"We have used this app with children between the ages of 5 and 10 with diagnoses of apraxia, articulation disorders and autism. The children we have used the app with were more willing to complete the oral motor exercise routine when using the app versus just following the Speech Therapist's instructions." Bridging Apps.com
Oral motor skills refer to the skills needed for basic functions such as eating and speaking. The muscles in the mouth, jaw, lips and tongue are responsible for smiling, facial expressions, and even swallowing. We know that in order to practice these skills effectively, children need to follow basic directions involving movements of the muscles in their mouths.
Children with Apraxia of Speech, Down syndrome or craniofacial anomalies many times experience difficulties with their oral motor skills.
Smart Oral Motor is a fun and engaging application for children who need a little more entertaining when practicing their oral motor skills. Clever, the duck, provides auditory and visual cues for practicing several oral motor exercises such as:
-Making an “o” with the mouth
-Sending a kiss
-Moving tongue to sides
-Touching cheeks using the tongue
-Moving the tongue up and down
This application includes a total of 15 oral motor exercises, auditory information and fun animations. Parents and therapists have the ability to adjust the number of repetitions per movement as they please.
This application does not replace the need for a full evaluation by a licensed professional such as an occupational therapist or a speech therapist. Therapists will evaluate and provide full guidance on how to best use this application. If parents are working with their therapists in trying to develop a home program for their child, this can be one very user friendly and engaging resource.
Update for iOS 12
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Overall a nice tool for iPad speech therapy tools
First of all this Smarty Ears App has a great variety of exercises. I like being able to choose the number of repetitions. With some modifications this useful app could even be easier for to use. It would be nice if the reinforcing collection of stars by the client was more interactive and more rewarding. Additionally I would like to see a close up of the exercises since the duck's little mouth isn't that easy to spot (although they are exagerrated nicely). As far as interactivity, maybe another option could be a simple identification game where the user could identify lips, teeth, gums, etc. on a big duck head. Overall nice addition to my tools. Kids are so drawn to technology.
My pediatric patients find this app interesting and rewarding. They are more engaged in the activity than they are when simply following my own example or pictures in a book. They enjoy earning the stars at the top of the screen (however, it disturbs my autistic patient that there seems to be no way to earn a 15th star, an that leaves an empty space in the progress bar. I resolve his concern by giving him an actual star sticker to keep). I'm not a fan of the duck's voice, or of the mysterious brown blob at the left of the scene, however, it doesn't bother the kids, and that's really what it's all about, right?
I use this app with my students in preschool and elementary school. It is a good warm-up before beginning articulation practice. The interface is simple so even my three year olds can navigate independently. Whether it is the duck or the stars they accrue from completing various oral motor tasks, they are often willing to attempt many oral postures in a short amount of time. This app also provides me with good diagnostic information about their oral motor skills.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.