Amazon’s Appstore for Android has a behavior tracking app as the free app of the day. I have installed and briefly looked at this app. It looks like it could come in handy in therapy for tracking kids behaviors. A list of at least 44 kids can be added and different behaviors can be added to each student. The tasks and behaviors are currently setup for home use but can be modified. Multiple points can be added at once by completing a task. Points can also be added or taken away one at a time. Percentages of right vs wrong are not tracked, only a total of points, but if you are an SLP that tallies correct answers (e.g., number of times /r/ is said correctly) this could be a very handy app. Download it for free today only here. If you would like to check Amazon’s free app of the day frequently bookmark this link. If you don’t have the Amazon Appstore for Android you can download it by following the instructions here.
Just in time for Mother’s Day: The Nook HD and HD+ have access to all the Google Play apps. This means any speech language pathologist who has one of these devices just multiplied their choice of speech and language apps over tenfold. The Nook also slashed their prices. Best Buy is running 3 day Mother’s Day sale so you can now get the 7 inch HD with 8 GB for $150 and 16 GB for $180. The 9 inch Nook HD+ with 16 GB is $180 and with 32 GB is $200. All these devices have SD card slots for expandable memory. Right now, these is probably the best deal for good Android tablet with expandable memory. You are not going to find a better 9 inch tablet for $200.
With Google Play there are over 250 app that could be used for speech therapy. Check out my SLP Android Apps page for details. Sorry if this sounds like a commercial, but this is a really good deal. It would make an awesome Mother’s Day present for an SLP who doesn’t have a tablet yet. The only reason I am going to buy one of these is because they don’t support sideloading. This means the Amazon Appstore is not available and it won’t be very difficult for me to install apps given to me to review on this blog. Google Play has 99% of the Apps on Amazon and a lot more. Neither of these issues should be a problem for most people.
GotKidsGames.com has some great language and phonics games for grades K-6 in it’s Word Games (http://www.gotkidsgames.com/GotKidsGames%20Word%20Games%20By%20Grade.html) area. The link to this area is currently at the bottom of the second column in the homepage. Some of the games keep score and some do not. There are plural, pronoun, subject-verb, adjective, and punctuation games to name a few of the ones that could be used in therapy.
Some of the games are short race the clock games to see how many correct answers can be done in a minute. I have found these most useful in therapy because they are quick, track data, and the kids enjoy them. 5 of these are subject-verb agreement games: 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th Grade. There’s also a racing homophone and pronoun games. If you click on a few of the links in the last couple sentences you may notice some of the games have no ads. Playing around with this website, I noticed that you can change a few of the the .html ending to .swf and the ads go away. The .swf links a may eventually stop working, but I have enjoyed them the past few months.
Most of these games are flash games so they can work on Android tablets. It has come to my attention that the Android 4.1 and 4.2 no longer have official flash support, but you can still get it from adobe’s website in archives. I found a YouTube video that explains how to get flash in Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). You can watch it below.
|Creator||77SPARX Studio, Inc.|
|Marketplace||Google Play & Amazon Appstore|
|Categories||Preschool, Elementary, Vocabulary|
|Price||Free w/ in-app purchases (for Google Play)|
|MB||33.5 (bigger w/ in-app purchasing|
Puzzingo or “Kids Puzzle Game PUZZINGO for Toddler and Preschooler with Animals, Numbers, Letters, and More” is a puzzle based vocabulary game. Puzzle pieces are inside boxes which can be shaken to open. Each piece is a noun with a written label and is named when selected. The pieces can be placed into shaded areas to complete a puzzle.
There are currently two versions of this app available for Android Devices. The version on Google Play (3.81) has the option of in-app purchases of additional puzzles. The current version in the Amazon Appstore (3.36) does not have in app purchases. Both apps are free and ad-free. Many people are reluctant to purchase apps where in-app purchases are available. The in-app purchases in Puzzingo (Google Play version) require parent verification. As I talked about in my Security and In-App Purchasing post, I recommend all SLPs set up a pin code for on device purchases. This will prevent clients or thieves from purchasing unwanted apps as well as in-app purchases. For more information on how to set up the pin code, click the link to the post above. With a pin code you can be assured there will be no accidental purchases on this app.
I was given an “all access pass” to the Google Play version by the developer to review this app and I am very impressed. I can see why this app is one of the most popular apps on the market. This is the best play-based vocabulary game I have used. The Amazon Appstore version currently has (free) puzzles for toys, numbers, jungle animals, ocean animals, farm, picnic, and alphabet. In the Google Play version, you have free access to juggle animals, picnic, dune bug, steam train, farm, sand castle, and costume shop for free. With in-app purchasing you can get puzzles in each of the categories and sub categories below:
Trains: commuter train, train yard, city train, country train, space train, clown train, train station
Princess & Fairies: fairy house, fairy tailor, fairy rock band, fairy flight school, frog race, pirate princess, princess
Holidays: Lunar New Year, Santa’s stable, snowball fight, Santa’s workshop, Christmas tree, harvest, New Year,
Cars: mini van, chopper, indie car, stock car, 4×4 truck, clown car, bulldozer, super bike, sports car
Animals: Jungle Animals (another), forest animals, fresh water animals, safari animals, polar animals, grassland animals, Australian animals
Space: observatory, alien hair salon, space station, consolations, solar system, astronaut, space shuttle
Core Concepts: numbers, colors, counting, ocean animals, shapes, toys, alphabet.
There are 12 – 32 pieces (vocabulary words) in each puzzle. Some of the puzzles have short games to play after they are completed (e.g., racing game with the cars). The developer occasionally adds more puzzles, so this list may be incomplete in a few months. I recommend this app to be used as a play-based game during speech language therapy as well as for home use with all preschool and elementary kids. This app is great for a preschooler, yet still engaging and educational for older children. My 7, 9, and 10 year old children all like this game. I have even learned a few words from this game. I will be giving away a free “all access pass” to the Google Play version of this app this summer, so check back here for more details later. You can view the developers video below.
This week’s website is not online activities for therapy but a resource I discovered several years ago. John Higgins organized complete lists of minimal pair for English consonants and vowels. This is a very handy resource for speech therapy. Two warnings before the link; the lists includes swear words, and it may be blocked by schools’ web filters. Check out this amazing resource here (http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/wordscape/wordlist/). This website also has lists of homophones and homographs.
Cando’s Helper Page (http://www.candohelperpage.com/index.html) is a website created by Ray Beaudoin. It has been around since 2001. It has a lot of games and worksheets that can be used for language and articulation therapy. The games are what I would call “old school”. They are not as fancy as stuff from Funbrain, but my students still seem to enjoy them. I have frequently used the Practice Activity #3 in Final Consonant Blends and both of the Mixed Bossy R Practice #5 and #6 in R-Controlled Vowels to provide a break from normal articulation therapy.
All of the games use Flash Player, so they will work on Android tablets that have it installed. Flash Player can be found in Google Play here and enabled on Kindle Fires by following the directions here.
I am in the process of improving my list of Android SLP apps to include apps from Google Play, Amazon, and Nook. I recommend using the Amazon Appstore when possible, because these apps can be shared with more devices than a Google Play account and it allows all the apps to work on Amazon devices if one is purchased. While I work on putting together the detailed list like the one I made for SLP Android Apps in the Amazon Appstore, I have posted the names of 225+ speech therapy apps I have found in Google Play on my new page SLP Android Apps.
If you have an Android device and you don’t have a timer/stopwatch, you should download Amazon Appstore’s app of the day. It is a highly customizable timer, stopwatch, and alarm. The timer and alarm clock has a log which can be emailed. Multiple timers can be created and saved. The stopwatch works well as a counter if you want to track something during therapy, but as far as I can figure out the data cannot be saved. This app can be downloaded or saved to “your apps” for free today (4/21/2013). Click the app picture above or here to view the app. This timer appears to be much better than the one Amazon had for free in March and it has an alarm.
The Amazon Appstore can be downloaded on almost any Android Device. Find out how to install it here.
|Marketplace||Google Play & Amazon Appstore|
|Category||Story Starters, Parts of Speech, Vocabulary|
Shake-a-Phrase is a fun app for students to get story starters, identify parts of speech, and learn new vocabulary. There are three parts to the app Shake It!, Story Starter, and Quiz Me!. Shake It! is a random sentence generator with definitions provided. There are five themes: animals, fairytale, monsters, sports, and shake starter. The shake starter (story starter) provides ideas of how to begin a narrative. Favorites can be saved to a list. Options in the quiz area let you select from 1 to 5 parts of speech you want to practice: nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions. Students are asked to find these parts in sentences. Correct answers are rewarded, but incorrect answers are not tracked.
I recommend this app for classroom and home use for students functioning in the upper elementary to middle school range. This app would also be good to fill in the last few minutes of the therapy. I was given this app to review it, but I am receiving nothing for my review.
There are a ton of speech therapy materials at www.quia.com/web. The trick with this website is finding what you want when you want it. The resource I found for SLPs is Pamela Bordas’ Homepage (http://www.quia.com/pages/pbordashome.html). There are a lot of language and articulation activities available. I particularly like to use the challenge board games for therapy with two students. You can also search for shared activities here (http://www.quia.com/shared/). With flash player many of these activities work on Android devices.