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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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Welcome Ana Paula!

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!

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Our Booth At CSHA 2013

The RWH Technology team attended the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention in Long Beach, March 7-9, 2013. This annual event brings together over 1400 speech-language pathologists and audiologists from all over the state. This was our first experience exhibiting at a conference. We had a lot of fun, received excellent feedback, met some great contacts, and learned a lot. This article will discuss some of the items we used for our booth.

RWH Technology Team at CSHA 2013

The CSHA 2013 exhibit hall opened March 7, but our preparations began 2 months earlier. Exhibitor registration included an 8’x10′ draped booth, with a table, two chairs and a basic sign. We wanted our booth to stand out and help bring in visitors, so we ordered a number of items.

Colorful horizontal and vertical banners provided a background for our booth. We made the designs in Illustrator and ordered the banners from Staples:

  • 8′ x 2.5′ Horizontal Banner
  • 2.5′ x 6′ Vertical Banner

At the back of our booth was a black cloth and a metal frame. We attached the horizontal banner to the metal frame using rope and hooks.

We attached the vertical banner to a Signworld 33″ Retractable Banner Stand. As noted in the reviews on Amazon.com, if the pin is pulled, the banner will retract with great force. Lucky for us, the top part of the banner slipped out and no damage was done. If the banner was properly attached, it would have ripped. We decided that pulling the pin was too dangerous and instead we would carefully roll the banner up ourselves. We had some trouble with the top part of the banner slipping out, so we used superglue to keep it in place.

Signworld 33″ Retractable Banner Stand

Signworld 33" Retractable Banner Stand

A blue table throw with the RWH Technology logo covered the plain black/white table.

We demonstrated Speak Colors and Speech Cards on an iPad 3. To minimize the risk of someone walking off with our iPad, we used a Kingston SecureBack Security Case and Lock, which is compatible with the iPad 4, iPad 3 and iPad 2. It was very easy to setup and worked well for us. Although we didn’t try dropping the iPad and noone tried to steal it.

Kingston SecureBack Security Case and Lock

Kensington SecureBack Security Case and Lock for iPad 4 with Retina Display, New iPad (3rd Gen) and iPad 2

In addition to business cards, we also provided colorful postcards of Speak Colors and Speech Cards so visitors to our booth could take information about the apps home. We made the designs in Illustrator and ordered the postcards from Staples.

Postcard Front

Speech Cards Postcard

Postcard Back

Speech Cards Postcard - Back

For freebies, we provided 0.5 oz bottles of hand sanitizer and candy.

Hand Sanitizer

We had a draw for a variety of items, including iTunes Gift Cards and free copies of our apps. Attendees could enter the draw by placing their business card in a box. We had some blank cards for people to fill out in case they did not have a business card. For the draw box, we used a plastic container and cut a hole in the lid. A small sign with a description of the draw was attached to complete the draw box.

Draw Box

Long Beach is just a two hour drive from our headquarters in San Diego. We easily fit everything into the car. A large suite case should fit all the items if we were to fly to a convention.

CSHA 2013 was fantastic! Demonstrating the apps to the attendees was very enjoyable. It was very motivating to meet and talk to users of our apps. We received a number of excellent ideas to make our apps better. We will try to implement some of those ideas over the next few months. It was a pleasure to meet other app developers, including 123apps4Me and JOTx. We greatly appreciate the efforts of the CSHA 2013 Convention Committee for organizing the event.

Are you attending any conferences related to speech therapy, education, special needs or technology this year? Please leave a comment below and let us know. Thank you.

Long Beach Convention Center long-beach-convention-center-1

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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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SpeakColorsHD Tutorial – Part 1

This is a tutorial for the SpeakColorsHD app. SpeakColorsHD uses colors and photos of objects to help children improve their speech and language skills. SpeakColorsHD is available for the iPad in the App Store. In this tutorial you will learn about the basic functionality of the app. A future tutorial will show how to customize.


SpeakColorsHD

Press on the large colored square or photo to hear a voice recording of the color or object. For example, when the large yellow square is pressed a voice recording will say “yellow”. When the photo of the flower is pressed, a voice recording will say “flower”.

Practice speaking At 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.


SpeakColorsHD

SpeakColorsHD includes 9 sentence types to choose from. Press on the white button in the upper-left to reveal the choices. Press on a choice to select it.


SpeakColorsHD

7 Colors are included. Press the colored-squares along the top of the screen to work on sentences with that color.


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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Fun Educational Activities for Kids

Looking for fun educational activities for kids? Below are a few ideas. Speech and language exercises can be incorporated into many activities. Ask questions or describe details of the activity to work on vocabulary, articulation, categorization and other skills.

Doodle 4 Google ‘13
Doodle 4 Google
Google is looking for their next doodler! The annual Doodle 4 Google contest invites kids to redesign the Google Home Page. The contest is open to K-12 students in the US.
http://www.google.com/doodle4google

Home Depot Workshops for Kids
Home Depot Workshops for Kids
Home Depot has free activities for kids on the first Saturday of every month. This upcoming Saturday (February 2, 2013), build a Valentine Card Holder.
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog/servlet/ContentView?pn=HT_WS_KidsWorkshops&storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053

Cooking up Good Speech
Cooking Up Good Speech
This site combines two of my favorite things, food and speech! Cooking Up Good Speech has activities that combine cooking with speech therapy. The link below goes to a recipe for making pizza with tortillas and activities for learning /t/ and /p/ sounds. There are many other fun, delicious recipes too.
http://speechsnacks.com/2011/09/tortilla-pizza-with-speech-snacks-for-t-and-p/

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Free Deck to Practice Describing and Categorizing Skills

Practice describing - A pig, cow and a horse are

One of the best features of Speech Cards is that you can share your creations with others and expand your library of cards. This video shows how cards and decks can be exported and imported in Speech Cards.

Practice describing and categorizing skills with this free deck for Speech Cards. Ten cards are included with categories such as animals, fruit and emotions. The cards feature colorful pictures and audio. Each card has a text prompt with a fill-in-the-blank format, such as “A pig, cow and horse are ___”.

The Categories deck for Speech Cards can be downloaded from the Downloads page.

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