****The jungle/safari theme is adorable! The kids loved the board game and all wanted to land on the hippo and the snake. I like the multiple ways to target the processes. (Carries Speech Corner)****
****If you choose the Game Board option, you get to have some fun in the jungle!! My students are always asking if we are playing the jungle game each time I pull out my iPad! This app is great for data collection and sharing information with parents and teachers! (Kristin C., SLP and blogger)****
The Phonological Processes app was created by a certified speech and language pathologist for children ages 4 and up who exhibit phonological disorders or delays. This research-based app implements a linguistic approach for treatment of phonological disorders by engaging users in minimal pair contrast therapy.
Children will have fun drilling with flashcards while playing a colorful animated board game full of surprises. In addition, children can record their productions and compare them with the targeted productions pre-recorded in this app.
Phonological Processes app includes the most common phonological processes in the following activities:
-Auditory bombardment with minimal pairs
-Auditory discrimination with minimal pairs
-Minimal pair production
-Single word production
Phonological processes addressed in this app include the following :
-Cluster reduction (with “ L”)
-Cluster reduction (with “R”)
-Cluster reduction (with “S”)
-Cluster reduction (mixed)
-Final consonant deletion
-Gliding (with “L”)
-Gliding (with “R”)
-Stopping of fricatives
-Stopping of affricates
The Phonological Processes app is easy to navigate and allows users to employ several tools to perform the following tasks:
-Enter multiple students
-Change settings and use randomization
-Select alternate counts for multiple students
-Track correct and incorrect responses
-E-mail results at the end of the session
Phonological processes refer to typical patterns that are used by children to simplify their speech. For example, a young child may say “tar” for “car” or “may” for “make.” Phonological processes are very common among three- and four-year-old children, but most of them should spontaneously resolve by approximately age 5. If phonological processes do not disappear by this age, the child may need formal speech evaluation and intervention.
Treatment of Phonological Disorders
The Phonological Processes app employs minimal pair contrast therapy. The minimal pair approach to phonological remediation teaches children the function of sounds, emphasizing that changing sounds changes the meaning of a word (Barlow & Gierut, 2002).
Minimal contrast therapy targets pairs of words that differ only by one sound. It may focus on the perception of contrast or production of contrast. In the perception task, the child is asked to point to target words when presented with two or more pictures (minimal pairs). In the production task, the child is asked to verbally produce minimal pairs (Bernthal and Bankson 1998).
Barlow, J. A., and Gierut, J. A. (2002). Minimal pair approaches to phonological remediation. Seminars in Speech and Language, 23(1), 57-67
Bernthal J. E., and Bankson N.W. (1998). Articulation and Phonological Disorders. 4th edition.
This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.
- Fix issue with recording
Ratings and Reviews
In the check & like column: engages students, pre-k 4 yr olds to 1st grade students respond enthusiastically, good data collection tool,email results ability, recording abilities, multiple levels from auditory discrimination, minimal pairs & production, game board flash card option, I could go on but running out of time. In the needs column: "coast/toast" concept goes over typical pre-k. Would like to see an approximate response selection. This is a "no regret purchase"
My kids love it. It is fun.
I am really enjoying all of the Virtual Speech Center apps. The Phonological Processes app is great! I am and SLP in the public school system and I find this app to be very handy, it requires minimal prep work which is always ideal with my busy schedule. I like that the app (like the other VSC apps) allows me to create a student and keep track of that student's data/progress. The only con to this app, and it's just my personal preference, are the cards "bleed" and "pray" that came up while I was working on CCR with my kindergarteners. One student was confused by "bleed" and the other student started going on about God and heaven when we came across "pray." I don't feel that these two terms are the most appropriate for the setting and the students I see. Besides that, the app is user friendly and fun for the kids.
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- Virtual Speech Center Inc.
- 114.1 MB
- Requires iPadOS 7.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © Virtual Speech Center Inc.
Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.