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Monday, December 3, 2012

Here's a great idea for carryover!

During the carryover phase of therapy the child learns to transfer that newly learned articulation skill into an automatic speech pattern at the conversational level.  Sounds easy enough but it is not always that easy.  Some children move right along with it while others struggle. I always found it personally frustrating because there really is nothing that I, as a therapist, can do for them at this point in their therapy. They are at the place where they have to be totally responsible for monitoring themselves.  I have taught them to hear the difference in the correct and incorrect sound. I have shown them where to put their tongue to make the sound correctly.  We have drilled on words, phrases, and sentences. We have read passages, but now they walk this final path alone.

I had not found many exciting materials available in the marketplace targeting just conversational speech.  Well that is until now....I want to share something that just hit the marketplace this week!  (It is rather cool to be the first with the latest.)  Finally there is an app specifically for carryover ....and it is only $9.99 for 500 sound specific multiple choice questions!

Multiple Choice Articulation

This was created by a Speech-Language Pathologist, named Erik X. Raj. I got to know Erik through the #SLPeeps on Twitter.  He quickly became a personal friend, which is how I found out his new app launched this week :) I have personally proofread many of the multiple choice questions that are presented so I can testify they are funny and thought provoking.  The questions and answers are loaded with many sound targets but they are not boring! The questions are zany and silly and so kid appropriate.  Although the questions are multiple choice, there is never a right or wrong answer so that stress is removed and they can just talk freely.  These are personal opinion multiple choice. The questions stimulate thought and conversation.  The child progresses until he is talking without thinking about how to say the sound.

As you can see from the picture above it targets S-Z-R-L-Sh-Sh-Th.  There are over 500 exciting questions in this app.  You have the ability to refine the types of questions you ask to elicit specific areas in which you feel they need to practice.

Let's say they need to work more on R medial. You select it and then you will get stimuli such as this.

They can read the question for themselves or they can click on the button "hear the question" in which the question is read aloud with the R words stressed.  They can answer independently or they can click the button "hear an answer" to hear one possible answer. 

If you would like to watch the demo to see how it works. Go here  and I especially encourage to look at the iTunes ad for more detailed information.

If you are still reading my blog you are now in for a special treat.  Erik gave me two promo codes to give away!!  The only way I know how to do this is to say the first two people to comment on this blog will get the codes, which gets them the app for FREE!   Leave an email address in your comment and I'll email you the code. If you don't leave your email address you won't get the code.  On behalf of those two lucky individuals I say thanks Erik!

Have fun with your kids this week!


  1. Hey Dean - would love to win. Paula

    1. Congratulations Paula, you won! I just sent the code to your email address.

  2., thanks!

    1. Congratulations Laura, you won! I just emailed the code to you. Enjoy!

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    1. Awww. I'm sorry movaly1 you sound so disappointed. I wish I had more to share.

  4. Ah! I just posted the same give-away! I didn't see yours until now. I provided a link over to your blog too. It is neat app!