Tonight I wanted to write about an app that honestly I didn't pay a lot of attention to until recently. This app is The Entire World of Articulation Flipbooks. Before I review this app I wanted to say that I have no affiliation to the creator of the app and I am not being reimbursed for this app review.
The reason why I didn't pay a lot of attention to it was because when you open it (picture below) it looks likes the focus in on the varied forms of /r/. I didn't realize that it covers the following: AR, AIR, EAR, ER, OR, R blends, Recurrent R's & IRE, RL, Prevocalic R, /k/, /g/, /s/, /z/, "sh," "ch," "th," /f/, /v/, /p/, /b/, /m/, /n/, /t/, /d/, S-R-L blends, and /w/ and /l/. Holy smokes that is a lot of phonemes!
If I only realized that I just had to simply swipe across the rest would be nicely waiting for me!
So there are several advantages to this app. You can use it as an auditory bombardment activity by reading a particular phoneme by sentences in each position to your patient. You can also target at the word, phoneme or sentence level. If you really want to spice it up you can have your student/patient take the starting sentence and create their own narrative from it. I see this app as a great compliment to group treatments because of 1 the various articulation targets (though it may be difficult to switch between books smoothly if you have more than one phoneme you are targeting in a group) and 2 this app is great for language and fluency! Just imagine, wh questions about the sentences, predicting what could happen next, building an entire narrative, auditory memory, identification of nouns/adjectives/adverbs etc., or having your fluency patient practice these sentences with their peers with their fluency techniques. If you have patients/students with social-pragmatic concerns then here is an opportunity for turn taking.
Here you will get an inside glance at one particular flipbook. As you can see you have three different pages and as you flip the pages you will find varied initial, medial and final positions. When you first open the book the sentence and the pictures make sense. Though at any time you can flip the picture to turn it into something a little silly! You can also see in the bottom right hand corner of each page there is a "speaker option" you actually have to touch the word (not the speaker) to have the app give it's voice over. The only down side that I have found to this app is that if the flip book shares two phonemes such as /b/ and /p/ you must flip through all of the pages to get to the next phoneme. It would be nice, if they had an option for /p/ /b/ or mixed. It would also be a really nice feature if you could choose targets for the initial, medial, final, or mixed positions.
What other ideas can you see coming from this app? Have you used this app often in treatment? Pro's Con's? Leave questions and comments below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
-Mallory Mahon M.S. CCC-SLP