I was so excited about the results that I showed Speech FlipBook to the reading specialist at our school. She in turn was delighted to hear about Speech FlipBook and will likely purchase the very affordable, $4.99 app for her iPads. Incidentally, Speech FlipBook is available at iTunes and is also compatible with the iPhone, iPod, and iPad Mini. Before you make a purchase, try your luck at the raffle for a code at the end of this review.
I recommend setting the menus for your targets and playing around with Speech FlipBook before you introduce it to your clients. There are a variety of settings including: choosing between uppercase, lowercase, or IPA fonts for the Flipbook case or the word case within the Flipbook; hearing and/or visually seeing pages turn; allowing VC, CV, V, or CVC only stimulus; and using real and/or unreal words. Definitely helped to play around with the settings a bit before my client tried it out. This gave me a chance to flip through all targets. There is a settings link too that allows you to remove certain word targets if you would rather exclude specific ones from sessions.
Speech FlipBook is fairly easy to use since all sounds are neatly categorized. Below is a screenshot of a menu page. Notice the tabs on the bottom that direct you to these various sound groups.
I selected the /sp/ target for my client, so I only highlighted that sound for our drill. That's all there is to it! Since I really wanted to focus on /sp/ in initial clusters, I did not highlight any clusters in the final position. I did want every possible vowel combination, except vocalic /r/.
Words written at the bottom can be hidden so you would only see the phonetic layout for words. I decided to keep this feature on and it didn't seem to interfere with my client's ability to read the targets. The reading specialist liked having both options visual too! The little red button in the lower left hand corner is the record feature. I chose not to have my client record his responses, but you can certainly do this if you need to work on improving self rating skills.
Like many of my fellow SLP bloggers, I was pleased and very impressed with Speech FlipBook and would only like to see a data collection feature added. At the least, it would be helpful to include an accuracy tab so you can quickly grab a score at the end of the session as opposed to writing down tallies.
Disclosure: The generous folks at Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd. supplied codes for me to review this app and hold a raffle. No other compensation was provided and opinions here are completely unbiased.
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