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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