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Everything about Outloud Apps and our view to speech therapy.
Before buying a mobile app, we all look at reviews. How did people rate it? What do they say about it? All this is important before making a decision, especially if the app will be used by a kid. So here’s a list of links with reviews of our Outloud Timer app. The list is constantly updated because we’re a startup seeking honest feedback wherever possible ;) And, of course, we’ll be happy to receive it from you, for example, in a private message or in a post on our wall. This way we can improve our apps further!
“Not only did my kids enjoy the stars (that appear after time is out) but also it changed their perception of their break ending from a not-so-positive thing to “Hey! That’s cool,” perspective.”
Read more in the Speech Me Maybe blog.
“I would recommend this app for those who have clients that need a visual timer. Often giving them the control of the timer can make a session go smoother.”
Read more in the The Speech Place blog.
"I loved how the background was fun with a volcano and tunnel. With the items in the background you could even use this app for following directions or basic concepts! Gotta love those double duty apps!"
Read more in the The Speech Bubble SLP blog.
"Digital clocks and timers are great and convenient, but they aren’t teaching kids an understanding of the passage of time, and are more abstract. Outloud Timer is different."
Read more in the SLP mommy of Apraxia/Dyspraxia blog.
We got a question from a blog called Speech MaterialGirl about the goals of the Leaping Leo app, and we thought it'd be good to cover this issue here. For SLPs who are used to voice-activated apps, it may be pretty obvious, but for others it may not, so let's get to know Leaping Leo together!
Voice-activated apps are used to encourage kids to play with their voice and to produce sounds of varying length and intensity. When we designed Leaping Leo, we meant it to be a tool for kids to produce long vowels, but there's no limitations! For example, Kayla SLP suggested practicing the r-sound there (read her blog post here).
Moreover, every level of Leaping Leo has a specific purpose that you can use in speech therapy sessions. Some levels focus on the number of sound repetitions, some — on the right timing in producing the sound, some — on duration or controlling the volume. Read our level guide here.
Finally, SLPs often ask us what age group is this app for, and the answer is whatever age the patient that needs it is! The most important thing is that the kid thinks playing with Leo is fun, then the exercises will give the best results.
Here's what Speech MaterialGirl shared with us:
I took a quick look at the app and it's quite interesting. I like the voice activated aspect a lot. It would be helpful for those students that need to project their voice and perhaps those with selection mutism. It would be great for stuttering to practice keeping their voice on and voice control. For articulation, they can maybe practice their sound as in /g/ "go" or /s/"so".... What words were you anticipating they would use or did you think they would use a continuous vowel sound? I did see one glitch where I selected "exit" and it did something unexpected (I think it stayed on that screen). I found the 3rd level difficult but most kids do like a fun challenge. My students enjoyed the app, but had a difficult time controlling with their voice
When we hear about someone having difficulties with controlling Leaping Leo with their voice, we say: Don't give up! It might be that you just have to get used to it and take your time to learn to control your voice. But it might also be that an SLP should calibrate the app, and the game will be activated by the voice of a different intensity! Check out how to calibrate Leaping Leo here, on the pages 2-3.
Hope that was helpful! Download the app for iPad here and help someone speak outloud!