Saturday, May 24, 2014

Smarty Ears Sale: Part Three - save $75 on eight apps

Smarty Ears continues to roll out big discounts on some of their most popular apps. The third and final installment of their Better Hearing and Speech Month sale offers major discounts on eight great apps. Apps will return to regular price on May 27, 2014 at noon EST so don't delay. SLPs, take a break from all that end of the year paperwork and download some new apps today. Parents, help your child work on speech and language goals over the summer with one of these great deals.
If you would like to download one or all of these discounted apps, please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by clicking on the links provided.

iName it (Read Sarah's 4 star review here)

iName It is specifically designed to help individuals with difficulty recalling the names of common items found in the home. Developed by speech-language pathologists, iName It provides users with a systematic way to recall functional words needed for activities of daily living. iName It consists of fifty nouns that are displayed within the context of the rooms where they are typically located, such as bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, etc… Each target word can be elicited by using one of more of the five different types of cues available: phonemic, phase completion, whole word or semantic.

(iPad only, $14.99 to $7.99)


WH Questions is a multi-player game designed specifically to help kids answer and ask WH questions. Children with language disorders often struggle to answer WH questions in a meaningful way1. In addition, many children with language disorders are unable to ask grammatically correct questions. Designed by a certified speech-language pathologist, WH Questions features over 400 WH opportunities to answer and ask real-world questions.

(iPhone/iPad, $9.99 to $4.99)

Speech Trainer 

Speech Trainer 3-D is a unique application created specifically to help individuals with speech-sound disorders and English language learners. Speech Trainer 3-D provides an animated video model for both consonants and vowel sounds. With both a side and front view, Speech Trainer 3-D provides 32 English language sounds: 23 consonants and 8 vowels. Designed by a certified speech-language pathologist, Speech Trainer 3-D is perfect for those individuals struggling with sound production and for use by SLPs, special educators, and parents alike.

(iPhone/iPad, $9.99 to $3.99)

Sentence Ninja

Sentence Ninja is a multi-player multi-level app designed to improve sentence structure skills in children and adults. Designed by a certified speech-language pathologist, Sentence Ninja uses a fun Ninja theme to engage clients in their learning while teaching word order. Easily customizable to fit nearly every need, Sentence Ninja is a great addition to the therapy toolbox.

(iPad only, $19.99 to $9.99)


Expressive was featured on the "Autism Hangout" Podcast and the "TUAW.COM" as an app that is helping children & adults to communicate and learn. This is an entry to mid-level, easy to use, and powerful app that allows children and adults with speech impairment or communication difficulties to express their wants and needs through the use of pictures and symbols. Expressive was designed to meet the needs of a wide range of users. Children can use this application to communicate by tapping buttons with symbols or pictures that generate sound. Expressive includes over 10,000 built-in images from the Smarty Symbols library.

(iPhone/iPad, $29.99 to $9.99)

SLP Goal Bank

The SLP Goal Bank was designed to be used as a clinical tool for speech-language pathologists (SLPs). Created by SLPs and developed by Smarty Ears, LLC, the SLP Goal Bank serves as a starting point for busy SLPs creating goals for children and adults with speech-language issues. As such, it is designed for use by those individuals trained in selecting speech and language goals for special needs populations. The SLP Goal Bank contains 26 different treatment areas in which an SLP may need to write a goal. Each treatment area has a wide variety of goals ranging from preliminary to advanced levels. The SLP Goal Bank allows the SLP to select goals from multiple treatment areas. Recognizing that each SLP has specific criteria to meet for each client, the SLP Goal Bank also allows the goals to be edited prior to printing or sharing. In addition, the SLP Goal Bank also allows the SLP to create unique goals in a treatment area.  

(iPad only, $15.99 to $5.99)

Profile of Phonological Awareness

The Profile of Phonological Awareness (Pro-PA) was developed for the purpose of evaluating and describing the phonological awareness skills of children. Phonological awareness skills are related to speech sound and literacy development and should be assessed in children with difficulties in speech, language and/or reading (Catts, 1993; Gillon, 2002, 2005). Describing phonological awareness skills in students can make it easier for educators and clinicians to target early, and even later, reading difficulties as these foundational skills are strongly related to early and later reading skills (Catts, 1993; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 2000; Stanovich, 2000), writing skills (Clarke-Klein & Hodson, 1995), and speech and language skills (Carroll & Snowling, 2004; Gillon, 2000, 2002, 2005). This evaluation can be considered as part of a full speech, language, and/or literacy evaluation or can be stand alone.  

(iPad only, $24.99 to $12.99)

Categories Learning Center

Categories Learning Center is a multi-level, multi-player application designed by Speech-Language Pathologists to improve language comprehension for individuals of all age groups. Categories Learning Center is based on research surrounding language development and language processing in children; however, categorization skills may prove useful for individuals of all ages with word finding, memory, and reading comprehension difficulties. The ability to identify and categorize an object by associating common features is critical for building the semantic networks needed for reading comprehension (Partyka & Kresheck, 1983). Poor categorization skills can influence word finding, comprehension, and language processing. Children with language disorders often have difficulty explaining a relationship between items, forming word associations, and building the semantic networks needed for speaking and writing (Semel, Wiig, & Secord, 2003).  

(iPad only, $9.99 to $4.99)

Sarah has done so much paperwork in the last that she's gone through two ink cartridges. 

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