TRY-BEFORE-YOU-BUY VERSION -- NO ADS, NO IN-APP-PURCHASES
-- This is Boo! --
Boo helps children practice speech sounds that they need to improve. He is designed to entice spontaneous repetition of individual speech sounds and simple syllables. At the same time, he enforces helpful phonological awareness, by showing what actions happen in the mouth during articulation.
The app is developed by a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. The children can use the app all by themselves or together with an adult. When the child simultaneously uses multiple senses (vision and hearing) to imitate and repeat it becomes easier to overcome obstacles and improve its articulation skills.
-- Who is Boo for? --
The app is developed for children aged approximately 3 to 6 years old being in, or need to be in contact with a speech-language pathologist or therapist due to speech difficulties. It provides a motivating way to:
• practice single speech sounds;
• practice voiced versus voiceless consonants;
• practice joining speech sounds together to create simple words;
• practice the link between letters and speech sounds in early reading practice
Boo may be a stepping stone to better pronunciation!
Boo can also be a helpful pronouncing learning tool for those - young or old - who are currently learning the English language.
-- Said about Boo: --
"They were extremely pleased with Boo and the boy is perceived by the parents as more intelligible than before. His training motivation as also improved."
- David, Speech-Language Pathologist
"It works really great! We are so pleasantly surprised by how encouraged the kids get to try the different sounds as soon as they see Boo."
- Elin, Speech-Language Pathologist
-- Try Before You Buy --
This is a tryout version with speech sounds P B EE AH and limited functionality. However, it should be enough to evaluate how the child interacts with Boo. For example, if the child spontaneously imitates Boo (try the repetition setting!) it may be worthwhile to purchase the paid version. There is also a minigame in which you can practice identifying different speech sounds as Boo makes them.
The paid version contains consonants P B T D K G S Z SH CH F V M N L W as well as monophthong vowels EE AH OO AW ER EH UR and full functionality and tips from the SLP.
Boo Articulation Helper is developed by a speech and language therapist/pathologist with therapeutic experience with developmental verbal dyspraxia or articulation/phonological impairments. The app is tested by eight children in their homes, aged 3-6 years, seeing a SLP on a regular basis. The try-outs have shown an improvement of training motivation and spontaneous repetition of speech sounds in a way that proved more difficult with other training material and methods (undocumented).
The app is developed to be used on an iPad or tablet as it is easier to handle with little children's fingers - although it also compatible with smaller screens.
A slightly bigger update! Now you can play a little game with Boo -- What sound? -- good for phonological awareness and to practice the link between letters and speech sounds.
Also; Boo's vocal folds are now bigger and more prominent.
Some more (barely noticeable) improvements and bugfixes has also been made.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.