs.

 

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leslie sneade October 18, 2013 at 9:36 am

I am trying to get speech apps. for my sisters lingraphica. I am not good with computers and I am totally out of my element on trying to pick apps for this computer. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Leslie Sneade

Nate Cornish October 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Hi Leslie,

Thanks for your question! VocoVision doesn’t have a relationship with Lingraphica, and we neither endorse nor discourage the use of their products. So, unfortunately, we probably don’t have the best information for you there. However, here is what we understand about their products:

Lingraphica produces a number of devices. It seems like they come loaded with software. You can find more information about the devices, user manuals, and where to get support on their web site at: http://www.aphasia.com/products/lingraphica-speech-generating-devices

They also offer apps that can be downloaded onto your tablet or smart phone from the iTunes Apps store (for Apple products). They don’t appear to have any developed for Android, but you can double-check that on Google Play. You can find more information on their apps at: http://www.aphasia.com/products/apps

You can also find some great apps for children from Smarty Ears (http://smartyearsapps.com/) and Super Duper (http://www.superduperinc.com/landing/sdapps.aspx)

I hope that’s helpful. Good luck!
Nate Cornish, M.S., CCC-SLP
VocoVision

Chang September 15, 2016 at 7:28 am

Awesome post.

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