Monday, July 18, 2016
Guest Review by Jenni: Custom Boards Premium from Smarty Ears
Bottom Line: Custom boards is a great time saving app meant for any age. This app allows you to create unique and individualized materials for just about anything, including articulation, expressive language, receptive language, fluency, and any other idea you can think of! Materials can also be easily saved and shared with others.
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Smarty Ears has created another great app with Custom Boards. While this is not a new app (first released in 2012), I wish I had known about it so much sooner! To begin, this is not your “normal” app. You may not be opening up the iPad and using this directly with your child or client (but you certainly can!), I feel this is meant to create and print materials to use.
There are six different areas to choose from when making your custom board: activities and games, devices and switches, signs and labels, grids and boards, schedules and calendars, and worksheets. With more than 126 templates and growing, you can create a daily schedule, bingo, dice, sudoku, or create your own interactive book. The options are endless! You will be able to create materials for any goal area including articulation, grammar, sequencing, synonyms/antonyms, fluency and overlays for several different communication devices. Seriously, this list could go on and on! Articulation may be the easiest because the images are sorted by category but then can be sorted by initial, medial, or final sounds. If you find the 10,000 images in the app are not enough, you can also add pictures from Google or your camera.
While it is great for therapists, it can also be beneficial for parents and teachers! Parents may want this for additional practice, while teachers may create their own activities, including graphic organizers, sequencing, spelling, etc.
In my time using apps, I have truly found two or three apps that I could honestly say I love. After using this app, I will tell you Custom Boards will be added to this list. Why did I love this app so much? The major reason is because it will save me time. As a busy speech language pathologist, I don’t always have time to sort through five different books to find materials to work on and/or send home. I can’t tell you the number of game boards and hide and seek games that I created from scratch last year. Custom Boards will take of all of that! Seriously, no more standing in front of the copier resizing images, followed by cutting, taping, copying all over again (I know I am not the only one who does this). With Custom Boards, I was able to make a few different activities in less than 5 minutes! The only reason I did not give this app 5 stars is due to the price. While it is a great app, Custom Boards is expensive and may cause some people to hesitate to purchase it.
Custom boards is a great time-saving app meant for any age. This app allows you to create unique and individualized materials for just about anything, including articulation, expressive language, receptive language, fluency and any other idea you can think of! Materials can also be easily saved and shared with others.
Jenni is a speech language pathologist and guest reviewer on Smart Apps for Kids.