Recently I was contacted by Jonathan at Smarty Ears about reviewing two of their apps to target reading skills. Since the majority of my caseload is preschool, I asked Jonathan if he would agree to let one of my co-workers use the apps and write the reviews. He was kind enough to agree.
This review is written by Jennifer Malloy, MS, CCC-SLP. Jenn splits her time between an elementary and middle school in my district. Take it away Jenn!
I was lucky enough to review another amazing app - the Reading Rehabilitation Toolkit from Smarty Ears ($9.99 in iTunes). I currently use many Smarty Ears apps in speech and language therapy daily so I was extremely excited to review this app!
This app is a great tool to increase student’s reading fluency as well as reading comprehension.
It allows both quick play as well as creating users. If "create a user" is selected, data is tracked and recorded by day and level. After entering the student’s name, the student is able to select an avatar. There are many avatars to choose from!
**BONUS: Selecting an Avatar is a great way for students to use descriptive words to select a
specific avatar. I don’t let them point to select, a selection is made my using your words!
The next screen allows the user to select one of six levels of difficulty. The six levels (as described in the ABOUT section of the application) are as follows:
- Word-Images match: This activity provides users with one word on the screen, which they must attempt to read and identify the corresponding image.
- Image-Words match: This activity provides users with one image and they must identify the corresponding word among several words.
- Phrase-Images match: This activity provides users with one phrase and they must identify the corresponding image.
- Image-Phrase match: This activity provides users with one image and they must identify the corresponding phrases among several phrases.
- Read and Answer: Users must attempt to read simple questions and answer based on the provided scenes.
- Phrase Building: This is the activity that integrates reading and writing. Users are now able to attempt composing the simple phrases used throughout the application on previous activities independently by placing words on the screen.
The first level, Word Images Match, allows student to read one word and select corresponding picture from a field of 5. After selecting the correct corresponding picture, the student records him/herself reading the target word. The app allows user to track student’s progress. After attempting to read the target word the follow options are available to track data: 1. Unable to read aloud 2. Read with assistance 3. Read independently.
Image Words Match:
- It is very versatile I used this application with both my middle school students as well as my home health care clients.
- User Friendly: Easy to navigate while using and while reviewing data.
- Increases with levels of difficulty.
- Progress tracking and data collection.
- None that I can think of!
The Bottom Line:
I really enjoyed using this app. It is straight forward and user friendly, two aspects I look for when using apps for speech and language therapy. I liked that the students were involved with selecting avatars and recording their voices. This avatars and voice recordings increased the students’ focus and interest.
PS, To watch a video tutorial and see Reading Rehabilitation Toolkit in action, scroll down to the bottom of this page.
Disclaimer: Smarty Ears provided a copy of Reading Rehabilitation Toolkit for the purposes of this review and giveaway. However, opinions expressed are those of the SLP who provided the review.