I’ve been looking for a new problem solving app for my pediatric clients for a while, so I was excited when a colleague suggested I checkout “Conversation TherAppy” by Tactus Therapy Solutions. I had previously overlooked their apps because I thought that they were primarily designed for adults with aphasia. However, after I read Conversation TherAppy’s description I saw that the app can actually be used with both teens and elementary aged children to target a variety of important language related skills. Here’s how it works.
Begin with setting up profiles for groups or individual students on the main page or watch a video tutorial first for optimum navigation.
Adjust the settings to target your age group. You can choose from children, teens, or adults.
You can also customize your list of topics. I highly recommend this option for all age groups, as there may be topics in certain categories not appropriate to your clients present needs.
Finished customizing? Here are the skills you can target (which you can also modify based on need):
Describing – The user describes what is happening in the photo
Defining– The user must produce a definition to a presented word
Remembering – The user is asked to recall upon previous experience related to the photo
Deciding-The user answers a question and explains his/her point of view
Feeling – The user is asked how he/she might feel in a particular situation
Inferring– The user is asked to make an inference about the photo
Predicting – The user is asked to predict what will happen next
Narrating – The photo is used as an oral/written story starter
Evaluating -The user has to evaluate information pertaining to the photo
Brainstorming – The user is asked to name at least 3 items within a category pertinent to the photo
Once you are finished, you can view the results for the users and decide what you’d like to do with them (e.g., email to self or parent).
Need to see results of past sessions of multiple users? Pop on over to the User Hub and look them over.
Why I like this app:
- Clear video tutorial
- Use of real life photos
- Use of app with groups of children
- High customability of the app (including adjusting the number of trials, sounds, links, languages, as well as categories, and questions options)
- Emailing session results (great for sharing with parents/other professionals)
- Use of app to target a huge variety of language skills pertaining to listening comprehension, verbal expression, verbal reasoning, and social pragmatic language skills.
- Use of app with wide variety of ages ranging from children to geriatrics
Specs at a glance:
- Devices: iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, & iPod touch
- Goal targets: Verbal Reasoning, Describing, Inferencing, Predicting, Divergent Categorization, Defining, Justifying Opinions, Narrative Production, Pragmatics, Social Skills, etc
- Pediatric populations: Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, Specific Language Impairment, Psychiatric Impairments, Learning Disabilities and Language Disorders, Limited English Proficiency, etc.
- Content: Real Life Photos with questions pertaining to variety of skills (see below)
- Features: Individual & Group Modes, Data Tracking, Score Reporting
- Languages: English, Portuguese, French & Zulu
- Ages: Tactus suggests ages 9+ however it can be used selectively with younger children (e.g., 7-8 yrs)
You can find this app on iTunes for $24.99 or thanks to the folks over at Tactus you can enter my Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance of winning 1 of 2 app copies.
Disclaimer: Please note that after the contest’s completion the winners will be announced on the Smart Speech Therapy LLC Facebook Page as well as named by the Rafflecopter app embedded in the blog post. Due to the amount of giveaways and contests run by Smart Speech Therapy LLC, winners will NOT be individually notified by email. Failure to claim your prize within a 3 day period following the contest’s completion will result in the forfeit of your prize.