Speech Stickers App review and Giveaway!
Next up in the May Giveaways to celebrate Apraxia Awareness Day May 14th is an app I literally use every week called Speech Stickers. Carol Fast, the creator, is awesome, and she’s always updating this app with more sounds and combinations.
Speech Stickers is the first app that I downloaded for Ashlynn (my daughter with apraxia) when she had first turned three. I chose it because it was cheap, and said it was developed for children with apraxia. The app is simple in design with not a lot of bells and whistles; however, my daughter loved practicing her speech with this app.
The app is set up for kids in the very early stage of apraxia therapy. The child can practice sounds in isolation and in CV(consonant-vowel) and VC(vowel-consonant) combos. The app is based around blocked practice with a lot of repetition that is necessary for apraxia therapy.
After you pick your sound or sound combo, you can then decide how many times times the child has to say it before they get a “sticker” or a little animation as a reward. Then, the child chooses between five characters on the bottom, all of which have a different pitch to their voice. This is a bonus too, because children with apraxia have difficulty with “prosody” or the melody of speech. The characters’ mouths model the correct placement. The above picture is showing ‘m.’ Below the characters are modeling ‘mo.’ This is also great because it gives the kids a visual cue for the correct mouth posture.
A scoring bar at the top help score and keep track of data. You must press the green check or the red x to move onto the next practice sound. The app is designed so that the bar can also turn upside down so that the therapist can discreetly score; however, my daughter picked up on this in a heartbeat and would push the buttons haphazardly just so she could move on! Once you reach the set number you earn a “sticker” or reward. You can choose from eight stickers seen below:
They are so simple, but my daughter loved them. I chose the bus just so you can get an idea of the animation.
It has been almost three years since I have used this app for Ashlynn, but the app lives on with all of my clients! Kids of all ages and disabilities LOVE this app.
I have a 5th grade boy with Down Syndrome who laughs every time he earns a sticker and watches the animation.
I have a 3 year old who loves picking the alien because it reminds him of a popular TV show right now “The Octonauts!”
I could go on! Really, I can’t say enough about this app, and when I reached out to the creator Carol Fast MSPA, CCC-SLP I realized why this app is soo good. Here are some comments from her:
“It’s truly been a labor of love for me and I’m always gratified to find that other SLPs appreciate what we do. I’m glad that you found Speech Stickers to be helpful for your daughter and other students. I work mostly with preschoolers and have found a special interest and passion in my little nonverbal CAS kids. I really love helping find their true voice. This is probably the most rewarding work I’ve done in over 30 years as an SLP.”
Thank you Carol! Thank you for your passion for working with kids who have CAS and for a great app that allows us to get a lot of repetitions of targeted syllable shapes in a fun and engaging way for the kids.
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