Five apps for screening language and articulation skills

Hi everybody!
My name is Barbara Fernandes.
Welcome to episode number #37 of GeekSLP TV
and today I’m going to be
showing you five apps that I have
created to help you screen and assess
language and articulation
using the iPad with your little ones.
Stay tuned.
It’s been forever since I’ve done a
video for GeekSLP TV.
In the past 3 years, I’ve been basically busy changing
diapers, breastfeeding and raising two kids.
They’re incredible.
But it’s back-to-school season and I thought,
why not do a video about screening and
assessment because I’m sure you’r e
pretty excited and looking forward to
screening and assessing children in this
new school year.
So the first app that I
want to talk about, app number one is the
Basic Concepts Skills Screener
or BCSS.
The BCSS app was created by Mary
Houston and Darlene Nething.
And it was
designed to help you get a general idea
of the child’s skills on identifying
basic concepts.
So you’re going to be assessing things like prepositions, basic vocabulary and so on and so forth.
The best thing about the app is that you are
using the iPad to get these general idea
of their skills.
It’s pretty quick to
use, it’s very motivating and interesting
for the child, but at the end generates
this incredible report that gives you an
idea of things that the child needs to work
on or if this child is really fit to go on
this basic concept knowledge.
The app number two that I want to be talking
about today is Pro-PA
or Profile of Phonological Awareness.
Pro-PA is an incredible app
that gives you an idea about a child’s
phonological awareness skills.
It’s very comprehensive and easy to use and one of
my favorite features is that it allows
you to assess students within a whole
classroom and compare students to
themselves. So you can have a general
idea, actually a very concrete idea how
the students are performing within the
whole classroom.
So whenever you are administering Pro-PA
one thing that you’re going to do is you’re going to hold the iPad just
like this
and you’re going to be reading the questions.
So for example one of the
questions is: Cat, Bat, Hat
Pardon my English vowels.
Do these words
rhyme or sound the same?
And on the screen you’re able to mark correct or
So you have the demo then you also have trials,
then you have the item. S o you will be the one holding the iPad and
your student will be telling you their
answers to the various questions within
the app.
App number three is the Sunny Articulation and Phonology Test.
This is by far my favorite act on the app store.
I created this app way back in the day
when the iPad didn’t even exist.
The app evolved over time
and the features today are pretty
You can do a quick screener,
you can do a full assessment of
articulation and you can also do an R screener.
I have to show you the screen of my iPad
showing Sunny to give you an idea of
how incredible and powerful this app is.
So this is the main screen on the
Sunny Articulation and Phonology Test
and whenever we’re ready to start an
assessment, I’ve already added two
students here, I can add a student number
than I have in to start an assessment.
You can see here that we have a Quick Consonant Screener,
a Full Evaluation, and R Screener.
I’m going to go ahead and show
you the full evaluation and we have the
options of assessing and not accessing
Once I tap start then you can see the images there
and if I tap on the screen,
the student is able to get an auditory
information about the target image.
Once we are ready to mark
the error, for example let’s say the
student said icycle.
I’m going to tap on
the ‘b’ and get here options of all the
different errors and that was in the case of icycle
for bicycle was a deletion.
Once I mark deletion,
the assessment automatically
marks a deletion here and takes away
that initial consonant.
Let’s say here on the same screen
that the student said
icytle. So we already marked the deletion,
now we’re gonna mark the substitution.
We tap on that ‘k’,
we tap on substitution and
instead of saying the ‘k’, he said the ‘t’ so
that was icytle.
And there we go.
So you can see the transcription automatically
appears on the screen.
I’m going to show you some of the different screens.
We can do a voice recording here and it records
throughout the assessment.
Since this is a general overview, I’m going to go ahead
and show you what the results look like
once we are done.
I’m gonna select on of my students.
I’m going to tap on Preview Results and you can see here, this is
Jonathan – 4 years 6 months.
Initial it was 75% for constants
and these are the results for the vowels,
then we can take a look at manner of
articulation, voicing features, the
specific words and we can scroll here to see
the details of the assessment.
Magician, there was a deaffrication.
Cage, the same – a deaffrication.
Then click on place of
articulation, we can see the palatal
consonants are the ones that the
student is struggling with.
Then we can see the errors at the word and also for the
consonants and also for the vowels.
The 100% of the errors
in the vowels were distortions. Once we
tap here we can see that 57% of the
errors were consonant cluster reductions.
Then we take a look at the sentences because assessment does allow you to screen at a
sentence level which in fact, I do want
to show you what that looks like.
Let’s go and this to edit this assessment.
So this is what the sentence level looks like.
This is the last screen and I can swipe to show you, for example
on this phrase which is the last one of the
That glass vase has a thorny rose.
We can tap play.
If the student makes a mistake on one of these
green sounds, we tap on it and it becomes
and you can mark at the top if it’s reading
or on repetition and the result
is at the end.
Once we’re ready to see the report, it
shows you at the word and the phrase level.
But let’s see one of my favorite part.
everyone’s favorite part on this
assessment which is Preview the report.
The app automatically creates an
extremely detailed qualitative information
on this child’s skills.
Once we scroll down
you can see that we are actually
looking at a five page report that
contains information on consonants and
vowels for articulation.
At number four is also for articulation.
I know that at
times in a school district, you are going
to need something more than a
qualitative assessment for articulation
and phonology and this is where iTAP or
Test of Articulation of Phonology comes
into place.
We worked with a company called
Bilinguistics here in Texas to
standardize an app for assessing
articulation and phonology.
Originally, we did a bilingual assessment but we also
standardized with multilingual English
speakers and this is how iTAP came to
It’s a standardized app that you
pay one price and it can do as many
assessments as you want on the iPad.
It really takes away all of that need to
purchase protocols and to have manuals
and to look up the data because the app
gives you a detailed report with all
your scores at the end of the assessment.
Let’s take a look at what iTAP looks like.
It’s very similar to Sunny but of
course with incredible data to back up
your assessment.
Once I’m on the
assessment, I have the information here.
Six years and three months. I’m going to
tap on start assessment.
This is our first screen.
You see the word is transcribed at the top and then you
have the word at the bottom.
If you tap on
that image, you get to hear the audio for
that word. You swipe to go to the next
and here I’m going to go ahead and mark
an error.
Let’s say this student had a
deletion here on the last consonant and
I’m going to tap on that consonant and
mark deletion.
If I’m done here marking,
I’ll go to the next.
I’ll tap on it,
mark, let’s say a distortion in this case.
Here, I have a cluster. I can mark cluster
reduction and then I select the sound that the
student actually produced.
So if the student said ‘bidge,’ you click on the ‘b’ and now
automatically switch from that cluster
to adjust that consonant ‘b.’
If you made a mistake and you want to undo that, you
just tap again on the ‘b’ to go back to
the ‘br’. You will see that he has two
different assessments.
Th one in dark blue and the one in light blue.
The one
in light blue has the button view details.
If I click on it I get to see the
details of that assessment that has been completed.
You can see here the summary
of a report and if you tap continue
reading, you have access to the full
report for this child.
And the final app today at number five is
the Common Core
Early Language Screener.
And as the name says it’s screening
language skills
that are based on the common core for
children on kindergarten through second grade.
I’m going to show you some of the
screens and some of the images on the
Common Core
Early Language Screener.
Alright, so this is a main screen of the
Common Core Early Language Screener.
Once we are ready just start a new screening.
We tap on new screening, we go ahead and enter the
name of the student.
In this case, here’s Alice.
Then we put select the day of birth,
select gender and all selected grade.
I’m going to demonstrate kindergarten.
You can always watch the video tutorial
of this app to get more detailed information
on the other grades.
I’m going to go ahead and tap next.
The way this app works is you’re going to
be using the iPad most of the time and you’re
going to be the one holding it.
While you ask the student a question.
The screen will give
you information on what exactly is being
assessed so in this case, we are assessing
blending that has kindergarten skills
and we have the information for you on
what exactly I’m gonna be prompting.
I’m going to say some sounds and I want you
to tell me what word these
sounds make.
Then you have number one, two
and three. So for example here, we’re
going to do syllables /ta/ /ble/
and the student has to tell you table.
And then you also have Phonemes.
/m/ /a/ /p/
And if he got one of these 3 correct,
mark 1.
If he got all three, mark 3.
And you go the next.
Then you have your
phoneme segmentation.
You have the prompts.
Prompt A: /hot/
What is the first sound in
the word “hot?”
and if the student answered correctly both prompts, mark 2.
If there is a
specific session, in this case for
example this one, then you’re going to
have the
Prompt: Can you tell me what these words say?
We go to the next screen. You present this screen to the child.
Then he reads these words
and on the next screen, you go ahead and
you mark the words.
So he said four items correctly,
or three items correctly
you mark and move on.
I do want to show you
that once you complete the assessment
you get to generate a report.
So I’m going
to go ahead and tap Past Screenings to
generate a report and show you what the
report briefly looks like.
You have the texts, then you have the different skills
that were assessed on this screen.
I hope you enjoyed today’s GeekSLP TV Show.
Thank you so much for watching.
Once again my name is Barbara Fernandes.
I’m a speech-language pathologist and I was
involved in the creation of all those five
great apps that you have seen today.
Thank you so much and don’t forget to subscribe to my
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Have a good day everybody.
Peace and I hope you have an
incredible back-to-school season.

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