ASHA Convention 2011

Hi Everyone,
It’s that time of year when speech therapists all over the land start packing their bags for the ASHA Convention. In fact, we just bought new shoes to break-in for the sessions we’ll be attending. We’re extra excited to be going this year since it’s in beautiful San Diego AND we’ll be there with our new iPad app, Minimal Pairs FULL .

Will Speech Therapy Apps replace speech-language pathologists?

There is a lot of chatter about an October 10, 2011 story in the ASHA Leader ( concerning the appropriate use of apps in speech therapy. A growing number of parents and therapists are trying all sorts of apps to engage kids and help with speech issues.  Some therapists are concerned apps may distract from or replace existing therapy practices. Some folks have gone so far as to wonder whether apps could substitute for traditional speech therapy. The answer from our experience is a definite yes and no.

Speech Therapy Apps on the Big Screen

One of the amusing contradictions of the emerging mobile platform is the user tolerance of a teeny tiny screen. Cell phones with early web capabilities were fascinating to early adapters, but today these mini-screens label you as a techno-troll. The iPad’s screen size is positively luxurious with its enormous 10” x 8” (roughly) viewing area. The small screen was an easy concession to the life altering, release from one’s laptop and desktop computer, but the screen size imposes a feeling of tunnel vision for anything more than an audience of one. That’s where the underused VGA out port can really come in handy.


Amazon Opens the Android door for Speech Therapy Apps

You could almost hear a collective “Wow” echo around the techno-sphere when Amazon announced the release of its new set of Kindle e-readers. The devices look nice and present a serious challenge to Apple’s iPad if you believe all the media hype. But what makes the Amazon Fire so promising when other tablets have barely made a dent in the iPad’s popularity? As Jeff Bezos said at the launch, and I’m paraphrasing, it’s the Amazon service.

Apple App Store & iOS

SLP Minimal Pairs - 1.2 Lite and Full Version Update

SLP Minimal Pairs Lite v1.2 is identical to SLP Minimal Pairs Full v1.2 with the exception of not being convertible to the FULL version of SLP Minimal Pairs.

You must purchase SLP Minimal Pairs FULL OR have previously purchased the full in-app version of SLP Minimal Pairs in order to have the fully functional app. There is no longer an option to purchase SLP Minimal Pairs through In-App purchase; it is now only available as a separate app.

App-o-plexy: Making an app; how hard can it be?

It’s coming up on one year since we jumped into the speech therapy app development business. It seems like forever and a short time ago that we decided we could take our years of speech-language experience and convert it into an app for the iPad. After all, how hard could it be? Well, like a lot of journeys this one was easy to start and required discipline and persistence to complete.

Speech therapy apps: How do you find them?

We’re starting to see more iPads in the waiting room of our clinic, and as soon as moms (dads, too sometimes) find out we’re working on a new speech therapy app they all ask the same thing, “What apps do you recommend?”

This is not really surprising, because the Apple App Store offers more than 65,000 apps specifically for the iPad, with more and more arriving every day. There are nearly 60 speech therapy apps listed in the App Store. Android Market comes up with 23 speech therapy apps, and the list will only keep growing.

What's the best approach for develolping new apps for the iPad?

What's the best way to develop new apps for speech-language pathologists using the iPad? When we first started designing Minimal Pairs, we started with a blank sheet. Oh sure, we looked at other apps others had done, but there were very few by mid-2010. What do you think? is it better to start from scratch or should developer adapt what already exists in the traditional media?


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