LessonPix

I am branching out a little with this review, since LessonPix is an online tool not an app; however, I’m completely convinced that it will still be worth my readers’ time! Obviously, I love what tablets and phones can do in therapy–after all, I do devote hours each week to evaluating apps and sharing them with others. But I readily admit that sometimes an app just won’t do it. Sometimes an app isn’t available for a particular skill, or sometimes using a tablet/phone isn’t appropriate with a particular client, or sometimes it’s important that a different medium be used (e.g. when focusing on skills that require manipulation of a physical object). And sometimes *gasp* there is an app that could address a skill appropriately, but it’s not the best way to address it. Shocking, right? Of course not, because you are all wonderful critical thinkers who long ago realized that the iPad is an awesome tool, not a panacea. That said, the unfortunate thing about many non-app activities is how time-consuming lesson planning/preparing can become. Hopefully this review will help you make the process more efficient. Oh…and did I forget to mention there is a GIVEAWAY accompanying this review?? 😉 See the giveaway post for details on how to enter to win.

What It Is: An online tool for creating customized materials from an extensive clipart library.

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My Spelling Test

It’s the last day of Aphasia Awareness Month! It’s been a very fun month of giveaways, aphasia-related reviews, and comments from lovely readers sharing their opinions and uses of apps. Thanks for everyone who helped increase aphasia awareness this month. 🙂 I’m going to wrap it up by sharing my thoughts on an app that addresses spelling.

What It Is: A spelling test app by Funflip Studios.

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Comprehension TherAppy

To continue our celebration of National Aphasia Awareness Month, I am reviewing a great app that is specifically designed for adults with aphasia (but also can be used with children). In addition to the review, Speechie Apps is hosting its first app giveaway! Tactus Therapy has generously donated two promo codes for the Comprehension TherAppy app to the lucky winners. 🙂 Check out the giveaway post for more details on how to participate. (By the way, if you’re having trouble keeping up with all the speechie-related awareness months, SLP Echo just compiled a great list.)

What It Is: An app that addresses listening and reading comprehension by Tactus Therapy Solutions.

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Farmyard!

I found this app when I worked with a little boy whose life revolved around the three T’s: tractors, trucks, and trains. Here are some ways I have used it and my thoughts on its quality and usefulness.

What It Is: A farm scene with interactive animals, equipment, and people by Ubstar.

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The Little Engine That Could

Update (11/23/2012): Apparently this app has been taken off the iTunes store due to copyright issues.

What It Is: An interactive app version of the story of the same name by Watty Piper. This review is specifically of the app sold by XIMAD (there are several other version available on iTunes). Also, for Windows phone users, there apparently is a Windows version.

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Bag Game

Any of you #slpeeps involved in Twitter have probably seen this app touted as “the app that kids can’t play alone.” I was intrigued and, okay, a little skeptical. Thankfully, I downloaded it and was pleasantly surprised. 🙂

What It Is: Developer all4mychild‘s interesting spin on the game of 20 Questions.

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Cake Doodle

Because this app is so (intentionally) similar to the Cookie Doodle app, I debated whether or not it was appropriate to write a separate review for it. But then I realized that 1. it’s my birthday, so I get to do what I want 🙂 and 2. it’s going to be pretty hard for all of you to make me cakes all around the world, so I’d better make your lives easier by showing you a digital version. 😉 (Insert sigh of relief.) Enjoy your baking!

What It Is: A cake-making (and -decorating) app by Shoe the Goose (the same ones who made Cookie Doodle).

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