Monday, November 18, 2013

Top App List - What did you say? Oh.. you want listening apps!


Over on our Facebook Fanpage, we hold a regular discussion time, where you can ask all our fans for advice.  If you have a question to ask, please head over to our Facebook page where you can easily enter your question for discussion by using the Questions tab.  Rise asked:

I work with a student who has a cochlear implant and am looking for free listening apps for her iPad. Looking particularly for good auditory training games.  Any ideas?

We received the following suggestions:

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Joan said:  I picked up my iPad and search the App Store under just AUDITORY.  Saw a ton of what look like interesting free apps.
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Auditory Workout

Kim suggested:  Auditory workout.  Expensive but worth it.

From iTunes:
Auditory Workout was created by a certified speech and language pathologist for students ages 4–10 who exhibit auditory processing disorders or other related disorders (e.g., receptive language disorder or autism). 

Auditory Workout is research-based and focuses on improving auditory attention and memory and auditory processing of verbal directions. 

This engaging, colorful app includes hundreds of audio instructions and the feature that allows users to set background noise (classroom noise). Children are welcomed by the basketball coach, who encourages them to work hard. Children earn a basketball for each correct response, and when they accumulate enough balls, they are rewarded with a game (a game of catch for younger children or/and basketball for older children).

Auditory Workout allows children to follow increasingly longer and more complex directions and includes more than 13 levels of difficulty


If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:

($19.99, iPad only)



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Hope Words HD


Meredith commented:  Hope Words.

From iTunes:
The HOPE Words app was developed from the Cochlear HOPE rehabilitation program – a comprehensive series of materials developed by Cochlear to support the rehabilitation needs of children and adults with cochlear implants, and the professionals who serve them. 

Features of the Cochlear HOPE Words App
oInteractive flashcards for the full alphabet 
oSimply touch on the word or image, and the image will enlarge with a voice narration from one of the world’s leading auditory verbal therapists
oAdvance through the alphabet to learn key word associations for each sound
oEach letter features 20 words 
oOnce mastered, shake your iPhone to shuffle the words and mix things up
oUsed in conjunction with specific language goals from a child’s individual treatment plan 

Includes additional HOPE resources for listening and spoken language* 
oSpeech Sounds 
oSpeech Sounds: Vowels
oHOPE Tips: Learning with Literacy
oHOPE Bulletin: Vocabulary Development for Children with Cochlear Implants


If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking the following buttons:

Hope Words Lite
(FREE, iPad only)


Hope Words HD
($1.99, iPad only)



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Cheryl made many suggestions in her comment:  Not sure what age and hearing age but here are some:  For Hear Coach, for checking if the CI is working properly Auditory Verbal (kind of childish), AB CLIX - not so much a game and need to be a reader, Hearbuilder.  I also use some of the reading comprehension apps - I read it to the child and then ask questions.  Fun with Directions HD Lite and more fun with Directions Lite too, Linguisystems phonology cards lite.  Touch the Sound.  Also search Phonics, minimal pairs.

Hear Coach 


From iTunes:
Individuals with hearing loss tend to have increased difficulty understanding speech in noise and as a result experience communication breakdowns. Tasks like the ones in this game have been shown to help improve listening ability in noise. When people have improved listening in noise they don't have to work as hard to hear and can relax and participate in conversations without straining, even in loud or busy environments. 

Hear Coach is a suite of listening games developed by Starkey Laboratories; it features games that challenge both your cognitive and auditory sharpness.

Hear Coach allows you to track your progress over time and unlock more difficult levels as your performance improves. A different background noise stimulus within each of the levels provides you with varying degrees of difficulty to help you train your auditory system in different environments. This app is designed to help people who think they might have a hearing loss, people who have new hearing aids, and even experienced hearing aid users who want to get the most out of their listening. 


If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:

 (Free, iPhone/iPad)
 

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AB CLIX


From iTunes:
CLIX is the first installment in a suite of rehabilitation applications that make up the Advanced Bionics Listening Exercises (able). This free program is for adults using hearing aids or cochlear implants who want to practice listening for word differences in both quiet and noise. 

The ability to discriminate between vowels and consonants is a skill that improves with practice. This app is designed for both self-study or work with a friend or other party (referred to as your “Listening Coach”). 

After you take the placement test, the app will suggest areas to visit where you can practice listening for words or words within phrases in a 45-level hierarchy. You can choose to add noise at any time to increase the difficulty. 


If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:
 
(FREE, iPad only)



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Hearbuilder Phonological Awareness


From iTunes:
This evidence-based, interactive program helps students improve their phonological awareness and listening skills. Students earn instruments and band members to form the rock band The Phonemix while learning to segment, blend, and manipulate sounds. 
This app includes a free tour of the first level of all the activities in HearBuilder Phonological Awareness. If you have a subscription to Super Duper Learning and a student login, you can access the entire online version of the program. 
Program Features 
•Targets nine phonological awareness skills: Sentence Segmentation, Syllable Blending, Syllable Segmentation, Rhyming, Phoneme Blending, Phoneme Segmentation & Identification, Phoneme Deletion, Phoneme Addition, Phoneme Manipulation
•Multi-level program gradually increases in difficulty
•Research-based, evidence-based program
•Teaches children important listening and sound awareness for reading
•Meets the needs of children with different skill levels
•Monitors progress and provides frequent feedback
•Allows educator to add background noise at any level


If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:

(FREE, iPad) 


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Hearbuilder Following Directions


From iTunes:
The award-winning, evidence-based software program is now an iPad app! HearBuilder Following Directions gives students a systematic way to improve their auditory and following directions skills! At the same time, students will learn how to become Master Toy Makers while building their own Toy Central factories. 

Take a free tour of the first level of all the activities in the app. If you have a subscription to HearBuilder Online and a student login, you can access the entire app. 

App features:
•Follow increasingly difficult directions 
•Demonstrate knowledge of 40 basic concepts in five areas: Basic Directions, Sequential Directions, Quantitative & Spatial Directions, Temporal Directions, and Conditional Directions
•Research and evidence based
•Teaches children important listening and sound awareness for reading
•Uses a fun game format to teach children better auditory processing and listening skills
•Meets the needs of children with different skill levels
•Monitors progress and provides frequent feedback
•Allows educator to add background noise at any level


If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:
 
(FREE, iPad only)


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Fun with Directions HD


From iTunes:
Open a door and see what’s behind it! Give the boy something to eat. He’ll even say “Thanks!” Color a cat with the help of the magic crayon! Push a button and watch the elevator door open-what could be inside? 

Fun with Directions is a ground-breaking app for the iPAD, designed to provide a fun and engaging way to practice listening, following directions, colors, spatial concepts, auditory memory and auditory processing. From the simplest of directions (“Touch the cat”) to the more complex (“With your orange crayon, color the large one that is a furry pet and likes to chase mice”) your child can grow and learn with this game over time. Colorful, vivid art and animations against a white background combine to create a complete game experience without visual clutter. Sound effects and surprises keep the game engaging! This app is a great choice for a toddler/preschooler, or any young child who would like to practice listening to or reading directions!


If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking the following buttons:

Fun with Directions HD Lite
($0.99, iPad only)

Fun with Directions HD
($15.99, iPad only)


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More fun with Directions HD


From iTunes:
If you liked our “Fun with Directions” app, you’ll also love More Fun with Directions too! This iPad app continues with the same playful, colorful and engaging format with a focus on 12 concepts: turn on/turn off; up/down, front/behind, on/under, put in/take out, above/below.

Help the monkey go up the tree, but watch out! He likes to throw those coconuts! Pop the bubble that is above the bird. Put the elephant under the larger table. Help the squirrel go down the tree. Turn off the red radio.

More Fun with Directions is designed to provide a fun and engaging way to practice listening, following directions, colors, comparatives (larger/smaller) spatial concepts, auditory memory and auditory processing. From the simplest of directions (“Turn on the lamp”) to the more complex (“Do you see a musical instrument with black and white keys? Put it behind the couch”) your child can grow and learn with this game over time. Colorful, vivid art and animations against a white background combine to create a complete game experience without visual clutter. Sound effects and surprises keep the game engaging! This app is a great choice for a toddler/preschooler, or any young child who would like to practice listening to or reading directions!


If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking the following buttons:

More Fun with Directions Lite
($0.99, iPad only)
More Fun with Directions HD
($15.99, iPad only)



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LinguiSystems Phonology Cards


From iTunes:
Help children who have unintelligible speech or multiple sound errors eliminate their error patterns. This app develops two major skill areas: auditory discrimination and speech sound production. Vibrant illustrations, audio examples, student scoring and data management, and record/playback features make this an indispensable teaching tool. 

The app targets six common sound error patterns (i.e., phonological processes) with 240 vocabulary words familiar to preschoolers: 
•Cluster reduction (e.g., cloud, loud)
•Final consonant deletion (e.g., couch/cow)
•Fronting (e.g., kite/tight)
•Gliding (e.g., ring/wing)
•Initial consonant deletion (e.g., chin/in)
•Stopping (shower/tower)

The pictures are presented individually and in pairs. The picture-pairs (also called minimal pairs) feature words that differ by one sound, letting the child contrast the error sound with the correct target sound.


If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking the following buttons:
 
LinguiSystems Phonology Cards Lite
(FREE, iPad only)


LinguiSystems Phonology Cards
($24.99, iPad only)

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Touch the Sound


From iTunes:
Touch the Sound is a fun new game that allows your kid to explore the world of sounds one touch at a time.

This app focused on helping kids learn to recognize familiar sounds and match the sounds to the picture. The interface is so simple to use, that even little babies will delight in using this app.

WHY PARENTS AND TEACHERS LOVE THIS APP

✔ The app is super easy to customize so you and adjust everything to your liking
✔ You can turn individual concepts ON or OFF and introduce one new sound at a time
✔ Sounds are grouped into 5 selectable categories (animals, home, music instruments, nature, and transport)
✔ The app is super easy to use for kids of all ages and all abilities
✔ You can add new concepts (emotions, actions, etc.) in one click

WHY KIDS WILL LOVE IT TOO

✔ 300+ gorgeous photos keep kids engaged and wanting more
✔ The app comes with 170+ fascinating sounds
✔ The app if fun, simple, and easy to use
✔ Wrong answers do not interfere with gameplay


If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:

(FREE, iPhone/iPad)



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