Apps, Random Therapy Ideas, Worth Every Penny

Scribble Press

Now that finals are over and I’m well on my way out of rainy dodge to a week of sunshine in AZ, it’s time for another app review.  This time I’m talking story creation with Scribble Press.  This app is fantastic for letting kids create their own books (which can even be ordered and mailed to you if you’re feeling sentimental).  What I love about Scribble Press is the ability to start with the “skeleton” of a book and fill in the details so kids can make it their own.

When you click on the “New Book” link, it brings you to a shelf full of book categories.  Does your client love aliens?  CHECK!  Is it Christmas/Hanukkah time and you want to do a holiday themed book?  CHECK!  Check out the various book categories below!

Within each category is a list of actual book “skeletons” to choose from.  The image below shows the book options available in the “About Me” category.

Once you’ve decided on a book, a madlibs-esque screen will pop up with a story skeleton and blank spaces for you to fill in with your client.  This is a great opportunity for them to practice spelling/typing skills if appropriate.  For those kiddos who hate to generate their own sentences or stories, this is great because it gives them a place to start from which to come up with ideas.  You can always go back later and edit the skeleton to be more relevant to your client (or just create a book from scratch with no skeleton).

Once everything is filled in, it’s time to illustrate the book!  The app has a decent selection of images to choose from, but the real gem is the ability to choose from a PLETHORA of colors and a PLETHORA of “marker types” to draw your own pictures.  I love the creativity this encourages in kids. You can always alter your books to target particular artic sounds, semantic categories, or language elements.

 

You’re enticed, aren’t you?  So…the big question: how much is this app?  $free.99!!  That’s right folks, Scribble Press is absolutely free.  Depending on the level of support you want to offer, this app is great for kids of all ages (or maybe even some of the adult clients out there) and opens the therapy floodgates for a multitude of great intervention targets and ideas!

 

Apps

Story Time with SonicPics App

What is it? 

SonicPics is an app that lets you create your own stories or sequences with your very own recorded narration (if you want it).  You can take pictures of favorite stories, common daily routines, or even import previously taken photos to create a set of images that encompass a “project.”  You then have the option of viewing the images one by one, or adding a recording to each one and later viewing your project as a slideshow story with the recorded narration playing simultaneously.

Why love it? 

  • This app is great for kids or adults working on sequencing, or becoming familiar with routines.  You have the freedom to use whatever images you want for any given sequenced activity and then record helpful cues, a social story, the client’s narration of the sequence, or even music to go along with it.
  • Kids working on all kind of language goals will love this app.  Create a project with images from a favorite picture book and record the child narrating their version of the story.  You can focus on identifying relevant details on each “page,” emphasizing connector words between “pages,” accurate narrative prosody, etc.  The list of treatment activities goes on and on.
  • Client’s with a self-monitoring goal can listen to their own recorded stories page by page and identify accurate productions of a target vs inaccurate productions!
  • Create a collection of “what’s happening here” or “what’s wrong with this picture” images and record the client identifying details in the picture that don’t belong, seem silly, or appear out of place.
  • Save pre and post-treatment recordings of a client to compare accuracy in any of the above-mentioned activities between the beginning and end of treatment.

          

What are the downsides?

Unfortunately, the stories don’t seem to export to youtube well. The images all appear, but they are out of sync with the recording, so the pages and narration might not accurately match up.  I haven’t tried adding text to any of my images, but I have heard rumors that it sometimes disappears when narration is then recorded.  Honestly, this app seems to be best utilized in the therapy session for immediate feedback with the client, or as a saved record of language production on your iPad.  Still, it’s a great little tool for what it can do (and I thought pretty simple to use).

How to get it?

Simple: go to the app store to download ($2.99)