Describe it (Expressive Activity): The first set of activities is the expressive portion of the app. You can select from seven basic categories for describing:
In the "Describe It" activity, students are shown a picture and asked to describe the picture. In the example picture below, the prompt given is "Describe this person." You can tap the record button and record the student's response. If a student has difficulty generating a response independently, there are question prompts that can be accessed by tapping the numbers below the picture.
The question prompts for describing people are:
- Who is it? How old is this person?
- Describe his/her height and weight.
- Describe his/her hair color, style, and length.
- Describe his/her face, skin, eyes, and nose.
- Describe his/her clothes.
Here's an example from "Places"
The question prompts for "places" are:
- What place is it?
- What do you see in this place?
- What can we do there?
Follow Directions (Receptive Activity): For this activity, you can choose from five sets of questions. The student is shown 4 images and asked to select one based on descriptors. Here are some examples (one from each set:
Set 1: "Show me the tall farm animal that has white and black spots and gives us milk."
Set 2: "Show me the garden tool that is sharp and used for trimming."
Set 3: "Show me the elegant piece of clothing for a man worn around the neck."
Set 5: "Show me the farm animal with short red fur that we can ride."
There are some points I wanted to add about the "following directions" activity. First, the app will automatically tally correct/incorrect responses. For kids who are used to the iPad, you may want to turn on "automatic paging." If a student taps a correct answer and nothing happens, I've noticed that they'll either keep tapping the picture, or try tapping the others pictures. Even though a sound indicates correct/incorrect responses, I've found that the kids always expect something to happen (i.e. move on to the next item). In this activity, you can record a student either repeating the direction, responding to the direction, or describing the target object. And my favorite thing about this activity. Notice in the screen below that the images are faded? Well, the student CANNOT respond to the direction until the entire direction is stated! Why do I love this? Well, I have a lot of impulsive/impatient kiddos on my caseload. They hear the first description and immediately begin tapping away at one of the pictures without hearing the entire description. This forces them to listen to the whole thing! You can always repeat the direction by pressing the replay button at the bottom of the screen.
After a certain number of correct responses (the number you chose in the settings), you are able to do the reinforcement activity of painting. The painter comes on the screen and asks if you'd like to paint now (you also have the option to skip):
Like most speech-specific apps, Describe With Art has built-in data collection. At the end of your sessions, you can generate a report (like the one below), which you can print (if you have Air Print capabilities), or email to yourself for printing.
- What can we do there?"