Wednesday, December 5, 2012

SpeechBox App for iPad Review and Giveaway!

In the world of apraxia, speech therapy, special needs and special education, there has to be an easier way to get your child to participate in therapy, isn't there?
Special needs or not, child or adult, there are days that we just don't want to work.
I have those days quite often, as do my children.
But in a child with a speech and language disorder, you really can't afford to take a day off, can you?
So we don't.
But as I ran out of new ideas in the realm of speech therapy creativity, I stumbled across an amazing app:  Speech Box App by the Jonah Bonah Learning Company!
SpeechBox™ was designed and developed by a father of a three year old with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, who also happens to be an iPhone & iPad app developer. After using a variety of other apps to work with his child he realized there was a need for a simple, easy to use, and customizable app to practice words with his child.

Once I downloaded the app, I was amazed at the ease of use!
On the home screen, you will notice several boxes which are labeled with all of the speech sounds.
What caught my eye immediately was that they were alphabetized!

Many other apps out there divide speech sounds into their appropriate category:  bilabial sounds, fricative sounds, velar sounds, alveolar sounds, affricate sounds, glottal sounds, liquid sounds, and so on.
(Are you impressed that I whipped those out like that???)
But having the sounds in alphabetical order makes it easier for the parent or caregiver to go directing to the sound that they are concerned, allowing them to immediately work on that sound with the child!


Also, when you choose the sounds that you want to work on, you also have the option (at the bottom of the screen) to select initial, medial or final sound.

iPhone-and-iPad-app-developer-Dad, you get a high-five for that one, too!
When you are done with the picture you can swipe to remove it from the box or pinch it to put it back in the box.
Very simple.
Very easy to navigate.

"SpeechBox™ is a iPad app designed to work with Children with Apraxia of Speech, Autism, Down’s Syndrome, and other Speech Language disorders. Parents, Educators, Speech Therapists, etc. can work with Children and practice speaking simple words in a beautiful interface with engaging colorful pictures.
Within moments of opening the app you can get started practicing. There are no complex menus to navigate through before being presented with the pictures. You simply tap on a box, and it displays it’s contents. Selecting a picture is as moving around the pictures and tapping on the one you wish to view. When you are done with the picture you can swipe to remove it from the box or pinch it to put it back in the box.
Not only can you work with the over 700 beautiful retina quality pictures, but you can add your own pictures using the iPad’s camera or photo library. Now you can add pictures of friends, family and other common objects the child can practice with."

It is a fun way to select pictures, too!
I let my children tap the photo and then swipe it away when they got it right!
Giggles and speech therapy should always go together!

Creating custom boxes was also a "plus" for me!
I could make one for school, one for home, and one for family!
How many other apps out there let you do that???
Not many at all....except this one!

You could also custom-record names of pictures.
Your child may respond to your voice (or your therapist's voice) in a different way than they would with the automated voice most apps come with!
If you choose not to custom record, this app allows you to choose between male or female voice, too.

And you can add/customize new pictures as well!
I have reviewed many apps and have tons and tons of apps on our iPad.
Simply put, this app is my all time favorite!!!
Hands down, I love it!
And I cannot thank iPhone-and-iPad-app-developer-Dad (who also has a child with a speech and language disorder) for designing an app like this!

So, on behalf of that awesome Dad (and Jonah Bonah Learning Company) they would like ONE READER to have a copy of this app as well!

 Here are a few ways that you can enter:
1.  Leave a comment on this blog post about the app.
2.  Leave a comment on SpeechBox App's facebook page and tell them that you heard about this app from me!  You must make sure that you "LIKE" their page as well!
3.  Leave a comment on my facebook page.
4.  Follow SpeechBox on Twitter.

***PLEASE NOTE:  if the selected winner already owns SpeechBox App, they will get a $20 iTunes gift card instead.***

The contest runs from Wednesday December 5, 2012 through Friday, December 7, 2012.
Winner will be announced on my Facebook page on Friday, December 7, 2012 after 12:00 noon CST. 
Winner to be chosen at random.
The more ways you enter, the better your chances to win!
For more information about SpeechBox App as well as the developer, visit their website here.  Or it is available in iTunes by clicking here!
Thank you, SpeechBox App, Jonah Bonah Learning Company, and all involved in this app!
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  1. Love your blog! My son is 5 with profound apraxia and I have learned so much from you. Thanks for everything you do. Have tried to enter the contest several different ways, but this one will have to do. :)

  2. Thanks for the giveaway. As an SLP it is always good to read about the parent perspective.

  3. What a cool looking app for speech! It is so hard to practice as much as we should.

  4. Love this app. So cool looking.

  5. Would love to win for Aiden. He is autistic and questioning apraxia. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I could really use this for my boys!

    Lisa @All That and a Box of Rocks

  7. The app looks cool.. would love to win - to try it with my 3 yr old apraxic child. thanks...

  8. I'd love to try this app with a couple of my students. Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. This app looks amazing! Thanks for the fantastic review.

  10. Amazing!!! My daughter has major speech issues from her Mitochondrial Disease. Just entered the contest, we are hoping and praying to win!

  11. App looks great! Would love to win:)

  12. This looks great! My kids with Apraxia (6 and 4) are burned out on speech therapy and practice. I'm desperate for a enw way to get them back on track.

  13. My son has apraxia, DS and ASD--can't wait to use this app!

  14. Sounds like a great app!!

  15. I just reviewed this video posted from Gary at A4cwsn and it looks like a GREAT app that would benefit my son well!

  16. I think this would be the best app for my grandaughter

  17. I have watched a video review of this app posted by Gary of A4CWSN and I really think my son would benefit from this app. He has been in speech since he was 13 months old. He is 9 1/2 now and still receives Speech Therapy 3 times a week presently.

  18. Thanks for the review and giveaway opportunity! I have been eyeing this app for awhile. -Cassandra S

  19. This app. Looks great. I love the part where you can take notes and recorded on each picture. I also like the list of the words on the side. My child is 9 and this would be a great app. For him.

  20. This app looks amazing. My 9 yo son with down syndrome has moderate to severe apraxia. I home school him and this would be wonderful app for us.
    Kris Reichert

  21. I can't wait to try this app with my daughter. I love that I can use my voice instead of the prerecorded one!

  22. Speechbox looks awesome. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway. Merry Christmas!

  23. This is awesome! My 2 year old was recently diagnosed with CAS and we've been saving to get an iPad for the family this Christmas, this app would be the icing on the cake! Thank you for being So generous! Kristin

  24. What a great app! I will have to check it out more! Thanks!

  25. This is amazing! My daughter is 6 1/2 and has severe apraxia. Along with other various dx that add to the difficulty of increasing our means of communication. Seems I've tried every method out there already. This is the most promising app I've seen in a while though. Thank you.

  26. Hi! I would love to win this amazing app for my speech therapy students!