****I really like the fact that in addition to hearing the presented syllables, words and phrases you can play a brief video for the child which shows the actual mouth production of the presented stimulus items. (Smart Speech Therapy)****
The Apraxia RainbowBee app is a multi-step, multi-modality program with colorful graphic, photo, audio, and video targets and fun engaging games. The program is designed to help enhance motor planning for children with an apraxic component that impacts their speech production.
The Apraxia RainbowBee app gives therapists the flexibility not only to choose between three levels of complexity but also to manipulate the prompting of visual, auditory, tactile, and lexical stimuli presented to the child. The therapists are also able to choose their targets and the amount of stimulus trials at each level. In addition to using hundreds of photos and video recordings included in this app, the therapists can add their own images and record their own videos, making speech therapy more individualized.
This dynamic app embraces the principals of motor planning and works by starting with the CV and VC syllable level and then moving to CVC words, 2 syllable words, 3 syllable words, and finally the expanding sentence level. “Differentiating CAS from other causes of articulatory disorder is the observation that errors are more frequent with increasing phonetic complexity and increasing length of the word or utterance. If the word contains phonemes such as sibilants or affricates articulatory errors will increase. Increasing the length of utterance will also have substantial effect on articulatory accuracy. (Yorkston, Beukelman, Strand, and Hakel, 2010)
The Apraxia RainbowBee includes flashcards and two fun Games:
-A puzzle game played as a reward with flashcards
-A fun animated board game
"... Motor learning happens through experience and that experience takes practice. This implies therapy "drills," a concept dreaded by both children and clinicians. To improve motor skill in these children, the clinician must elicit hundreds of utterances per session; however, this need not be drudgery. Sessions can be fast moving, interesting, and even fun for the child. More important, when children start having success with the movement patterns, they easily become even more engage in the drill work." (Yorkston, Beukelman, Strand, and Hakel, 2010)
Management of Motor Speech Disorders in Children and Adults Third (3rd) Edition .Kathryn M. Yorkston, David R. Beukelman, Edythe A. Strand, Mark Hakel
Author: Karin Howard M.A., CCC-SLP
Developed by: Virtual Speech Center, Inc.
- 64-bit machine support
Ratings and Reviews
This app allows the speech-language pathologist to select from among many different levels which is great. The kids enjoy the game. One problem I have is with the choice of stimuli—better to use fewer more frequently occurring words than words kids don’t use often and often don’t have in their vocabulary, for example: “gain.” Repeating words within a game would be fine as long as they get the practice. Also with CVCVC words there are often words that end with a vocalic r—which functions not as a consonant but as a vowel. In addition r’s are later developing so many off my kids aren’t really to work on words with r’s. Again better to reduce the number of stimuli.
Can't access microphone
Loved this app......lots of nice sound combos, and able bridge to words. Performed an update on my ipad and now the recording feature is not working!
How do I get it to work again?
The app has been very helpful in working with all of my speech kiddos. They enjoy watching the mouth move and trying to imitate. The game is fun and keeps them entertained.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.