I love technology…shocking. It engages my kids, is fun for me, and it is may more organized than my speech room, which
on some days looks like something exploded in it can be a tad messy at times. After my hubby got an iPad for Christmas last year I decided to see what was around for SLPs in the way of apps. There were a few apps to start with, but now if you are looking for some technology to help target a goal, there’s probably an app for that. One of my personal favorites is Pocket SLP’s, Pocket Artic.
A bit pricey at first glance, $29.99, but it was worth every penny. When I think back to how much time I would spend counting all the tally marks I made of my student’s productions…*shutter* One of the reasons I like Pocket Artic so much is that it is very user friendly. If you are just a beginning iPad user or a techno geek, you can learn how to use it with ease. I can pick one student, or a group, and just start! No organizing cards into the right piles for each student to work on their target sound during group work. It has all English phonemes organized nice and neat in one spot. When you start using it with a student, you input what sounds they are working on, at what level ( word, phrase, sentence ), and in what position. I like that I can switch the levels to probe targets during a session without having to go and reset the student’s information. My kids really do enjoy using it, even my ones who are not so keen on working on their sounds. I let my older kiddos attempt to judge their productions a bit more and record what they think it was (green) correct, (red) incorrect, (yellow) approximate. As for my little ones who are not quite there yet, they like to swipe to a new target picture.
The app’s data tracking is the next part I love. Data, data, data. My life revolves around it. Being a visual person, I was pretty much jumping for joy when I saw that Pocket Artic would be able to graph my students progress for me. This has been great to show my kids how they are doing and their parents. Parents have given me a bunch of feedback about how much they like the graphs and being able to see how their student is doing. When their trend line keeps going up and I send the graphs as part of their progress report , I have been told that they go up on the fridge.
Now this is all just my opinion, there are other articulation apps out there, I just happen to be a big fan of Pocket Artic. Here is a link to their site and a video introduction about it if you want to check it out. http://pocketslp.com/our-apps/pocket-artic/