The first activity is Picture Identification and with nearly 300 high-quality images, it provides an opportunity for practicing auditory identification of commonly used items.
The Picture Naming activity provides the opportunity to practice verbal production of the items seen in Picture Identification while naming the image presented.
The third activity, Divergent Naming, is purely expressive and includes both categorization and expressive language components by asking the individual to name items that fall within a specific category or function.
Sentence Completion provides the opportunity to practice sentence production by completing the sentence provided and allows for multiple correct responses per sentence.
Both Picture Identification and Picture Naming have high-quality pictures displayed on the screen. In Picture Identification, an audio prompt encourages the client to select the correct picture. In Picture Naming, there is no audio prompt and the client must supply the picture name. For Divergent Naming the client is asked to name items within a category; while Sentence Completion requires the user to complete the phrase or sentence. Each level increases in task complexity to provide and encourage a deeper level of understanding of language.
When the session is complete, a simple touch to the home button brings the app to the reports area. A touch to the client’s avatar and name brings up the data for that session. The data includes: date of practice, activity, number of attempted targets, and percent accuracy. In addition, a Notes button provides the option to write a note about the session.
Language Trainer data collection reports can be exported to The Therapy Report Center for easy progress monitoring and report writing.
Language Trainer has a “settings” button on the select user screen. The settings button allows the user to select the number of items on the screen in Picture Identification and an option to increase difficulty level if successful, as well as the number of items to name in Divergent Naming. In addition, within the settings button is an option to Modify Database which allows the user to modify the targeted words.
Language Trainer will also create backup data in iTunes which will allow it to be restored if for some reason the app needs to be deleted or a new iDevice is purchased.
The easy data collection provided by Language Trainer encourages use with RTI. The student data collected each therapy session is saved in chronological order allowing for ease of progress monitoring. The busy SLP or educator can see at a glance the activities targeted, difficulty level, and overall accuracy. In addition, the app allows data to be exported to the Therapy Report Center for easy report writing and integration with other speech-language goals.
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