Designed for students with dyslexia, the goal of SoundSwaps is to assist students to improve decoding and encoding skills through improved auditory conceptualization. (It’s great practice for all students, but was originally designed for students with dyslexia and auditory processing disorders.) Students will practice seeing and hearing words and learning where and when sounds are deleted, added, or moved to make new words.
Some students have difficulty with awareness of individual sounds in words, of whether two sounds are the same or different, and of the order in which to put them to form a specific spoken (or written) word. These students have difficulty with discriminating speech sounds in sequences and perceiving and comparing the different patterns in sequences in words. They cannot judge the differences between sounds and may delete or add sounds and syllables from words. SoundSwaps will provide practice with visually and auditory processing what happens in words.
Great encoding practice for all kids.
Updated for iOS 11
Ratings and Reviews
This app has lots of potential - I hope the developers will continue to work on it.
I agree with the only other reviewer so far that the order the words are presented in needs some randomization - I often grab a couple of minutes between other activities to work with an individual student and the app will not be as useful if they start with the same words every time.
I've only used it with one student so far and he enjoyed it, though he often picked the correct letter and then had difficulty dropping it in the right place so the tracking report shows more errors than he actually made.
Could be better
I like this app; however, every time a student uses it, the questions are in the same order. It would be much better if the app could remember where each student left off, so they wouldn't repeat the same questions over and over and never get to all the questions. Please make this an option in future updates, or at least make the questions more random and not in the same exact order every time you use the app. This app is too expensive to not have these features.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.