The SmallTalk Consonant Blends app provides a series of speech-exercise videos, each illustrating the tongue and lip movements necessary to produce consonant blends where two or three consonants are blended together, such as “bl” or “str.”
These articulation videos allow people with apraxia, aphasia, and/or dysarthria resulting from stroke or head injury to easily practice consonant blends as often as they like. Because each exercise comes as an individual video, you can focus on just the blends you need and repeat them as many times as you like.
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“I have recently had the opportunity to use SmallTalk apps, from Lingraphica, with my students on the spectrum (with and without apraxia). I was amazed at how ideal these apps are for students with autism. They are the perfect visual tool. Students with autism will imitate behaviors from a video more easily that from face to face instruction. Video modeling also gives the students the freedom to watch over and over again until the skill is mastered leading to the acquisition of complex verbal skills. I would recommend the SmallTalk apps to anyone working with students on the spectrum.” –Lois Jean Brady, Speech-Language Pathologist (US)
Minor bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
Reads the whole word but doesn't single out and say or highlight the blend being practiced. Wish it would have greater emphasis on the actual blend
Careful using this with apraxics
Nice videos, clear audio. My only complaint is that some of the demos model unvoiced consonants with an added voiced vowel. "ST" is pronounced S -T- UH. For clients with difficulty in confusing voiced and unvoiced sounds, this might be misleading.
Adds a sound to every blend which is completely incorrect.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.