This new app by Smarty Ears is called, “Language Trainer” and we have had the opportunity to both use it with several grade school students and two adult aphasic clients at the speech clinic in the last few weeks. It is with this recent history behind our belts that we are now ready to confidentially say that we are ready to write a new app review! So without further a do…. Here’s our review on the Language Trainer app by Smarty Ears!
One of the activities is called, Picture Naming and we enjoyed this activity a lot. In the Picture Naming activity, a large and colorful picture was shown to the student/client and then they were asked to name it. Thus, this activity gave us client data for the target area of picture naming. We never saw the pictures repeat and we noticed that all of the pictures were clear and colorful. In fact, we later read that Smarty Ears had put 300 images into the app. Isn’t that a lot?! Well, that would explain the ability to see such a large variety of pictures!
During both activities, a pleasant voice gave the audio prompts. A not so pleasant sound occurred for incorrect responses and that sound made the little ones jump! We just turned that sound off in the options area under Settings though.
The students were asked to either name or identify the pictures shown on the screen. These activities were very helpful for work with Manda’s current aphasic client who is experiencing expressive aphasia from a very recent stroke. They worked on naming the pictures shown, and Manda even expanded the exercises after to ask the client to also gesture and/or demonstrate the verb shown or the use of the object. This approach was a friendly reminder to the aphasic individual to use all means possible to communicate his wants and needs such as speech, gesture, and writing.
This app works well for children working on naming and with trying to say more than one word in a row.
This app is an awesome one to have for adults with expressive aphasia.
This app provides verbal prompts and the ability to hear them repeated.
This app does not provide a reward or earned token for completion of tasks.
This app does not provide a game or interactive activity that helps to engage the youngest student.
This app can be used with a wide range of clients from young to old.
Thank you for stopping by our blog today to read this app review of Language Trainer by Smarty Ears! If you are interested in finding out more about Language Trainer or if you want to purchase it yourself, click on this link to find out more information! We see that it is currently $14.99 and that it can be downloaded to your iPad or iPhone.
Thank you to Smarty Ears for developing another wonderful app to be used in our speech therapy sessions! We love your company and how well you cater to the everyday busy speech-language pathologist who is working hard to teach speech and language skills in today’s goal packed and time constrained therapy sessions.