Happy Friday! I am happy to be back with another fabulous app from Mobile Education Store, Language Builder! Kyle so generously gave me a copy of this app to review and one to giveaway to a lucky reader! Keep reading to hear how you can use this app in therapy and enter to win in the Rafflecopter below 🙂
Language Builder is designed to help students work on sentence formation to build expressive and receptive language skills. As always, there is a video tutorial, which you can access HERE.
When you open Language Builder, this is the menu that greets you. Here, you customize the app for your caseload. You create a profile for the students you work with, choosing their individualized options. You can toggle on/off the Hint Button and the Audio Instructions, choose the necessary Hint Level, and pick the Theme(s) for the Images you will work with. Image Themes included are:
- Original (this is a variety of pictures of children in different settings)
- Inside Playtime
You have the option to purchase additional themes. You can also choose to randomize all of the themes. I found the themes helpful for some of my reluctant kiddos who have special interests that happened to be featured. Once you have all of your options set, its time to play!
When you tap play, this is the first screen that pops up with an audio prompt to make a sentence about the picture. You can choose to record the sentence, take a hint, or skip the picture. If you choose a hint, there are 3 different levels…
Level 1 hints include a cloze sentence with 2 fill in the blanks. The blanks are a variety of parts of speech, which is great for varied practice.
Level 2 offers a sentence starter…
And Level 3 is auditory only, giving the student 2 words to use in the sentence they make. Once your student makes their sentence, you can choose to Record the sentence and Listen to it.
You then have the option to save the sentence(s).
If you save the sentence, it is kept in the student’s archive, which you can use to monitor progress.
What I like about Language Builder:
- Easy to use
- Engaging pictures based on interests
- Multiple levels for prompting
- Recording feature with playback for self monitoring
- Build receptive and expressive language targeting a variety of skills…sentence structure, vocabulary, pragmatics, etc.
What I would love to see in the future:
- Group option to work with multiple students at once
- Data collection for correct vs. incorrect responses
Language Builder is typically available in iTunes for $9.99….but it is on sale right now for $5.99! AND I have a copy to give away to one reader! Enter via the Rafflecopter below 🙂 Good Luck!