By Helen Wagner
Students will enjoy practicing their speech with the fun activities in Articulation Games! I really like the professional male narrator, who has a very personable speaking voice. I like that during the matching game, students must take their time and practice each word before selecting another word. The recording feature is always a plus…this makes it so easy to encourage students to take more responsibility for self-monitoring, and they love to work the record buttons themselves! One of my favorite features is that the program remembers the target sounds that I have selected for each player (and you can select multiple sounds)! You do not have to enter each child’s sounds every time you play. During game play, you can select a tab under each student’s name and choose which sound you want to practice. I like that you can easily switch between sounds in a session without having to start over to select new sounds.
I definitely recommend this app to add to your bag of tricks! I give it a 4.5/5!
Appy Ratings (Appy’s):
- Educational Value: 5
- Entertains/Engages User: 5
- Customization/Settings: 5
- Value for the money: 5
- Ease of Navigation: 4
- Quality of Graphics: 4
- Overall Rating: 4.5
- Pre-School (Age 4-5)
- Lower Grades (Age 6-8)
- Upper Grades (Age 9-10)
- Middle School (Age 11-13)
Articulation Games, from The Virtual Speech Center, is a child-friendly, charmingly delightful iPad app for the practice of sound production skills (articulation). Using traditional flash cards and creative games with fun rewards, students are motivated to practice their speech skills. Over 40 English phonemes, including /l,r,s/blends and vocalic /r/ are included. Most sounds have 20 pictures per phoneme and per position at the word, unique phrase, and sentence level.
To Play: Upon opening the app, the user easily adds each student name by tapping on the Add Student button. Student names are automatically alphabetized. The user then selects the students who are to participate in the activity, by tapping their names. The games can be played by a single player or by multiple players in a group. First, choose the activity from a selection of 4. Tap the Next button to select each student’s targeted sounds. You can choose multiple sounds! Tap the Next button and the activity screen appears and you are ready to play! On each game screen for each student, the user selects the word, phrase, or sentence level of practice with the targeted phonemes presented in the user’s choice of initial, medial or final positions. This can be easily changed during game play. Students can press the arrow key to hear the target produced. Each student production can be recorded by pressing the red record button on every page. Press the green arrow to hear the recording. A checkmark or an x is selected to record correct/incorrect responses. Click Finish to end game play. This will take the user back to the main page. Select the Reports tab to obtain accuracy by goal or date. Results may be emailed. Email a session report containing data on all members of the group immediately after game play is finished, or, you may email data by individual student at a later time. Students may be deleted from the app in the Reports section. Under the Select User column, touch the blue radio button. This will open each student name with a red minus sign. Touch the name you wish to delete and select Delete. Upon completion, touch the blue radio button again to end the deletion process.
1. Flashcards: Photographic stimuli for drill and practice.
2. Memory game: Traditional concentration-type game.
3. Artic Wheel: Spin the wheel to get a flashcard or a reward (an animated pet).
4. Sweet Spinner: Spin the spinner to get a flashcard or a surprise animated candy reward.
“Articulation Games allows children to practice different phonemes in all positions of words, and at all levels of difficulty (word, short phrase, and sentence level) in ALL of the games”.
There is a helpful video tutorial under the Info tab on the main screen.
Recommendations for Consideration:
- I would like to be able to use an Air Print feature to print out data.
- I would like the Information button to be more difficult for children to access, so that they can not accidentally go out of the app to the internet.
- The product description states that the reports can be viewed in table and graphical forms. I did not see the graphs. I would love to be able to see the data in graph form. I think this would be very useful for the students. The data reports can be a little difficult to navigate if you do not email each session upon completion.
- Some of the photographs appear stretched (iPad 3).
- I would love it if a future update included words with triple blends!
- I would love to be able to save some of the voice recordings to document change over time.
Price and Download link
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Articulation Games is a comprehensive, flexible, and fun speech-therapy, iPad app that was created by a certified speech and language pathologist for children to practice the pronunciation of over forty English phonemes, organized according to placement of articulation. It includes thousands of real-life flashcards, accompanied by professional audio recordings and capability of audio recording.
Articulation Games takes drilling with flashcards to the next level by incorporating gaming components and a reward system. Children will have fun practicing phonemes by playing four different and flexible games:
2. Memory game
3. Sweet Spinner: Children will spin the colorful spinner to get a flashcard or a surprise animated candy that actually pours down from the spinner tube.
4. Artic Wheel: Children will spin the wheel to get a flashcard or a reward (an animated pet).
5. Articulation Games allows children to practice different phonemes in all positions of words, and at all levels of difficulty (word, short phrase, and sentence level) in ALL of the games.
Articulation Games offers the following phonemes:
• bilabial phonemes: p-/p/, b-/b/, m-/m/ (initial, medial, and final positions of words; twenty pictures per phoneme and per position at the word, unique phrase, and sentence level);
• labial phonemes: w-/w/ (initial and medial positions of words; twenty pictures per phoneme and per position at the word, unique phrase, and sentence level);
• labiodental phonemes: f-/f/, v-/v/ (initial, medial, and final positions of words; twenty pictures per phoneme and per position at the word, unique phrase, and sentence level);
• linguadental phonemes: voiceless th- /ϴ/, voiced th- /ð/ (voiceless: initial, medial, final positions of words; twenty pictures per phoneme per position at the word, unique phrase and sentence level; voiced: initial [twenty words] and medial positions of words with twenty pictures at the unique phrase and sentence level);
• lingual-alveolar phonemes: t-/t/, d-/d/, s-/s/, z-/z/, n-/n/, l-/l/ (initial and medial positions of words; twenty pictures per phoneme and per position at the word, unique phrase, and sentence level);
• linguapalatal phonemes: sh-/ʃ/, ch-/ʧ/, j-/ʤ/, j-/ʤ/, y-/j/, r-/r/ (all the phonemes in the initial, medial, and final positions of words except for y-/j/ [initial and medial positions of words]; twenty pictures per phoneme and per position at the word, unique phrase, and sentence level);
• linguavelar phonemes: k-/k/, g-/g/; glottal phonemes: h-/h/ (all the phonemes in the initial, medial, and final positions of words except for h-/h/ [initial position of words]; twenty pictures per phoneme and per position at the word, unique phrase, and sentence level);
• l-blends: bl, fl, gl, kl, pl, sl (initial position of words; ten pictures per phoneme at word, phrase, and sentence level);
• r-blends: br, dr, fr, gr, kr, pr, tr (initial position of words; ten pictures per phoneme at word, phrase, and sentence level);
• s-blends: sk, sl, sm, sn, sp, st (initial position of words; ten pictures per phoneme at: word, phrase, and sentence level); and
• Vocalic r: air, ar, ear, er, ire, or (initial, medial, and final positions of words; ten pictures per phoneme per position at the word, phrase, and sentence level).
Articulation Games is easy to navigate and allows users to employ several tools to perform the following:
- enter multiple students
- change settings
- select multiple phonemes
- save selected phonemes for next sessions
- select auto-scoring
- select alternate counts for multiple students
- enable or disable written picture descriptions
- enable or disable special effect sounds
- use audio recording feature
- track correct and incorrect responses
- view reports in table and graphical forms
- e-mail results at the end of the game
- Helen Wagner is an experienced public school SLP. She loves to use technology with her students.