Today I am reviewing a fun new app Apraxia RainbowBee developed by Virtual Speech Center to enhance motor planning for children with speech production difficulties.
Similar to their other apps, on the first screen (featured left) the therapist can choose the option of customizing the app’s settings or viewing the informational video.
Next add the child’s name and chose the flashcards or a fun board game mode.
If you choose the flashcards, then a picture will pop up for the chosen phonemes. The child can be cued for sound production in a number of ways:
- Visual (movie)
- Tactile (the blue boxes under the picture show # number of syllables targeted)
You can switch cueing methods on the same screen. You also record the child’s response by tapping on one of 3 available buttons on the screen: green check = correct, red x =incorrect, and yellow=approximated sound. Correct responses are rewarded by bees on a plant on the left side of screen. When the child acquires acertain # of bees s/he gets to play a puzzle game.
If you chose the board game version then the child gets to choose a bee avatar on the left and then gets to the finish line by spinning a spinner. When the child lands on a lily pad a picture pops up and the child has to produce the desired syllable/word/phrase, etc.
The therapist can choose from several levels of complexity for both modes including:
- 2 syllable words
- 3 syllable words
- 3-7 word phrases
- Expanded sentences (e.g., The big cat; The big cat sleeps; The big cat sleeps on pillows)
You can edit all targets (add/remove words based on child’s needs) as well as select the number of stimulus trials for each level. In addition to using existing photos and videos from this app, you can also add your own images and record your own videos to individualize your therapy sessions.
I also really like the fact that in addition to hearing the presented syllables, words and phrases you can play a brief video for the child which shows the actual mouth production of the presented stimulus items.
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