One of my favorite tools to use when I was in graduate school was a voice light. I used this tool to encouraged cause and effect of use of voice with my very young patients. It was also a great tool for visual feedback for volume of voice and prolongation of voice. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find this specific tool since graduation. However, I have found two apps that are comparable. Magic Voice and Bla Bla Bla are free apps that can be used for voice prolongation, cause and effect, motivation, visual feedback, etc.
Bla Bla Bla
This app was not necessarily designed for speech-language pathology use. It was apart of a one-day workshop at the IUAV of Venice and ISIA of Urbino. The goal of the workshop was for graphic designers to learn basic design with language in mind.
Here you can see a picture of the app icon, a short video example of the app, and the “face” options you may choose from within the app.
I would venture to say that Magic Voice is a more pediatric friendly version due to the friendly rabbit. This app has the option to buy a more advanced version. Additionally, it has three level of difficulty, easy, medium, and hard. I have two videos below demonstrating the difference between the easy and hard levels. With the more advanced levels the participant has to prolong their voice for a longer period of time otherwise the rabbit returns to the hat.
Do you have other apps you like to use for similar purposes?
Bravi, Lorenzo. (2011) Bla Bla Bla (1.1) [Mobile application software]. Retreived from http://itunes.apple.com
Synapse Apps LLC. (2012). Magic Voice (1.1) [Mobile application software]. Retreived from http://itunes.apple.com