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Phrase Stress

Students I use this with:
Children working on pragmatics that have difficulty understanding idioms.
Children with auditory processing needs. They can determine what word the stress is on.
Children who have difficulty with suprasegmentals

Phrase stress presents you with an idiom. You can choose to have the sound off or on when using this app.  Then you are given 3 choices to choose from to solve the idiom.
Specifically, I initially used it to take baseline data. Then I taught the skill targeted whether it be idioms or stress.  At the end of the data taking period I went through the app again and took post test data to see whether there had been improvement.
One aspect of the app that I really like is that you can use it as a teaching method as well as to take data.  If you click on the book icon it has every idiom targeted, what it actually means and how it could be used in a sentence. Again, I've mentioned before I like versatile products and this is one of them .

Word Balloons

Students I use this app with:
Kids working on carryover articulation skills
Kids working on syntax
Kids working on fluency

Word balloons is an app that has the 500 most commonly used words in the English language. On the screen there is a word presented at the bottom.  You have to find the balloon that matches that word as the balloons float across the screen. For children working on carryover of articulation, I have them repeat the word. For children working on syntax I have them tell me whether the word was a noun, verb or adjective.  For a child working on fluency I have them say the word using a specific type of disfluency or have them say the word in a sentences using smooth speech. 

Word Stress

Students I use this app with:
Kids with auditory processing disorder
Kids with attention and memory issues
Kids working on articulation and phonology
Kids working on producing multi-syllabic words

Word Stress has a dictionary of 5,000 most commonly used words in the English language.  You can choose to have a maximum of 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 or 10+ letters in the words.  I used this app with a child working on auditory memory tasks and so I chose 4 letters and he had to listen to the word while looking at the screen and then fill in the blank.  If you wanted to work on multi-syllabic words, I'd choose 10+ letters in the words and then we would practice clapping out the word and work together to fill in the blanks.  This app is difficult to use with younger children because it helps to be able to read and have phonemic awareness to complete the tasks. 

All in all these were fun apps that engaged the kids and helped them attend to the activities. 
Have you used these apps? Did you use them differently than my suggestions? I'd love to hear how! Please leave a comment so everyone can benefit from your genius :)

**Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this post are Speech Lady Liz's.  The companies are nice enough to provide materials to try out, but provide no other compensation.

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