About-- Is that Silly?
The purpose for Is That Silly is to encourage language growth. Children with ADHD, Autism, language disorders, and various learning disorders often struggle to attend to details. Is That Silly allows the parent, SLP, or teacher to teach the expressive and pragmatic language skills many of these children are lacking. When the adult continues asking questions about the picture, the student is encouraged to expand language skills2. Because the app is fun and creative the students will be motivated to see what happens on the next picture.
Is That Silly is a fun way to teach children of various ages to pay attention to detail and expand their language skills. Designed with over 120 pictures created specifically to attract children’s attention, Is That Silly helps develop both receptive and expressive language as well as encouraging visual and auditory attention. The high-quality images in Is that Silly come in pairs, one silly and one “not silly” and are presented randomly. Each non-silly picture represents an every-day or true-life situation. The matching picture will vary by a silly change in wording.
To begin a game from the main menu select "play it!". With each turn, a narrator describes what is happening in the picture (e.g., “He is wearing his shoes on his hands.”). The student then selects the “silly” or “not silly” image.
Expressive Language Skills
If the “silly” image is tapped correctly, the app automatically moves forward to the expressive feature and the child is asked what makes that picture silly. The adult working with the child then makes the judgment on if the child’s answer was “correct,” “almost correct,” or “not correct.” The correct/incorrect responses are marked by tapping on one of three flowers placed discretely in each scene.
A “next” arrow is present on the right hand side (underneath a bee) on every page so the scene can be skipped if necessary. A tally of correct responses is tucked discretely in the corner of each scene. The settings can be changed during gameplay by pressing the gear shaped icon in the top left corner of the screen. Pressing the home button (house shaped icon) in the top right corner ends the game.
Is that Silly is customizable from both the main menu by selecting the "settings" button and inside each scene during gameplay by selecting the gear shaped. The adult can choose if there are verbal/written prompts and verbal rewards. In addition, if the student is not ready for the expressive component, the prompt to explain why a picture is silly can be turned off.
Selecting "edit exercises" on the bottom of the settings menu allows the user to select or deselect any of the individual items that will be presented. By default all items are selected as indicated by the green check mark to the right of the item. The exercises are divided between the "silly" and "not silly" items; touching the corresponding tabs in the top center allows the user to look and edit each list. Scroll down on each list by making an upwards swiping motion in order to see more items. When you are done making changes select the "close" button in the top left corner to return to the previous menu.
At the end of the session, a report card is generated indicating how the student has done. By pressing the "share" button on the bottom right corner, this report card can be uploaded into the Therapy Report Center (a great free app fro building progress reports) or emailed from the app.
1. Yoder, Davies, Bishop, Munson (1994) Effect of adult continuing wh-questions on conversational participation in children with developmental disabilities Journal of Speech and Hearing Research Vol 37, 193-204.
love it!! by Allthingsautism - Version 1.1 - Mar 2, 2013
i am a mom of a severely affected son on the autism spectrum...we love this app because it is a fun way to teach about being silly. the characters are bright and fun.the best way to teach is to make something so fun...they do not realize they are learning...BRILLIANT!!..thank you fo creating a fun way for my son to learn 🙂
Very Entertaining by Carol52Carol - Version 1.1 - Sep 1, 2012
This app is so entertaining for the kids.The app has nice clear pictures that the children find so funny. We are able to have some great discussions and participate in problem solving. I like the rate of speech of the narrator and especially like that the text and auditory prompt can be turned on or off. Very useful app in addressing multiple goals.
Great App! by Jerry Butanda - Version 1.1 - May 18, 2012
My kids love this app and they find it hilarious and are able to have some great discussion about the scenarios. I do not agree with the previous reviewer about the pictures being inappropriate. These kinds of scenarios can also be good discussion on problem solving and safety issues in a not so serious avenue. Keep up the amazing work Smarty Ears. Can't wait for all the brand new tools you will provide for my therapy in the future!