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App Review and Giveaway: Listening Power Preschool HD by Hamaguchi

image1Today, I am very excited to review the Listening Power Preschool HD recently released by Hamaguchi for children ~3.5 + years of age  with a focus on improving language processing and listening comprehension.

This app consists of 5  levels of increasing complexity.   Each of its five levels contains “easy”,  “intermediate”, and “advanced” options and can be set up to offer choices of two, three, or four answers in the form of pictures. Additionally if you turn on the “text” feature, the app can be used to improve decoding as well as reading comprehension in older children. 
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1. The Listening for Descriptions  portion requires the child  to identify (via tapping) pictures containing a variety of attributes/adjectives  (e.g., colors, big/little, happy/sad, clean/dirty, hold/cold, stripes, spots, soft/hard, round, square, etc.)

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2. The Listening for Directions portion requires the child  to identify (via tapping) pictures containing a variety of  prepositional concepts ( e.g., on, in, out, on, out, up, down, behind, line up, sit down, stop, underline, cross out, underline, etc.)

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3. The Listening for Grammar & Meaning portion requires the child  to identify (via tapping) pictures containing a variety of  grammar markers including plurals, verb tenses, pronouns, preposition concepts, negation, etc.

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4. Listening for Stories with Pictures portion requires the child  to listen to a story with accompanying pictures and sound effects,  and then answer: who, what, and where questions.

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5. Listening for Stories without Pictures  portion of the app is the most difficult level as it requires the child  to listen to a story without  accompanying pictures and then answer questions about the story (an animation after the story does show select aspects of the story).

The app takes detailed data on the child’s performance which can be displayed for parent/clinician as well as emailed. It’s pop-up reward animations are engaging for the children.   It also has a “bubble game” as a fun break activity.

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The app is suitable for both individual and group play. Furthermore, all the stories from the app are available in the PDF format to download and review.

I have used it with wide range of preschool and kindergarten aged children with a variety of linguistically based difficulties and low cognitive abilities with great success. I have also used it with older children 7-10 years of age with developmental disabilities and genetic syndromes with great success by selecting the “easy” option and 2 visual picture choices. For a cost of $15.99 (on Itunes), the app provides a fairly cost effective option for improving language processing abilities of young children.

Thanks to the generosity of Hamaguchi Apps you can enter my Rafflecopter giveaway to win two free app codes.

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6 thoughts on “App Review and Giveaway: Listening Power Preschool HD by Hamaguchi

  1. Looks like this would be great for the students in my two classrooms for children with intellectual disabilities, as well as for my kindergartners!

  2. This would be great for my speech students and for our summer speech camp!

  3. I have a lot of preschoolers on my caseload and this would work well for many of them!

  4. I have lots of preschoolers on my caseload who would benefit from this app. In particular, patients with ASD respond really well to the Hamaguchi apps. I work at a nonprofit that has no budget for apps. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  5. I have several children on my caseload working on language processing and who respond well to apps (especially Hamaguchi apps). Would love to have this app to add into the mix for therapy. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  6. I will have a high preschool population next year and this would be a great app to use with them! I love Hamaguchi apps 🙂 thanks for the giveaway

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