I’m so EXCITED to tell all of you about the project I’ve been working on over the past year. It is a fun, engaging and interactive articulation app for the iPad called “Articulation Station”. The screenshot above is showing the home screen on the app.
Articulation Station not only has flashcards that target specific sounds, it is a full featured articulation program that also targets specific sounds in words, sentences and stories!
Let me share a few details on what this app will offer in the way of articulation therapy. With Articulation Station you can start your child working with target words for specific sounds that they need help with, and eventually take them all the way through to using those same target words in super fun (and funny) sentences as well as stories.
Each sound position has a consistent number of target words (20) which can be worked on in 6 different activities throughout the entire application. Every single target word and image in Articulation Station has been carefully selected with children in mind, but I have realized that going through all the images and content keeps my attention as well and I love it. So, yes, adults will certainly be engaged when working with this app too! The images are real life images that look amazing on the iPad. It is so pretty, but even more important it is very functional and easy to use! I will be sharing more screenshots the closer we get to completing it so you can have more of a visual explanation of how Articulation Station will work.
I had some lofty expectations when I initially sat down to start putting this app together and I feel like they have been met. I really wanted to create something that would not only be useful but easy to use, something for parents, teachers and Speech Language Pathologists alike. I also wanted it to be fun and engaging for the kids so that they would enjoy working on their articulation. I wanted to provide a full articulation program that has everything you would need to teach every sound and to also create a thorough way to track data and scores that would be easy to navigate and clear to understand. I also wanted this information to be easily shared between the SLP’s, teachers, and parents working with their children. Articulation Station has all of this!
We are currently in the programming phase and Articulation Station should be released this fall under my company name Little Bee Speech. I’m very excited to be adding Articulation Station to the exciting world of speech and special education apps. I really feel that these devices (iPhone, iPad, & the many Android devices) are making a huge difference in therapy and how we work with our kids. Of course these mobile devices could never replace a parent, therapist or teacher, but what awesome tools they are for us to help these kids we love!
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Please know that Mommy Speech Therapy will continue to see new and updated articles and I always try my best to get your questions and comments answered (though it may take a few days). I’m also looking forward to sharing much more with you about Articulation Station, the exciting new app for articulation therapy. Thanks for reading!
Heidi Hanks, M.S.CCC-SLP has been a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist since 2000. She graduated from Utah State University where she completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She began her career in early intervention and eventually started her own private practice where she has worked primarily with pre-K through school age kids. She is the founder of Little Bee Speech, and is currently developing apps for speech and language. Heidi lives in Utah with her husband and 4 children.