In our efforts to give back to the community, Blue Whale partnered with NACD (National Association of Child Development) and developed the series of Apraxia Apps.
The series of 4 Speech Therapy iPad apps are a convenient, effective tool for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech/dyspraxia. It can also be used for:
- Adults with apraxia
- Speech therapists working with individuals with apraxia
- Parents working with children with apraxia and
- Traditional articulation practice
“It was important to align the skills progression with age group for proper advancement.”
THE CHALLENGES: Interface had to be super simple tailored for the specific end-users without really losing the functionalities.
Developed for the National Association for Child Development team, including a certified speech-language pathologist, the Apraxia app provides choices of different phonemes to target and moves through a progression of levels that challenge motor planning for speech.
- Choose from 9 different word groups to target.
- Words are categorized according to the place of articulation of the phonemes and pattern of articulation within the word.
- Illustration and audio provided for each word.
- Option to repeat levels, reset, or move to the next level.
THE SOLUTION: Having the separate solution targeted for specific age group was the key.
Blue Whale developed solution contains a group of 4 apps, ‘Speech Therapy – Apraxia’, ‘Speech Therapy – Apraxia Words’, ‘Speech Therapy – Apraxia 2 syllables’ and ‘Speech Therapy – Apraxia endings’. All 4 apps serve the specific target of age groups and provide choices of different phonemes to target and move through a progression of levels that challenge motor planning for speech.
“The NACD Home Speech Therapy iPad app is a convenient, effective tool for individuals with Childhood Apraxia of Speech/dyspraxia.”
– App User
THE RESULTS: The Apraxia apps provide choices of different phonemes to target and move through a progression of levels that challenge motor planning for speech.
Speech Therapy for Apraxia – 2 Syllable Words is intended to be the next step in a progression after the one-syllable words of our previous app, has been mastered. Targeting specific patterns of articulation within 2-syllable words and ending, these apps are a fun way to practice basic speech sounds and motor planning. Because the emphasis is on the individual’s production, the parent or therapist should be an active participant, providing the user with feedback, reinforcement, and additional modeling. These apps are not intended for independent use by the child/student.
“Working at the syllable level, it begins at the production of single syllables and progresses through increasingly difficult production sequences all the way to the production of sequences of random syllables.”