Apraxia Ville

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
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About Apraxia Ville

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 (e.g., CV, VC, CVC, etc.), customization of targets, and progress monitoring making it perfect for use by SLPs, special educators, and parents alike.
For Parents

Apraxia Ville features easy-to-follow menus and a built-in video tutorial. Under the guidance of your child’s speech therapist you can extend therapy time to your home and complete home programming as suggested. Working on the same therapy techniques at home that your child learns at school or at the clinic is an excellent way to encourage generalization of skills and improve progress.

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For clinicians
Apraxia Ville was designed to assist in sound production therapy by utilizing technology to present sounds and words to students while collecting data. Apraxia Ville utilizes a phonotactic intervention strategy by allowing targets to be selected by consonant or vowel and by planning movement sequences within syllables. This allows the student to produce words of varying syllable shape and moving into more complex word patterns (Velleman, 2006).

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Placement of the written word for each picture allows the SLP to incorporate a literacy component into therapy. Print referencing directs the students’ attention to the printed word in order to increase the metalinguistic focus of an activity (Justice & Ezell, 2004). Specifically, including the orthographic components while working on sound production, may aid in phonological awareness (Hodson, 2007).
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A quickplay option allows the app to go directly into target selection. In quickplay, no user data is kept within the app itself; however, it is compiled into a temporary report which can be emailed, printed, or exported to the Therapy Report Center a free app by Smarty Ears. To use quickplay simply tap the quickplay button from the title screen.

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Single or Multi-Player Options
Because Apraxia Ville is a multi-user application it can be easily utilized for group sessions. Apraxia Ville allows data to be collected on multiple utterances for each student allowing for many productions to be used for maximum therapy benefit without losing the ease in data collection (Edeal & Gildersleeve-Neumann, 2011).

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How to Play
Apraxia Ville is designed for single or multi-player use. Players may be imported into Apraxia Ville from the Therapy Report Center or entered on the home screen. Up to four players can be selected with individual selections for targets in both sound groups and syllable structure. If the student has used Apraxia Ville before, the adult also has the option of repeating the targets from the previous session. Multiple students can work on different targets in the same session.

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The level of play depends on which area the adult chooses to visit. Apraxia Ville has three areas from which to select: The Sound Windows (sound production), The Farm House (single word production), and The Words Farm (multiple word production). Visual stimuli are present in each area from animated phoneme production in Sound Windows to multiple word pictures in The Words Farm.

The Sound Windows
The Sound Windows activity was designed to help students practice individual sounds and syllables. Each window contains animations for vowels and consonants to provide a great animated visual aid for phoneme production. For individuals using an iPad2 or higher, the Sound Windows allows the player to activate the iPad camera and monitor his or her own productions while following the visual prompt. To change the target sound, simply tap on the target window and a choice wheel will display. Turn it to the correct sound and tap done.

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The Farm House
The Farm House is where players can practice single word production. Fully customizable by sound groups, vowels, and syllable structure, the Farm House is the intermediate step between syllables and multi-syllabic words.
The farm house includes seven (7) syllable structures (CV & VC, CVC, CVCV, CCVC, etc.). With over 22 consonant and vowel options, there is a wide variety of words to practice.
When the Farm House is selected, a window will populate with the selection of targets. Simply choose the syllable structure and the sound groups for each player. When there are multiple players, each individual will have his or her own targets for easy customization.

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When choosing a target, first select the syllable structure. Then choose the sound group that is being targeted. For instance, if the syllable structure level 1: “CV and VC” and the sound group “p, b, m” is selected, all consonant-vowel and vowel-consonant words containing p, b, and m will be used (e.g., “boo” “my” and “aim”). If the level 2 syllable structure (CVC) is selected and the “short A” phoneme is selected all consonant-vowel-consonant short A words will be used (e.g. “man” “cash” and “bat”).
If the user selects more than one syllable structure or more than one sound group, all of the words for the selections are used. For instance, if the user selects CVC and CVCV words both of those syllable structures will be displayed. If the user selects p, b, m and short A, then ALL p, b, m (e.g., “buck” “bar” “peel” and “pole”) will be displayed AS WELL AS all the short A words (e.g., “wag” “gas” and “can”). This ability to combine syllable structure and sound groups allows the individual to tailor each session and maximize the potential progress for every individual.
The Words Farm
In the Words Farm, the player can learn and practice multi-syllabic word production by combining words from the farm house. The player can choose to repeat words and syllable structure for each area or change the options for maximum growth. Fully customizable by sound groups, number of syllables, and syllable structure, the Words Farm is the third area of Apraxiaville and the last step toward completing sentences. To select the target, simply tap on the sign post to choose the sound and syllable structure.

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Adding players

To add a player, simply tap “select player” from the title page, and on the “ADD Player” button from the next screen.
A pop-up window will display and ask for the player’s name to be entered as well as a photo for an avatar to be selected. Individuals can choose from the stock avatars included in the app, or use the student’s own photo. Tap on “done” when the entry is complete.
In addition to adding players the traditional way, an individual may choose to add players by importing them from the free Therapy Report Center app also created by Smarty Ears.
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Deleting – editing players

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Occasionally an individual may need to edit or delete players. Simply select the appropriate player with a quick double tap. The pop-up window displaying the players name and avatar will populate the screen. At that time, the individual can change either the picture or the name, or delete the player completely.
If the quickplay option is selected, the app moves directly into target selection. After the session is completed, the adult has the option of emailing/printing results or uploading directly to The Therapy Report Center. However, it should be noted that with the quick play option, no user data will be retained in the app itself.

Video Tutorial

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The Words Farm
Apraxiaville has several tools available for developing self-monitoring skills. In the Sound Windows area, the player can access the camera to video his or her mouth moving the same as the animated model in the next window.
In both the Farm House and the Word Farm, players can access the audio recorder to record their sounds and words. A tap on the red “record” button begins the recording. A tap on the green arrow allows the audio to be played.

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Customization
Apraxia Ville has a “settings” button on the home screen. The settings button allows the user to modify the word pool and allows the adult to select the specific words used for the session. A simple touch selects or deselects the word choice.

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Create your own Custom Words!

Apraxia Ville has a “settings” button on the home screen. The settings button allows the user to modify the word pool and allows the adult to select the specific words used for the session. A simple touch selects or deselects the word choice.
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The Add Custom Images window will display. The individual can choose the image, the phoneme, vowel, and the syllable structure for which the word should appear. Tap the red record button to record the audio for that image. Tap “add” to complete the steps and add the custom word into the word bank. It is now available for all students to use.

Data Collection and Reports

Data is collected with sound production. Each student can produce multiple targets per turn. A touch to the avatar changes the active student and begins the data collection for that student. When the session is complete, a simple touch to the home button and confirmation tap brings the app to the reports function. The data includes: date of practice, target phoneme, syllable structure level, percent accuracy and number of words attempted. Tapping on recordings brings up the student’s recordings during that session. A graph is provided for easy progress monitoring. Apraxia Ville data collection reports can be exported to The Therapy Report Center. Apraxia Ville also creates backup data in iTunes that will allow it to be restored if for some reason the app needs to be deleted or a new iDevice is purchased.
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Homework

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Keep your students on track towards their goals with built-in homework sheets. It has never been so easy to share an activity for your students to practice at home. Homework can be directly printed from an “air ready” printer or emailed as a PDF!

Features
- Multiple player – multiple levels
- Data collection
- Recording feature
- Camera modeling
- Ability to choose by phoneme, syllable structure, and length of utterance
- Built-in Homework
- Data collection by session, phoneme, syllable structure,
- Compatible with The Therapy Report Center

 

Reviews

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Jessica Chase, SLP
“Apraxia Ville has definitely been a motivating application for my students who prefer animated and illustrated images or need an animated cue of mouth movement on an age-appropriate model instead of staring at my face all of the time.”

Katie Millican, SLP
“The farm-theme is not too cutesy or distracting from the tasks at hand. In fact, it seemed motivating for students to “work on the farm” while in speech class.”
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Jenna Rayburn, SLP
“The app takes into consideration the increasing complexity we use to target words including sound, syllable, words and combining words. I love the ability to select very specific targets included vowels and individual consonants. Printing homework is a huge plus, because finding words in just CV or VC can be difficult!”

Sources
Edeal, D., and Gildersleeve-Neumann, C. (2011)
The importance of production frequency in therapy for childhood apraxia of speech. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology Vol.20 95-110 May 2011.
Hodson, B. (2007)
Evaluating & enhancing children’s phonological systems. Thinking Publications University, Greenville, SC.; 138.
Justice, L. , & Ezell, H., (2004)
Print referencing: An emergent literacy enhancement strategy and its clinical applications. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 35(2), 185-193.
Velleman, S. (2006)
Childhood apraxia of speech: Assessment/treatment for the school-aged child. ASHA; retrieved from:
http://www.asha.org/Events/convention/handouts/2006/SC09_Velleman_Shelley/
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