Contrary to the name this is NOT only an articulation app.
The app is a collection of 600 silly sentences which target the S, Z, R, L, SH, CH, TH sounds.
This is really great for practicing sentence after sentence of the sound when you are working on helping a student transfer the sound from word level to spontaneous speech.
I have found that selecting any one of the target sounds incorporates most speech sounds so you don’t need to be put off by the fact that the app only has a few speech sounds.
What I really love about this app is using it for working on:
- Auditory memory for sentences
- Processing of auditory information
- Problem Solving and Reasoning
The app allows you to work on the sound selected in initial, final or medial word positions, as well as all three positions.
Here’s what I have been doing:
I turn the ipad away from the student and the student needs to listen to the sentence.
The student then needs to repeat the sentence back to me. If necessary, I encourage self monitoring of the target sound. This where a record/playback feature would be great. We work on listening for details as well as repeating the sentence structure accurately.
The student then needs to explain why the sentence is silly.
We then listen to explanation on the app and elaborate on or modify our explanation.
The student then needs to reformulate the sentence so that it makes sense. We talk about semantics (meaning) and syntax (sentence structure) with this task. This activity could really be extended to incorporate written language as well.
In the words of Erik Raj, “a world without Silly is a sad sad world”.