Having recently moved offices and lifted heavy boxes full of paper resources, I found myself longing for a paperless clinic. An email from Smarty Ears mentioning the release of their new iTAP app (Test of Articulation and Phonology for iPad) couldn’t have come at a better time. I decided to review this app and to ask some of my speech kids to rate it as well.
iTAP works very much like most paper articulation tests: the child names a series of pictures containing specific phonemes and consonant clusters in all positions in single words. The app targets 64 phonemes and consonant clusters in all positions across 58 words and includes a multisyllable probe at the end.
Each screen has a picture, the written word at the bottom, a phonetic transcription at the top and a microphone which can be used to record either the entire test or single words.
For each correct production of a word, simply swipe to the next picture. Enter errors by using the phonetic transcription above the picture and tapping on the phoneme in error. For example, if the child says “cawot”, the clinician taps on the /r/ in the phonetic transcript and then taps “Gliding”. You can also enter a variety of substitutions. You can flip the phonetic script so that it faces the clinician.
Once the test is finished, a detailed report is automatically generated. It can be saved, shared, emailed or printed.
The report provides an analysis of the results based on position in the word, manner of articulation, voicing features, words and types of errors (i.e. deletions, substitutions, etc). There is a list of all the words administered: green highlights identify phonemes produced correctly and red highlights identify errors and type of error. The tab “Preview Results” provides a summary of the above information.
What I think:
What the kids think:
Will I continue to use this app? Yes. I have been thinking of updating my current articulation test, so this one has come at the right time.
Thank you to Smarty Ears for allowing me access to their app for review. The views expressed in this blog are my own. For Better Speech and Hearing Month, Smarty Ears are offering 40% off a selected range of apps, including iTAP until the 8th of May.
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