How I Use It
Students can work during independent time in the classroom (or at home if an ipad is available) to reinforce skills that are being taught with their SLP. There needs to be some direct instruction in how to properly formulate the words and some interaction with an adult to make sure words are being articulated. For a motivated child though, it offers a great way to introduce a high number of vocabulary words utilizing the target sound. I am not a huge fan of the stories as it seems there are too many words with the same sound so a student struggling with that sound doesn't have any "down time" in between words. Some sentences "Sally sends Sarah a sweet story" are almost like tongue twisters to me, and I don't have a problem articulating an s sound!
This app takes the place of hours spent making matching games or word cards to help students practice their speech target sounds. It is very easy to set up and well worth the price to me! I have even used it with my daughter to help with her articulation needs. She was not motivated by other means, but this app drew her in and kept her practicing. It has a great record feature that students can use to record themselves and play back to hear how they are saying the word. I also like that it allows teachers to customize what position of the sound you are practicing (initial, middle, or end) and easily and quickly mark whether students were proficient or not.