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App for helping people with Aphasia goes global

App for helping people with Aphasia goes global

Award-Winning producer of iPad apps for individuals with communication difficulties updates its iName It app in order to support iOS 7 and add two new languages, Spanish and Portuguese.

Dallas, TX – October 29, 2013 – Smarty Ears is excited to announce that it has updated its app, iName It, adding two new languages: Spanish and Portuguese. iName It was released in 2012 and developed initially for the one million English-speaking people who suffer from forms of Aphasia in the United States. Now, iName It will serve an even bigger population by reaching out to speakers of two additional languages. These individuals are unable to find the right word to describe an item, action or thing.

Since each person is different, creating an app to address everyone’s difficulty level was challenging.  Clinicians had to develop a universal approach that would be suitable for all types of users. iName It combines multiple strategies that can assist patients who struggle in a wide variety of areas. The app has been effective at helping patients with different levels of communication.

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iName It gives users a simple, systematic way to retrieve just the right word, using realistic visual scenes that are enhanced by the five methods of evidence-based cueing strategies. iName It allows speech therapists to use various combinations of cueing options in order to meet the requirements of each patient, regardless of their level of need. Each target word can be elicited by one or more of the available cues.

iName It is just one of the iPad apps created by certified Speech-Language Pathologists, Elizabeth Begley and Mary Pitti. iName it was developed under the guidance of seasoned app designer, Smarty Ears CEO and also speech-language pathologist Barbara Fernandes.  Fernandes’ company, Smarty Ears, has developed over sixty apps for those with various communication difficulties, including children and adults in a variety of languages.

According to Mary Pitti, Clinic Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor at the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Ithaca College, “We’re excited to making some updates to our iName It app for iPad.  By adding Spanish and Portuguese, we can now reach out and provide a tool to thousands more individuals who struggle with Aphasia around the world.”

Fernandes added, “This app has become an essential tool for SLP’s who work with those struggling with Aphasia. We zero in on basic words that people use on a daily basis.  We’ve gotten great feedback from Speech-Language Pathologists in Brazil who already use one or more of our 15 apps that are available in Portuguese thus far and many of them urged us to develop a version of iName It for those who speak Portuguese.”

Smarty Ears is an award-winning company with an extensive line of educational and medical apps, many available in multiple-languages and designed to serve as tools for promoting speech and language skills to children and adults. The apps are designed for kids and adults alike and have become a favorite tool for speech pathologists and teachers working with those who have communication difficulties.

Smarty Ears has earned the “Teachers with Apps Certified Developer” certification.  This Certification recognizes App Developers who consistently create educational apps for the mobile platform that are exemplary in content, presentation, and execution, as well as overall user experience.

iName It is currently available for $14.99 and can be purchased from the iTunes app store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iname-it/id486781414?mt=8. The app is compatible with an iPad running iOS 5.1 or above.

You can watch a video to learn more about iName it here:

For more information about Smarty Ears or iName It, please visit smartyearsapps.com or email at [email protected]

About Smarty Ears

Smarty Ears is an award-winning developer of educational iPad apps for children and adults. Each app is designed to educate students while making the learning experience fun and entertaining.  All apps are developed by certified speech-language pathologists & teachers with years of experience and training.  Smarty Ears was founded in 2009 by Barbara Fernandes, a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association and was the first company to create apps geared towards speech and language therapy for mobile devices.

 

For more information, please visit:  http://smartyearsapps.com/

 

Media Contact:

Jonathan Fernandes

Smarty Ears

De Soto, TX

 

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New features on Articulate it 3.5

New features on Articulate it 3.5

We have just released our latest version of Articulate it! Our best selling articulation app has never failed to impress parents, speech-language pathologists and children, but are you truly ready for what it offers on its version 3.5? Let’s take a look at all the great new features of this already fantastic app:

1. Generate and print certificates of mastery of articulation skills directly from the Articulate it!articulate it update

It is very easy to  generate the certificates:

  1. Tap on Reports
  2. Select the student
  3. Tap on generate certificate
  4. Select which sound, position, and level the student has mastered and tap “generate”.
  5. You can air print, send certificate to iBooks, or email a pdf file to yourself or to the parents. They will just love hearing the news!

2. Over 160 built-in homework sheets for you to print or share via email with parents

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You can access the homework files directly from your iPad without the need for wi-fi connection.

3. See data tracking results directly on the screen with percentages and fractions

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You have asked us to display not only the percentages but also the fractions. You got it!

4. Export all students’ results at the same to the FREE app Therapy Report Center

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If you already use TRC ( Therapy Report Center) you know that this is an incredible time saving application for teachers and speech-language pathologists. If you don’t know about TRC yet, make sure to download it today. In the past, you had to export students one by one to TRC, now you can tap one button and export all the results from all children from Articulate it to TRC. Amazing right?

The Therapy Report Center also now generates a graph with detailed information about your caseload and app usage.

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What are you thoughts on our latest update to Articulate it? If you love it, please take a few minutes to comment and leave us some feedback. This is the only way we have to know where to go next! Thanks to everyone who participated on the beta-testing of Articulate it 3.5

 

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Smarty Ears Releases Its New App for iPad, Sentence Ninja

Smarty Ears Releases Its New App for iPad, Sentence Ninja

Award-Winning producer of iPad apps for those with learning disabilities launches its newest app, Sentence Ninja. Sentence Ninja is designed to help children and adults improve their English sentence structure skills.

Desoto, TX – October 5, 2013 – Smarty Ears is pleased to announce the release of its newest educational app, “Sentence Ninja”. This app was authored by Rosie Simms and designed by Barbara Fernandes, two speech-language pathologists and it was designed to teach how to correctly build phrases and sentences in the English language.

The app is a multi-level, multi-player game that combines the latest iPad app features with today’s best understanding of how to teach English language word order on simple phrases all the way to complex sentences. Sentence Ninja uses the creative and fun Ninja theme and includes numerous features and the flexibility to teach both kids and adults how to combine words and produce grammatically correct sentences. Sentence Ninja was created as an educational tool to be used by those who are trying to learn English or by children with grammatical difficulties or recent stroke victims.

Smarty Ears is an award-winning company that is well-known for its extensive family of educational apps that promote speech and language skills in children and adults alike. The apps are often used by speech pathologists, teachers who work with special needs students, homeschooling parents, or people who are learning English as a second language.

Smarty Ears has earned the “Teachers with Apps Certified Developer” certification. This Certification recognizes App Developers who consistently develop educational apps for the mobile platform that are exemplary in content, presentation, and execution, as well as overall user experience.

App designer and Smarty Ears founder, Barbara Fernandes, had this to say, “We are so pleased with our latest educational app and have already received very positive feedback from users. Kids, educators and parents are finding Sentence Ninja fun and easy to use. It is a great tool for individuals of all ages who need some help learning about sentence structure. Sentence Ninja is, in my opinion, one of Smarty Ears’ best productions yet!

Sentence Ninja uses a delightful Ninja theme to engage individuals as they learn correct word order in sentences. The iPad app is easy to customize, and adaptable enough to adjust to meet everyone’s learning levels. There are 39 difficulty levels that range from simple two-word phrases to complex sentences. The app teaches and reinforces grammar rules in the English language.

A playful Ninja figure walks across stepping stones as players move from one level to the next. With each turn, words are displayed on pieces of paper. The player drags these words to a line at the bottom of the screen to form a complete sentence. If the sentence is not correct, the words return to their position and the student can try again. When a session is completed, a simple tap on the done button takes the user to a reports center where the student’s progress is shown. Users can generate certificates and win awards as they move through the levels.

About Smarty Ears
Smarty Ears is an award-winning developer of educational iPad apps for children and adults. Each app is designed to educate students while making the learning experience fun and entertaining. All apps are developed by certified speech-language pathologists & teachers with years of experience and training. Smarty Ears was founded in 2009 by Barbara Fernandes, a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association and was the first company to create apps geared towards speech and language therapy for mobile devices.

For more information, please visit: http://smartyearsapps.com/service/sentence-ninja/

Media Contact:
Jonathan Fernandes
Contact @ smartyears . com
Smarty Ears
De Soto, TX

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Enter here to win a copy of Articulate it and Apraxia Ville

Enter here to win a copy of Articulate it and Apraxia Ville

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This is our second giveaway, and we really like doing it! This week we have two great apps to giveaway: Articulate it & Apraxia Ville. These are essential tools to your  practice and we will be doing a giveaway.

 Here is a little bit about these apps:

Apraxia Ville is a unique application created specifically to help children with childhood apraxia of speech and severe speech-sound disorders. With multiple levels, both vowel and consonant targets, and the ability to create custom words, Apraxia Ville is perfect for those students struggling with sound production. Designed by certified speech-language pathologists, Apraxia Ville provides video modeling of consonants and vowels, word targets by syllable structure (CV, VC, CVC, CVCV, CCVC, etc…), customization of targets, and progress monitoring making it perfect for use by SLPs, special educators, and parents alike.

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Articulate it! is an application designed by a certified speech-language pathologist for the iPhone and the iPad to help children practice their pronunciation skills. Articulate it! has been nominated for several awards, and mentioned as ” every speech therapists’ favorite and best” articulation application on the market. This app was designed to allows speech therapists and parents work towards improving the speech of children with speech delays.

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