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SpeakColors Español

SpeakColors Español

We are very excited to introduce SpeakColors Español for the iPad! This new app is the Spanish version of our popular speech therapy app, SpeakColorsHD.

SpeakColors Español will be released world-wide on Thursday, September 12, 2013. Continue reading to learn more about SpeakColors Español.

*** Update 09/12/2013 ***
SpeakColors Español is now available on the App Store.

Educational Value

SpeakColors Español is more than a colors app and teaches valuable speech and language skills. SpeakColors Español can be used to improve the following:

  • Receptive and expressive vocabulary skills
  • Phrase length
  • Spoken sentences
  • Speech/Articulation skills
  • Fluency skills
  • Initiation and choice making skills for colors and objects

SpeakColors Español includes a huge amount of content. There are a total of 1175 sentences included in the app. There are 19 sentence types (including masculine and feminine forms) to provide new challenges as your child progresses.

Clean, Minimalist Design

The first thing you will notice when starting a session in SpeakColors Español, is the clean, minimalist design. During a speech therapy session, the focus should be on the learning. The clean design of the app helps minimize distractions.

The app is easy to use and child-friendly. Pick a color from the top of the screen. Pick a sentence type from the menu in the upper-left of the screen. Press on the text, color or object in the middle of the screen to hear a voice recording. Use the microphone to practice speaking and then playback to get immediate feedback. Swipe left or swipe right (or use arrow buttons) to change objects.

Professional Voice

Voice quality is very important in an app such as this. The sounds and words need to be properly modeled for the child to imitate. We are very happy to have Ana Paula G. Mumy, a trilingual Speech-Language Pathologist, provide her voice for the app. She has worked with children and adults in a variety of settings, specializing in articulation strategies, language and literacy, and bilingual issues. She has developed many therapy tools for both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking children of all ages. We think she has done an outstanding job on SpeakColors Español. Be sure to check out her web site at http://www.thespeechstop.com for resources for SLPs, educators and parents.

Real Photos

SpeakColors Español uses high quality photos of real food, animals, toys and common objects. 200 photos are included in the app. You can import photos from your Photo Library or use the built in camera to take photos.

Customizable

Each child has different goals. The customization options in SpeakColors Español helps you tailor the app to the needs of your child. Add new nouns, import photos and use the microphone to record your own voice. Customization can be a fun, educational activity to do with your child.

Summary

SpeakColors Español will be available for the iPad on Thursday, September 12, 2013 for $6.99 USD.

Here are five great reasons to love SpeakColors Español:

  1. Huge Educational Value
  2. Professional Spanish Voice
  3. Clean, minimalist, child-friendly design
  4. Photos of real animals, food, and toys
  5. Customizable to suit the goals of your child

This is a great app for bilingualism. We think Spanish-English speaking SLPs, teachers, parents and children will greatly benefit from SpeakColors Español. At the bottom of this post are some screenshots. For more information, please visit our SpeakColors web page or contact us.

Thank you for reading! If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please contact us; we would love to hear from you.

 

SpeakColors Español Screenshots (click to view larger image)

 
    avión amarillo     Choose Template    
 
    Como una fresa roja     Customize    
 

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Appy Back2School

Back To School

RWH Technology is proud to be a sponsor of Appy Back2School, hosted by the Appy Mall. The Appy Mall is a great resource for discovering educational apps for kids.

For Appy Back2School, SpeakColorsHD is on sale for $1.99 USD (regular price $3.99 USD). SpeakColorsHD is an iPad app designed to help young children improve their receptive and expressive vocabulary skills, increase phrase length, improve articulation skills, and more. We have been working on a Spanish version and next month we will release SpeakColors Español. Click here to learn more.

Speech Cards Pro is on sale for $6.99 USD (regular price $9.99 USD). Speech Cards is a customizable flashcards app for creating your own vocabulary, articulation, and other types of cards. It features data tracking for keeping scores of your students. It also has the ability to export/import cards, so you can share with your friends and colleagues. Speech Cards is available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Click here to learn more.

Our Back2School sale prices are effective August 23 – 25, 2013.

There are many good deals to be found in the Appy Back2School Store, so check it out. Also, keep an eye out for a SpeakColorsHD giveaway on the Appy Mall Facebook page.

SpeakColorsHD - Available on the App Store
$3.99 $1.99
Speech Cards Pro - Available on the App Store
$9.99 $6.99

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Speech Cards 1.1.2 Now Available

Speech Cards version 1.1.2 is now available for download! This version includes new features to help school-based Speech-Language Pathologists. Read all about the new features by following this link:
http://rwhtechnology.com/blog/speech-cards-for-school-based-slps

Speech Cards is compatible with the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch and requires iOS 5.1 or above. Download Speech Cards Professional and Speech Cards Lite on the Apple App Store. App Store Reviews greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Speech Cards for School-Based SLPs

School may be out for the summer, but we have been working on some exciting new features to help school-based Speech-Language Pathologists. A survey by ASHA found that the median caseload of a school-based SLP (in the USA) was 47 students. Without adequate support, managing such a large number of students in an app can be difficult. Speech Cards is a very versatile iOS app as it can be customized to suit the goals of a wide range of students. We are very excited to share with you, the new features of Speech Cards version 1.1.2, designed to help school-based SLPs.

Unlimited Students

Speech Cards now supports an unlimited number of students. This will enable you to keep the scores and recordings for all your students in the app, without having to delete. Store reports for your all your past, current and future students.

Search

Save time looking for students with the new Search feature. Simply tap in the search box and start typing the name of a student. Results appear instantly. Tap on a search result to select the student. Less waiting and start sessions sooner with Search.

Speech Cards - Search

Organized Student List

Find the student you are looking for with the help of the organized Student List. The names of students are organized into alphabetical sections. Last Names are displayed in bold font to help you visually process the list.

Use the new alphabetical index to quickly navigate from one section to another. For example, if you are currently looking at the students in section “A”, tap on the “Y” index to quickly jump down to section “Y”.

Speech Cards - Student List

Group Sessions

Speech Cards has had support for group sessions since the first version. We’ve made group sessions better by removing the limits on how many students can be added to a group session. Speech Cards now supports any size of group you may have.

Speech Cards - Group Session

Pricing and Availability

Speech Cards 1.1.2 will be available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, exclusively through the Apple App Store. The planned release date for version 1.1.2 is the week of July 1, 2013. The price for the Professional version is $9.99 USD (or equivalent in other currencies). We are proud to be participating in the Apple Volume Purchase Program, which enables educational institutions to purchase our apps at a discount. We also offer a Lite version, so you may try Speech Cards for free.

*** Update 07/01/2013 ***
Speech Cards 1.1.2 is now available for download. Click the links below to visit the Apple App Store:
Speech Cards Professional
Speech Cards Lite

Summary

For version 1.1.2, we focused on the details of the Student Lists. Here are four more great reasons to love Speech Cards:

  1. Support for Unlimited Number of Students
  2. Save time with Student Search
  3. Organized Student Lists with Bold Last Names, Alphabetical Sections and Alphabetical Section Index
  4. Support for any size of Group

We think school-based SLPs will greatly benefit from these new features. For more information, please visit our Speech Cards web page or contact us.

Thank you for reading! If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please contact us; we would love to hear from you. Have a great summer everyone! We hope to see you at the ASHA Schools Convention in Long Beach, California, July 12-14.

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SpeakColorsHD Review by SpeechBlogUK

SpeakColorsHD
Check out SpeechBlogUK for a review of SpeakColorsHD.

Elizabeth (SpeechBlogUK) writes:
“This app is designed for increasing vocabulary skills, phrase length and receptive and expressive language. I have found it useful for all these things and more! It is a very versatile app and is very easy to customise and use.”

Click here to read the full review and learn some practical uses for SpeakColorsHD in speech therapy.

Thank you Elizabeth for the review!

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Better Hearing And Speech Month

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. This annual event raises public awareness about speech, language and hearing disorders and promotes treatment that can improve the quality of life for those affected. Our apps are co-designed by a Speech-Language Pathologist and we are working with a second Speech-Language Pathologist to develop an app in Spanish. We keep those with special needs in mind when designing our apps.

Since May 1, Speech Cards Professional has been on sale. We are extending the sale until May 12, 2013.

Earlier this week, Speech Cards Professional was featured on Smart Apps 4 Kids as part of a list of discounted/free apps for Better Hearing and Speech Month.

Also, please check out our recently updated SpeakColorsHD.

For more information on Better Hearing and Speech Month, please visit the ASHA web site.

Thank you.


Better Hearing and Speech Month
Image Credit: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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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 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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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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