Articulation Scenes

Articulation Scenes brings articulation practice to a whole new level! This app, developed and designed by a certified speech language pathologist allows children to practice their sounds with a variety

 

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Articulation Scenes brings articulation practice to a whole new level! This app, developed and designed by a certified speech language pathologist allows children to practice their sounds with a variety of engaging and fun activities centered around the cinema theme.
Based on scenes, Articulation Scenes provides numerous opportunities for children to pronounce their sounds more clearly. All activities were beautifully designed around the theme of cinema and movies for a fun and interesting learning activity.

Articulation Scenes comes with 72 stunning built-in scenes and over 1200 practice words.

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Initial B
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Initial CH
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Initial H

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Medial K
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Final SH
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Medial S

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Each sound contains at least three scenes: Initial, Medial or Final Scenes:

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“Articulation Scenes has definitely lived up to the hype! My clients and I had a great time testing it out at work!” Nanette Cote, MA, CCC-SLP

 

Additionally, for children who need practice with one of the most targeted phonemes in speech therapy sessions / r/ , we have included one scene per each separate type of the sound “r” : [ pre-vocalic, blends, air, ar, ear, ire, or, rl ].

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air
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ar
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ear

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r blends
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pre-vocalic r
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rl

“This app includes a lot of target phonemes with the pictures incorporated into scenes that provide context and facilitate sentence level productions and generalization and carryover. The scenes are attractive and children will particularly enjoy finding the hidden pictures.” http://testyyettrying.blogspot.com/
Each scene contains 4 separate activities:

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Find the hidden items

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This first activity allows children the opportunities to listen to targeted words and find them on each scene. The child is presented with the audio of each word, as they tap on the word they win points.

 

The word list is constantly updated to give space to new words as the student wins points and practice listening to the correct pronunciation of the sounds.
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Winning awards
When users find all hidden items within each scene they win trophies. These trophies get saved on their trophy case and can be accessed after each session or at any time. There is a trophy for each scene available on this app. Children enjoy collecting the trophies and taking a printed copy of it home.

 

The awards can be accessed from the main menu by tapping on “The Lounge” button followed by tapping on “ My trophy case”.

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Once the trophy screen is opened, make sure to scroll down to view if the student has any awards. By tapping on the “share” button you can create a PDF file that can be printed for the student.

 

“Smarty Ears has done it again! Articulation Scenes is a new creative and engaging way to work on articulation and language skills! The app premise is based on scenes and has very cute, “hollywoodish” graphics and animations.”

Tap and say it

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The second activity on Articulation Scenes is the “ Tap & Say it activity”. This is the first of three activities targeting speech production.

 

Children tap on the items on the scene, which are isolated allowing the therapist to track and monitor their productions.

As users tap on the target items on each scene, the item is isolated which allows the child to attempt producing the word and allows the supervising adult to determine if the production was correct, incorrect, or almost there.

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The Tap & Say it activity also award point to the child based on whether the production was “missed”, “ almost” or “ got it”. It is possible to hear a pre-recorded audio of each word by tapping on the image.

 

“This is exactly what is sounds like! The child taps on target words in each scene and the picture pops up bigger. Here the therapist (parent/teacher) has data recording tools (missed it, almost, and got it). This keeps track of accuracy for you! There is also an option to record the child’s voice for instant personal feedback. What I really like is that you can practice each word as many times as you want. To get more practice you can have the child say each word 3 times! When you are finished with the scene it provides a nice report with percentage of accuracy. Again you can also use this game for vocabulary building for those kids who have language and articulation goals!” Panda Speech http://pandaspeech.blogspot.com/2012/06/articulation-scenes-review.html
Voice files are saved on the application

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This activity allows adults to record the voice of the child. The audio file is saved on the results page, and can be accessed at anytime after the session. Voice recorders are a great way to provide feedback on the child’s production of the sounds.

 

Immediately after the recording, you can tap on the “play” button to listen to the child’s recording or tap on the “record new” button to record a new audio file.

 

The movie theater

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Articulation Scenes includes exciting stories for the scenes. The level 3 allows children to listen to each story, and target sound in connected speech. This is an important step for mastery of the target sound. Children get the opportunity to listen to a story using the target words.
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“What a fun app! Downloaded this last week and my students are asking for it everyday! They especially like the hidden picture scenes. I especially like the stories and recording option to create your own story. This is a great carryover activity for older kiddos especially. Kids are very motivated to collect the trophies when they complete an activity. They Are bummed tho when they can’t earn all of them because we are not working on each sound!” Yvette Bardole SLP

 

“Kids enjoyed it. I like that this app can be used for not only articulation but for language as well! I have pulled up the picture scene and used it for obtaining language samples. I also like that there are printables for each sound and position that you can print out for homework!” iTunes Review
The production room

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This is the activity that allows children to either create their own stories, record them and continue to practice.

 

The Production Room offers two options:

 

Option 1: Designed for younger students that are not yet reading and,

 

Option 2: This one was designed for older students that could benefit from practicing sound production during with a reading task.

The option 1 leads the child to a screen containing the scene and a voice recorder. On this option children are allowed to use their imagination to create any story they would like using the visual scene provided. Once they record the story they get to return to the move theater and listen to their story played at the movie theater.

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To complete the recording, tap on the stop button and then the “All Done” button.
The option 2 takes students to a screen where they will use the written story in a teleprompter to record their voice.

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“I love this app. It has made articulation carry over easier for my students. They love the scenes. I am also able to use it for my language students and fluency students. Nice- when you have mixed groups.” Patti B. SLP

Data tracking

Data tracking capabilities and exciting reward activities are also some of the great features on Articulation Scenes. The Report card page includes a lot of information regarding the child’s product such as accuracy, total number of practices, first and last date of practice, etc…

 

The results can be emailed or printed directly from your iPad using an air printing ready printer. The results can also be exported back to our free data tracking app called the Therapy Report Center.
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articulation-img39 Articulation Scenes includes built-in homework.

We have completed the application by adding homework sheets containing the words included on each scene that can be sent home for further practice. Clinicians can use the pdf files to send home, or to create other activities based on the application.
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Using Articulation Scenes
Adding a player

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Creating players on Articulation Scenes is fast and straightforward. From the main menu tap on “Play”; this brings you to the players list screen. Select “New Player” on the top left. Type in a student name, tap on the white “tap to add photo” area to select either a photo (from your photo library), an avatar (from 99 built in fun character illustrations), or nothing as visual representation, of the student. Press “done” to save the player.

 

Adding a player is a prerequisite to starting a new activity. Smarty Ears does not have access to any of the students’ name or photos. This information stays on the device and it is not transmitted online anywhere. You can learn more about Smarty Ears’ privacy policy here.

Video Tutorial

 

Features

 

1. Compatible with the Therapy Report Center
2. Four activities
3. Track student’s progress overtime
4. Data tracking capabilities
5. Students win trophies as they master their sounds
6. Auditory bombardment activity
7. Practice words at the word, reading, and conversation level
8. Built-in voice recorder
9. Voice files are saves and can be accessed at any time
10. Over 1200 words!
11. Homework files are included at no additional cost

 

Review from bloggers
” Put on your fancy shoes and head down the red carpet with Smarty Ears’ newest application: Articulation Scenes! Smarty Ears has definitely put a lot of time and effort into this application and it shows through every aspect. With movie theater themed screens, activities, and buttons, this application is truly the best looking of the articulation applications currently on the market!” http://consonantlyspeaking.com/posts/2012/06/abcs-4-slps-a-is-for-appsarticulationarticulation-scenes-review
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“Articulation Scenes is an app designed to target 1200 practice words using 72 scenes. The app provides opportunities to target articulation targets without the flashcard feel of most apps! The app includes data tracking capabilities and a rewards shelf for each child. The developers have also added homework sheets containing the words included on each scene that can be sent home for further practice. This could be a huge timesaver for you!

 

The app is focused on articulation, but can easily be used to simultaneously target language skills. Syntax can easily be targeted in the labeling activity by using sentences. The movie theater and production room are great for language skills including organization, narration and syntax. Target inferences by giving clues for the item you want them to find and say. Target fluency skills during both reading and spontaneous generation of sentences.” http://speechroomnews.blogspot.com/2012/06/articulation-scenes-app-review-giveaway.html

“My students found it engaging and I liked the variety it offered. I liked how there were opportunities to practice self-monitoring skills. The app’s reinforcement system of earning trophies was clever and worked well for my students, they kept asking each other how many were in their cases”. http://thespeechbubbleslp.blogspot.com/
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