We’re very excited that we could bring something to the market that not only replaces card decks, but also gathers and stores data while the client and therapist are having fun. Compared to cards, using PocketSLP is almost like magic for therapists.
Ruidoso, NM (PRWEB) March 10, 2010
Synapse Apps, LLC announces the launch of a new iPhone application called PocketSLP, a technological breakthrough for speech therapy. Developed by practicing speech and language pathologists (SLPs), PocketSLP allows SLPs and parents to create an engaging atmosphere for speech therapy that until now was considered nearly impossible.
SLPs are keenly aware of the problem of managing the attention of children during therapy sessions. Card decks and paper illustrations have long been the tools of the trade for SLPs, but keeping children's attention can be a significant challenge. The idea for PocketSLP was inspired by the founders of Synapse Apps when they learned that replacing cards with flash card applications on their iPod Touch devices yielded astonishing results.
“Children who would scarcely sit still for more than a minute using cards, would stay engaged for an entire session when using applications on the Touch,” said Corey Walker, a practicing SLP and president of Synapse Apps. “Watching small children manipulate and interact with iPhone applications was nothing short of remarkable. That’s when I knew we were on to something big for our profession.”
Pocket SLP offers 22 of the most prominently targeted phonemes and consonant blends. Therapists or parents can select one or more phonemes that can then be targeted in the initial, medial, and final word positions or all positions at once by utilizing a “mixed” tab. Furthermore, users of Pocket SLP can choose to allow their clients to practice their phonemes at the word or sentence level. As the child attempts to say the word or sentence that corresponds with the pictured image, interactive scoring occurs at the top of the screen as the Correct, Incorrect, or Approximate buttons are pressed. As these buttons are pressed they are accompanied by immediate auditory feedback which can be tailored to the different age ranges of the clients.
Pocket SLP users will have access to over 400 striking and unambiguous images. At any time during viewing these images a button can be pushed to reveal two detailed diagrams indicating the specific tongue positioning for the phoneme being targeted. Additionally, while viewing the diagrams an audio recording of the phoneme can be played as the client views how to appropriately produce the sound.
The scoring options provided by Pocket SLP are a therapist’s dream come true. Percentages are instantaneously calculated specific to phoneme and word position. This data can be stored with the push of a button and saved by date and time for later viewing. The client’s profile can be visited at any time to show clients, teachers, and parents the progress that has been made with Pocket SLP. Also included is a feature that allows the therapist or parent to send results of any session via email.
PocketSLP includes various setup options including sound effects, image auto advance, a practice mode that does not include scoring, and whether the phoneme will be displayed at the word or sentence level.
According to Karen-Lopez Walker, co-founder of Synapse Apps and also a practicing SLP, “Most therapists have been carrying around bags of cards for their therapy sessions. We’re very excited that we could bring something to the market that not only replaces card decks, but also gathers and stores data while clients and therapists are having fun. Compared to cards, using PocketSLP is almost like magic for therapists.”
For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release, visit http://pocketslp.com.
About Synapse Apps: Synapse Apps, LLC is headquartered in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Its principal focus is on technological tools for speech and language therapy. The company was founded by Corey and Karen Walker, a husband and wife team. Both are practicing speech and language pathologists.
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