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Apps for Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Apraxia Awareness Day

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.

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SpeakColorsHD 2.1.0

SpeakColorsHD

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

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Speech Cards Tip: Save Student Voice Recordings

Speech Cards includes a button to record the voice of your student practicing their speech. The practice voice recordings are saved to the session report and can be listened to later for further review.

This tip demonstrates how to save student voice recordings and then listen to them from a saved report. The screenshots are from the iPad version, but the same steps apply to the iPhone and iPod Touch.

1. During the session, use the microphone button at the bottom of the screen to record the student’s voice.

Speech Cards

2. After the session is complete, a summary of the results is displayed. Press the green, Keep button to save the results, including the audio recordings.

Speech Cards - Session Results

3. Go to the Reports screen and select a student to show a list of Session Summaries.

Speech Cards - Session Summary

4. Tap on a session summary to show the Detailed Session Report.

5. On the Detailed Session Report screen, under the Audio column, are play buttons. Press a play button to listen to the saved voice recording. Please note that if a card does not have a play button, then there are no voice recordings for that particular card.

Speech Cards - Detailed Session Report

Thank you for reading. Please contact us if you have any questions. Do you have an idea for a tip or tutorial you would like to see? Please let us know by leaving a comment or emailing us.

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Speech Cards Tip: Bing Image Search

One of the highlights of Speech Cards is that it is customizable. Did you you know that you can use Bing Image Search to discover and import photos into Speech Cards? Bing Image Search allows you to search through billions of pictures, photos and images from all over the Web. Use Bing Image Search to help you create your own speech and language cards from within Speech Cards. Bing Image Search is available in Speech Cards Professional and Speech Cards Lite with Professional Upgrade.

This tip will demonstrate how to use Bing Image Search from within Speech Cards. The screenshots are from the iPad version, but the same steps apply to the iPhone and iPod Touch.

1. Go to Customize and add or select a card to modify.

2. Tap on the picture or grey square area to pop up a menu. From the popup menu, select Bing Images.

Speech Cards - Photo Popup Menu

3. Type a query into the box and press the Search button. If the search is taking too long, you can cancel, by tapping anywhere on the screen. When Bing is finished searching, the results are displayed. Swipe up or down to view more results.

Speech Cards - Bing Image Search Results

4. Tap on a search result to download. If the download is taking too long, you can cancel, by tapping anywhere on the screen.

5. When the image has downloaded, you can crop the image. Drag your finger across the image to move it. Pinch your fingers together to zoom out. Un-pinch your fingers to zoom in. Press OK when done cropping.

Speech Cards - Bing Image Crop

6. Final image is displayed.

Speech Cards - Bing Final

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Speech Cards 1.1.1

Speech Cards - Bing Image Search

Speech Cards version 1.1.1 is now available! The highlight of this update is Bing Image Search. Now you can search for images from within the app and import them, making it even easier to create any vocabulary or articulation card you can imagine!

Learn more about all the improvements in version 1.1.1 in our previous blog post here.

Speech Cards is available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch on the App Store.

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Bing Image Search

Speech Cards - Bing Image Search

Since the first release of Speech Cards last fall, we have had many requests to add the ability to import photos from Google Images or Bing Images. We are very happy to announce that the next update (version 1.1.1) will include Bing Image Search. Access to millions of images will give you the ability to create any card you can imagine! We plan to release the update next week, pending approval by Apple.

Why Bing? Both Bing and Google provide APIs that give excellent search results. Google allows 100 free searches per day, while Bing allows 5000 free searches per month. After the free search allotment is used up, access to the search results are either cut off or a fee must be paid. Based on our user count, we determined that Bing had the best rate for us.

Other changes/fixes are included in this update.

While at CSHA 2013, we noticed many people would press the previous or next buttons many times once the first or last card had been reached. Once you are at the beginning or end of the card list, it is no longer necessary to press the previous or next buttons. To provide a visual cue that you have reached the beginning or end of the card list, the PREVIOUS/NEXT buttons are hidden.

Since version 1.1.0, Speech Cards has been compatible with the iPhone. Through more rigorous testing, we found some issues on iPhones with iOS 5. Version 1.1.1 also includes:

  • Fixed issues in the Reports and Customize screens that could cause the app to crash on iPhones with iOS 5.
  • Fixed screen rotation issues on the “Card List”, “Students In Session”, and “Store” screens on iPhones with iOS 5.

We would like to thank all our customers for purchasing Speech Cards. Thank you for suggesting Bing Image Search. We hope this new feature helps you to create new and exciting cards! We highly value suggestions and comments from our customers because we want to make our apps help people improve their speech and language skills as much as possible. Do you have a suggestion for Speech Cards? If so, please leave a comment or send us an email.

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Speech Cards Tutorial – Part 1

This is a tutorial for the Speech Cards app. Speech Cards is an easy to use, customizable and versatile app for improving speech and language skills. Speech Cards is available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch on the App Store. In this tutorial you will learn about the basic functionality of the app. This tutorial uses the iPad version of the app in the examples. A future tutorial will show how to customize.



Speech Cards - Home

Speech Cards Professional includes 4 decks of cards. On the Home Screen, press on a deck to select it. Multiple decks can be selected. Swipe left or right to navigate to additional decks if they have been added.

StudentsScores for up to 30 students can be tracked. Students can be added and selected on the Students Screen. Press the blue Students button at the bottom of the Home Screen to show the Students Screen.

StartWhen you have selected your students and decks of cards, press on the green Start button to begin the session.



Speech Cards

Each card shows text and a picture. Press on the text or picture to play a voice recording. In the example above, the voice recording will say “dog”.

Practice speakingAt the bottom of the screen is a microphone to record your student practicing their speech.

Listen to Practice RecordingsTo the right of the microphone is a button for playing back the student’s practice recording. Please note that the play button is hidden until a recording is made with the microphone.

Navigate to other photos by swiping left or right on the screen or by pressing the left or right arrow buttons.



Speech Cards - Multiple Students Per Session

Student SelectorSpeech Cards Professional supports multiple students per session. Click on the person button in the upper right to quickly change students.

Keep score for each student. Full, zero and partial marks can be given.

Full Score Zero Score Partial Score

Practice speakingStudent practice recordings are automatically saved to the report for the session.



Speech Cards - Session Summary

At the end of the session, a Session Summary is displayed showing the students and their scores.



Speech Cards - Detailed Reports

View Detailed Session Reports for each student. Add notes and listen to practice recordings. Reports can be e-mailed as a PDF. Access this screen by pressing the Reports button on the Home screen.


Thank you for reading. Please check out the Frequently Asked Questions page for some additional information. Contact Us if you have any questions.

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Practice First Words and Farm Vocabulary

Farm Deck for Speech Cards

Practice First Words and Farm Vocabulary/Animal Sounds with two FREE decks for Speech Cards.

Each deck contains 10 cards with text, colorful pictures and voice recordings. The First Words deck contains cards such as “apple”, “banana”, “cat”, and “juice”. The Farm deck contains cards such as “cow”, “horse”, and “tractor”.

The First Words and Farm decks for Speech Cards can be downloaded from the Downloads page.

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Speech Cards Version 1.1.0 Released

We are happy to announce that Speech Cards version 1.1.0 has been released. With this update, Speech Cards is now available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch! Speech Cards helps children with special needs, such as autism, improve their vocabulary, articulation and other communication skills. The app can be tailored to the needs of individual students with customizable text, pictures and audio. Click here to learn more.

Speech Cards App

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Speech Cards Update 1.0.3

Speech Cards version 1.0.3 is now available for download on the App Store. This update is for both the Professional and Lite versions of Speech Cards. The update includes the following:

  • Crop photos.
  • Take photos using the built-in camera.
  • Increased maximum number of decks from 24 to 32 (in Professional version and Lite version with Professional Upgrade).
  • Increased maximum number of students from 12 to 30 (in Professional version and Lite version with Professional Upgrade).
  • Students are listed in alphabetical order in the Reports screen.
  • Improved app stability while in the Reports screen.

Today is Cyber Monday and Speech Cards Professional is on sale for only $1.99 USD.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speech-cards-professional/id560581911?mt=8

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