This afternoon I completed a free on-line CEU from Super Duper Publications. The course was titled “Apps for Vocabulary Assessment and Intervention” presented by Beth Holland M.A. CCC-SLP. This free course is only available until January 21st 2015! You can find the link below.
This course focused on the assessment and intervention for expressive and receptive vocabulary. Since the course was through Super Duper Publications and presented by an employee of Super Duper Publications the material/tools that were introduced in the course were primarily created by Super Duper Publications. However, Beth Holland recommended some other fantastic resources such as “Creating Robust Vocabulary” by Dr. Beck.
Within the course the lecturer does a fantastic job of providing evidence that speaks to the importance of vocabulary development (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). After the evidence for continued vocabulary development is presented then the presentation is geared towards assessment and intervention through apps to target vocabulary.
The assessment that was presented was the MAVA. Now my facility has the MAVA but in the traditional printed form. In the presentation the app looks like it is easily accessible, motivating to the patient, and decreases scoring time due to a built program. The test assesses expressive and receptive vocabulary separately. The examiner will need to still use the traditional scoring form, the app does not track all answers as you go. You will need to calculate the raw score independently and enter it at the conclusion of the assessment. When the raw score is entered then the standard score, percentile and age equivalency will be determined in the app. Another nice feature of the app is the basal feature. With both the receptive and expressive language test a basal must be achieved. So say you start at item 20 and the patient does not make the basal then when you swipe backwards it will automatically take you to the correct question, once a basal is found and you swipe forward again then you will be taken to the next appropriate question. I would imagine this saving a lot of time with flipping pages during the assessment.
The MAVA breaks vocabulary down into three main tiers. Tier 1 is basic vocabulary, Tier 2 contains more advanced vocabulary such as words with multiple meanings, synonyms, etc., and Tier 3 contains vocabulary that is domain specific. For example in Tier 3 a golfer would specifically know what birdie, eagle, par, boogie means but someone that is not a golf may just know that they are relative golf terms. The assessment has the capability to analyze what percentage of vocabulary the student knows in each tier.
After the assessment portion is covered then the speaker discusses several apps that Super Duper Publications created that help target vocabulary. They even divided up the apps by approximate Tier levels in this presentation! There are definitely a few apps that I am hoping to by such as Kangaroo Island and Caveman Time Machine!
Overall this was a fantastic hour presentation. I am excited to look into some new apps. The presentation was clear and concise and I would recommend looking into the CEU for anyone that is working with pre-school and school-age individuals.
Holland, B. (n.d.). Apps for Vocabulary Assessment and Intervention. Retrieved December 21, 2014, from http://www.superduperinc.com/CEU/courses/default.aspx