App DescriptionA variation of the popular â€śMinimal Pairsâ€ť application used by 1000s of speech therapists on a daily basis, â€śSpeech Pairsâ€ť comes tailored specifically for parents and home practice! Complete with tips on how to improve sounds, milestones for when speech sounds should be mastered, AND helpful diagrams of tongue positioning. Learn the basics of â€śspeech therapy 101â€ť and have the luxury of practicing on your own time!
Speech Pairs offers a unique way of improving your childâ€™s speech by using â€śminimal pairsâ€ť (a pair of words that differ by only one sound). For example, this application will put words such as â€śWhichâ€ť and â€śRichâ€ť (for children who have problems with R) side-by-side to highlight the slight differences between what children are saying and what they should be saying.
Speech Pairs allows parents to enter the names of their children (up to two names). Then the program â€śdeals cardsâ€ť with your childâ€™s name on them! Your child can then touch the screen to reveal the words underneath. Once the word pairs are revealed your child will hear the words, have the ability to have the words repeated as many times as they would like, record/hear themselves saying the words, and view side-by-side diagrams showing the difference of where their tongue is positioned vs. where it should be positioned.
Two activities are offered within: a â€śSayâ€ť mode and a â€śListenâ€ť mode.
In the â€śSayâ€ť mode parents can sit with the children and determine if they got the sound correct, incorrect, or if they were close. This is tracked by touching the appropriate buttons.
In the â€śListenâ€ť activity parents can sit with their child viewing the words and ask their child which of the two cards contains the correct way of pronouncing each word. Donâ€™t forget that the â€śListenâ€ť activity is equally important! Not only does it allow your child to hear the correct way to produce their error sound but it also promotes auditory discrimination skills which is a very important developmental skill for speaking AND reading. When your child can identify which word in the pair uses the correct sound he is well on his way to success!
Speech Pairs also keeps detailed data on their progress, showing percentages and the exact words that were correct, incorrect, or close. The application also provides line graphs showing the percentage correct over the last 5 practice sessions. This is a great way of showing your child his progress in a picture format. Parents have the option to enter and view comments about any practice session they wish, and keep a running log of audio recordings so their children can hear how much they are improving.
If your child has any of the following speech errors, this is the application for you:
Â· Difficulty with consonant blends - e.g. â€śbackâ€ť instead of â€śblackâ€ť
Â· Difficulty with J or CH â€“ e.g. â€śdogâ€ť instead of â€śjogâ€ť or â€śteaseâ€ť instead of â€ścheese.â€ť
Â· Leaves off final consonants â€“ e.g. â€śgoâ€ť instead of â€śgoatâ€ť
Â· Changes the sound of consonants at the end of words â€“e.g. â€śbackâ€ť instead of â€śbagâ€ť or â€śhitâ€ť instead of â€śhidâ€ť.
Â· Difficulty with K and/or G â€“ e.g. â€śtatâ€ť instead of â€ścatâ€ť or â€śdoeâ€ť instead of â€śgoâ€ť.
Â· Difficulty with SH, CH, and J â€“ For children who frequently say S, T, or D instead of SH, CH, and/or J.
Â· Difficulty with R â€“ e.g. â€śwhichâ€ť instead of â€śrich.â€ť
Â· Difficulty with L â€“ e.g. â€śwhiteâ€ť instead of â€ślight.â€ť
Â· Leave sounds off of the beginning of words â€“e.g. â€śaddâ€ť instead of â€śDad.â€ť
Â· Changes consonant sounds before the vowel in a word â€“ e.g. â€śpuckâ€ť instead of â€śbuckâ€ť.
Â· Difficulty with any/all of the following: CH, J, F, V, S, Z, S
Â· For children who delete or replace any of the previously mentioned sounds.
November 26, 2013 Price Decrease: $4.99 -> $2.99
January 08, 2013 Price Decrease: $6.99 -> $2.99
November 27, 2012 Price Decrease: $6.99 -> $3.99
November 30, -0001 Initial Release