Boo Articulation Helper
By Bildligt talat AB
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
-- 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. Developed by a certified Speech-Language Pathologist.
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.
-- 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 Therapist
"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 Therapist
-- Who is Boo for? --
The app is aimed at children aged 3 to approximately 6 years
• with verbal dyspraxia or
• with phonological impairment or
• currently learning English or
• whose caregivers thinks they need to practice one or more speech sounds, or joining sounds into simple syllables. Boo may then be a stepping stone to a better pronunciation!
-- What can you do? --
Sounds in the paid app version are consonants P B T D K G S Z SH CH F V M N L W, essential to speech development. There are also five monophthong vowels, depending on what English dialect (American or British) you have chosen in the settings.
In the app, you put one or two sound cards in corresponding fields, building a sound or a simple two-letter syllable. Then, Boo articulates the sound or syllable, clearly showing mouth and tongue movements during articulation. This may be enticing for the child to imitate and recognize how the sound syllables are made by tongue and lips.
You can record and playback your own sound production for comparison. You can also make Boo go slow, repeat successively, or articulate sound noiselessly. Behind a parental lock you can disable or enable sounds as well as read instructions and tips from the SLT.
The images themselves on the sound cards, not necessarily the image's first letter, represents the actual speech sound that Boo makes. For example, a vacuum cleaner represents the sound V because it can, if you like, sound like a V, and the hit-hat represents the sound T because it sounds like a T.
NOTE: There is a free, lite try-before-you-buy version with a few speech sounds and limited functionality. If you are uncertain if this version is useful, try the lite version first. If the child then interacts and spontaneously imitates Boo, then it could be worthwhile to purchase the paid version.
Boo Articulation Helper is tested by eight children in their homes, aged 3-6 years, seeing a SLT 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.
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What's New in Version 1.2.0
- Now Boo can say VC syllables (vowel before consonant), not only CV syllables (consonant-vowel).
- Bug fixes and improvements
- Category: Education
- Updated: Oct 18, 2017
- Version: 1.2.0
- Size: 20.8 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Bildligt talat AB
- © 2017 Bildligt talat AB
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.