Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Apraxia Ville: Review and Giveaway!

Smarty Ears has done it again!  They have brought out another awesome app, Apraxia Ville!  This app is designed to target childhood apraxia or severe phoneme production difficulties.  It has a farm theme that is really cute, that I know my students are going to love.  Sorry in advance, this is a long post, but I really wanted to detail all of the great features of this app!  Also, there is a GIVEAWAY at the end!


I highly recommend the video tutorial under the support section.  Barbara Fernandez walks you through the entire app and gives great directions on how to navigate the app. 

This app starts out very similarly to other Smarty Ears apps.  Students can be entered into the app by clicking on "New Player", entering their name, and selecting a picture or avatar.  You can also import this information from Therapy Report Center, their free data collection app.


After you select your student, you will click next and select from three different activities.

The first activity is called "The Sound Windows."  This activity targets sound production only.  When you open the activity, there are two barn windows.  One window has an avatar of a boy, and ones window has an avatar of a girl.  The male avatar presents consonant sounds.  The female avatar presents vowel sounds.  When you touch the avatar, you can see and hear the production of the sound.  There is a small pepper slider that is located under each window.  This slider can be used to slow down the video production of the sound.  The consonant or vowel sound can be changed by touching the letter and selecting a new sound that appears in a sliding window.
There is a fun feature that is available on this activity.  In the top right corner of each window, there is a camera.  You can tap this camera icon to turn your ipad camera into a mirror.  The app suggests that you need an iPad 3 or higher, but I have an iPad 2 and it worked just fine.  Students are able to see themselves producing the sounds.

The next activity is called "The Farm House."  This activity targets single syllable words.  There are two levels in this activity.  Level 1 targets CV and VC words.  Level 2 targets CVC words.  There are a variety of sound groups you can choose from in this activity.  You are able to customize the consonant and vowel sounds that you will target.  There are twelve different groups of consonants as well as ten different vowel sounds.  If you have used this activity with a user before, you can tap on a button that repeats your previous selection of sounds.




When you open this activity, you will see a barn with its front doors wide open.  There is a picture in the doors that contains the target words.  When you touch the picture, it pronounces the word.  On the top of the barn are windows that contain your users.  This is where you will keep data.  Simply tap on the user you want to track, and you will be able to mark words as correct, incorrect, or almost there. The pictures in the doors will change to the sounds that you chose to target for each different student.  There are also two windows on the side of the barn.  These windows have the avatars that were used for sound production.  Students may review the sounds here.  There is a record and playback feature within this activity.


The third activity in Apraxia Ville is called "The Words Farm.  This activity focuses on stringing together two words with specific phonemes and patterns.  You may choose two or three words at a time.  Pictures of your targeted words are presented in a row, and students are able to touch a green play button to hear the words produced correctly.  They are also able to record and playback their own productions.  The data collection in this activity is very similar to that in "The Farm House" activity.

When your students are done with each activity, you press the "Done" button, and it will take you to a report page.  This will give you all of the data that was collected from the activity.  It provides the student name, date, activity, targeted phonemes, syllable structure, and accuracy.  This information can be emailed or exported to Therapy Report Center.

There is a really great new feature on this app, that I know I am going to love.  You are able to create a homework page to send home based on your session.  You simply press the "Homework" button to create a homework page that can be printed or emailed to you or the student's parents.  This is a great way to reinforce these productions at home!

What do I think?
I really like this app.  I love all of the customizations you are able to do with the sounds at a variety of levels.  The data collection is great, and it is compatible with Therapy Report Center.  I love the homework page that is able to be sent. 

Overall: I would recommend Apraxia Ville which is currently listed for $21.99.  Or, you can go below and win it in my GIVEAWAY!!!!

** I was provided with a copy of this app by Smarty Ears in order to complete this review.  I was not compensated in any other way for the review.  Thank you Smarty Ears for giving me this opportunity!



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35 comments:

  1. Yes! I would definitely use this app with my clients with CAS. I love the opportunity to print homework pages - what a great feature! Thanks for the opportunity to learn more about this app and possibly win a copy!

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  2. I have a client coming next week on my caseload. Who is a perfect candidate to try this app with.

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  3. I would use this app with some of my hearing impaired children.

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  4. I could definitely use this! I have a preschool student who presents with severe apraxia and who is very hard to motivate enough to get multiple productions. This would certainly help with that.

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  5. I have several little guys who I'd love to try this with!

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  6. I definitely have students I could use the app with! Would LOVE to win it!

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  7. I would love this app for a couple of my students with CAS. One of them really needs the motivation! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. Yes this is an app I could use with my students. Looks motivating and love the homework option.

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  9. Yes, this is an app which I would love to be able to use with my students! It looks very engaging and on target!

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  10. I could definitely use this app with my students! :)

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  11. yes i would work with many students

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  12. The majority of my caseload could use this app and it looks like fun so I won't have to hear, "I'm bored!"

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  13. I have been looking into purchasing this app! I have several clients who would benefit from this!

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  14. I have a few clients that would be great to try this with...and another one starting next week! --Cassandra

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  15. I would be able to use this app daily as I have many students that it would benefit.

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  16. I've been eyeing this since it became available. I have so many kiddos that this app would be great for!!!

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  17. My students have such a variety of goals that i'm sure i could use it with many of them

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  18. This app looks amazing and I cant wait to try it out.

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  19. I could DEFINITELY use this with my students!

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  20. I would love to use this with my Apraxia clients to make therapy more fun!

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  21. I think this would be a great app to use with my apraxia kids in speech therapy. I'm always looking for new ways to jazz up how we work together!

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  22. I would definitely use this app with several students! I have a couple of students with apraxia and my prek kiddos would enjoy it too!

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  23. This looks like a great app! I would absolutely use this with several students on my caseload. Thanks for the chance!

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  24. I would definitely like to use this app with a few kids. Seems very motivating!


    Oh, How Pintearesting!

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  25. I absolutely could use this app with my students! I have several who would benefit greatly from an app like this.

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  26. Homework pages are awesome! As an early childhood SLP an app like this would be sooo useful with so many of my kiddos! Thanks for the in-depth review!

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  27. Yes I would definitely use this app. Smarty Ears apps are awesome.

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  28. I think that this looks sooo cute!!

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  29. Thanks for the review, looks like a great app. Love Smarty Ears apps.

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  30. Sounds like a great resource to use with my EI kids.

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  31. I am a private SLP and am incorporating the IPAD into my sessions both for rewards, articulation and language skills! This would be amazing for my clients with Apraxia! This would be an amazing app for many purposes! So motivating!

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  32. This looks wonderful! All speechies should know about it!

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  33. I have so many kids that would love this app. Looks so fun!

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  34. I have multiple students on my caseload with a diagnosis of CAS. This app would be amazing to have! Thanks for offering a giveaway!

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  35. I have 3 kids who have CAS and would benefit from this! It looks really engaging for all the preschoolers I work with!

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