With the articulation series, the client will see a picture, hear it labeled, record their imitation of the word, sounds, phrase or sentence and determine accuracy of production. The series encourages practice of speech sounds by making practice interesting! Photographs in the series were chosen to appeal to children with developmental articulation disorders and to adults who are working on verbal expression.
Articulation II: Consonant Clusters provides pictures of words that have a consonant combination in the initial, medial, or final position. There are 766 words covering the phonemes l, r, s, t, d, and more. Interesting sentences add vocabulary practice while you whittle away at articulation errors.
When you begin, a large photo, buttons that determine the type of stimulus presented, and recording buttons make up the therapy screen. Clicking on the Word button says the word; the Sounds button models sound segmentation; the Phrase button says a phrase containing the word; the Sentence button says a sentence relating to the picture; and the Exaggerated button says the word with the target sound exaggerated. Monitoring progress is easy. The professional or client judges correct, distorted, and incorrect attempts. The computer tallies the results, which can be printed out or saved to disk for use in your word processing program.
For auditory memory or decoding practice, a toggle feature is included to hide/show words while the photo is on the screen. Five sets of recording buttons allow clients to record their imitations. The immediate feedback and non-threatening nature of the computer make it easy to elicit lots of high-quality productions.
Options allow for personalized sessions. Clients can view the photos hierarchically or in random order. The words, phrases, and sentences can be displayed or hidden. Users can choose what the computer will say (word, sounds, etc.) when the picture first comes up on the screen. The clinician can use a “locking” feature to ensure that clients do not end the program before they are finished.
Appropriate for ages 5–Adult for Articulation, Dialect Reduction, Apraxia, and Dysarthria.
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