Appy New Year from Speechie Apps: My Top 10 Apps of 2014

10537900_10101501552134624_704772621593102184_oAppy almost new year from Speechie Apps! We’re getting ready to kick off 2015, but it would be a shame to ignore all the great apps we SLPs used in 2014. To celebrate, is hosting an “Expert Linky Party” (click to see details) with a great group of app review bloggers from around the world. We’re all sharing our top 10 apps we’ve used and recommended in 2014. This is a brief compilation of the ones I personally have been using and showing the most at work and in presentations over the past year, in no particular order…

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Sunny Articulation & Phonology Test

My under-18 caseload has been significantly limited the past few months, so I haven’t been reviewing many children’s apps. However, I did use this app to assess several kids, and I wanted to share my thoughts!

App: Sunny Articulation & Phonology Test

What It Is: An app for assessing articulation and phonological abilities by Smarty Ears.

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Several weeks ago, there was a discussion within the SLPs Talk Apps group about various wh questions apps and the similarities/differences in what they had to offer. With that discussion in mind, I want to share my thoughts on this Smarty Ears app so that you can make up your mind about which app would best meet your needs! Look back at my review of the Super Duper wh questions app if you want to compare. I have also outlined some similarities/differences at the end of this post and included some thoughts on which app might be best for different users.

App: WhQuestions

What It Is: An app for addressing answering wh questions by Smarty Ears (developer) and Barbara Fernandes (author).

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Profile of Phonological Awareness (Pro-Pa)

Happy New Year, SLPeeps! Let’s kick it off with a review of a rare type of app: an SLP assessment tool!

App: Profile of Phonological Awareness (Pro-Pa)

What It Is: An app for assessing phonological awareness skills (rhyming, blending, isolating, segmenting, deleting, and substituting) by Smarty Ears (developer) and Tanya Coyle (creator).

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Guest Post: Dysphagia2Go

Note from Speechie Apps: I am SO excited to have Tiffani Wallace of Dysphagia Ramblings guest blogging today! Tiffani is an SLP in an acute care hospital, the go-to expert on dysphagia in Twitter’s world of #slpeeps, and an app co-author. This post marks a couple different “firsts” for Speechie Apps: first guest blogger and first time having an app author explain her own app. The field of dysphagia is both complex and specific, and an unfortunate few apps have been developed for this area, so I was thrilled when Tiffani graciously agreed to this review. I think it provides a unique perspective that I would not be able to offer my readers by myself. She has given a wonderfully detailed description of the background of the app’s development, how the app works, tips on how to use it most successfully, and even a “cons” section! I can’t wait to hear what my readers think. Anyhow, enough of my blabbing! Check out her thoughts, give her and other readers some feedback, and DEFINITELY go buzz around her blog

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