Today, 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.
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.)
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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