Little Bee Speech has released a new version of Articulation Test Center and I’m so excited to bring you guys this app review!! Let’s check it out!
There are various settings features that you can turn on/off depending on your student. I really like being able to turn off certain options if I know they will be a distraction for my student. Usually this happens with my impulsive friends with voice prompts and they will continue to hit it over and over again.
Video tutorials are linked within the app, which is really nice. These are a definite much watch prior to administration. There is also a brief tutorial for both versions, which you can easily scroll through for a review.
For the Screener, you choose the age of the student you will be screening. Once you make your selection, a box will pop up indicating which sounds will be tested and how many stimulus cards there will be.
For the Full Test, items are broken down by initial, medial, final, blends, vowels, /r/, and a speech sample. You can choose to give the full test, which includes 59 stimulus cards, or you can choose a specific area you want to look at. I love that it breaks it down like this because when I have a student who I know is just an /r/ error, I don’t need to go through all of those other sounds, but I can get a clear picture of their /r/ error pattern. The inclusion of a speech sample is just icing on the cake! More about that in a bit!
There are so many things the speech speech sample stimulus pages can do. I would probably always turn the sound off, just because I don’t think that is a necessary option for testing. You can swipe the page to explore the entire scene, so it’s more than just the one picture.
If you click on an object within the scene, it will enlarge and there is a conversation starter presented at the bottom. This is awesome for those kids who typically give you two words about a picture…it keeps them talking! You also have the option to turn this feature off.
There are several ways to look at the data and I really think that Little Bee Speech has done a great job with this part of the app. When you click on the test, you can see all the words tested, how they were marked, listen to the recordings and read your notes.
If you click into Errors Marked, you can a breakdown by age and position.
What I really like…
- Clean lines and simple graphics. Nothing is distracting or overwhelming about the presentation in this app.
- Real photos are used for stimuli
- Portability…I don’t need to grab a bunch of different kinds of tests, just my iPad!
- Speech sample. I said it already, but I really love this part of the app!
- Built in report
- The app keeps (great) data, allowing you to track student performance over time in one place
- Ability to record and store student responses so I can further analyze my student’s errors later
Some things to consider…
- This app uses age equivalents instead of standardized scores, so if your district requires those for eligibility, you would need something in addition to this assessment. My district uses developmental norms to qualify students, so this isn’t an issue for me and I would be able to use it for evaluations and screenings.
- It would probably take a few administrations to get all of the features down, especially with marking errors for substations and phonological processes, so your testing may not flow easily…but that happens with anything new, right? 🙂
Overall, I think this app is fantastic. I would definitely recommend it! You can find it in iTunes for $49.99 and next week Little Bee Speech will be putting Articulation Test Center AND Articulation Station on SALE for back to school! Both apps will be 30% off from August 12-15! Woot woot!
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Have you used this app? What do you think about using apps for assessment?
I was given a free copy of this app in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.