May 14 is Apraxia Awareness Day! Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder. Children with CAS have difficulty saying sounds, syllables and words because their brain cannot coordinate the necessary muscle movements. Through speech therapy, children with apraxia can improve their speech and become more intelligible.
Speech therapy sessions for children with CAS tend to be frequent, intensive, and progress can be slow (but there is progress). RWH Technology offers two apps that are suitable for helping children with apraxia. Speak Colors and Speech Cards provide dynamic learning experiences. Both apps include photographs of real objects, voice recordings, and a microphone for the child to record/listen to their own voice. Speak Colors focuses on receptive & expressive language, phrase length and articulation. Speech Cards is a very customizable flashcards app that can be used for vocabulary, articulation and much more.
Today, we are happy to announce that an update to SpeakColorsHD is now available for download! Use this iPad app to help toddlers increase their vocabulary skills, phrase length, and receptive and expressive language. This version 2.1.0 update includes a few changes.
First, we added one additional sentence template (This is a __ __). The additional sentence template brings the total number of sentences in the app to 1298!
Second, the customization features have been improved. You can now crop imported images.
Third, the stability of the app has been improved by using Automatic Reference Counting (ARC), which is a memory management feature of iOS.
SpeakColorsHD 2.1.0 is available for the iPad on the App Store
I’m pleased to announce that Ana Paula Mumy has joined the RWH Technology team to help us develop a Spanish version of Speak Colors. We are very happy to have her join us. She is a tri-lingual (English, Spanish, Portuguese) speech-language pathologist with many years of experience. Her web site, The Speech Stop, has lots of great materials and resources. Also, be sure to check out her YouTube videos. Welcome Ana Paula!
Consonantly Speaking has a review of SpeakColors HD. The review describes in detail how to use the app and also how to use SpeakColorsHD in therapy.
At the bottom of the review is a giveaway to win a copy of the app.
Read the full review here.
Danish blog site, Min Kusine Maria, has a post about using SpeakColors and other apps for helping children who are working on vocabulary. I am glad to get feedback about how SpeakColors is being used around the world.
iHeartThisApp.com has updated their review of SpeakColorsHD! Below is a small snippet from the review:
SpeakColors is affordable, only requires 18.5 MB of storage, startling when you consider all the functionality of this app, and the developers did a fantastic job of listening to and applying customer feedback in the new update.
Thank you iHeartThisApp! Please check out the entire review here!
SpeechPathologyApps.com has made SpeakColors, their Free App of the Week! Please check out the review on their blog. Also, if you are interested in a chance to win a promocode for SpeakColorsHD, leave a comment on their blog post.
An update for the LITE version of SpeakColors is now available. In this update, the default voice has been replaced with a nicer, female voice. Please note that the update may take up to 24 hours to become available world wide. SpeakColors 1.3 is available for the iPad for FREE.
If you like the LITE version of SpeakColors, then you might also like the premium version, SpeakColorsHD. SpeakColorsHD includes 9 types of sentences, the ability to import your own photos and more. SpeakColorsHD is available for the iPad for $2.99 USD.
After some sync issues with Apple’s servers, I’m pleased to announce that version 2.0 of SpeakColorsHD, a speech therapy app for the iPad, is now available on the App Store. SpeakColorsHD is designed to encourage young children to imitate and use simple sentences using colors and photos of objects.
This update includes the following new features:
– Improved default voice.
– Male and female default voices.
– More types of sentences (9 total).
– Import your own photos.
– Add/Delete sentences.
– Change order of sentences.
– Option to display text below the photos and colors.
– Sentence elements are highlighted while the audio is played.
– While audio is playing, pressing other buttons or sentence elements do not cause other audio to play simultaneously.
– Ability to lock the screen.
– Import custom audio from SpeakColorsHD 1.2.
– Images optimized for iPad Retina Display
SpeakColorsHD 2.0 is available for the iPad for the introductory price of $2.99 USD (or equivalent in your country). Click here to view the app in the App Store.