Watch out clinicians: it looks like speech pathologists are being replaced by iPods....oh well, we had a good run. Two new apps for the iPad show some creative ways that we can use some tech in treatment.
The PocketSLP, from Synapse Apps, was released on March 8th, 2010, and serves to consolidate many of the common articulation treatment tools that clinicians may find useful in one tiny, ubiquitous package. Although the description on the PocketSLP website are somewhat ambiguous, this video cleared things up a little. The application appears to function as an articulation treatment tool, replacing all those many hundreds of articulation cards that fill our treatment rooms. In addition to simply displaying articulation images, the PocketSLP helps to demonstrate articulatory positioning and to collect data by offering real-time scoring. PocketSLP also allows the user to create client profiles, which aids in long-term data collection. Overall, it seems like this application is pretty feature-rich and I am curious to see how functional it would be in a real-world setting.
The Smarty Ears articulation app, Mobile Articulation Probes, billed as "The Future of Articulation Therapy" looks very similar to the PocketSLP, with hundreds of images for phonemes in different positions. There does not appear to be a lot that differentiates these applications. One interesting thing though is that the Smarty Ears application also offers client profiles and data-collection.
Both of these applications are available in the Apple App Store for $29.99. Not a bad deal, and maybe now we can get rid of all of those artic cards.