Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Smarty Ears' Describe It To Me, Custom Boards, & Phono Learning Center {App Reviews & Giveaways}


In case you aren't aware, I love using apps in therapy. The iPad has not only provided me with LOTS of new therapy activities, but it has virtually done away with me having to lug a therapy bag filled with tons of materials all over the campus. There is at least one good app out there for every goal my students are working on. And even when we aren't using specific apps to target goals, iPad games for reinforcers have proven to motivate even the unmotivatable!

Many of you have been asking about my favorite apps to use in therapy. As I was thinking about my top favorites, I realized it would be easier to just highlight my favorite app company. By far my favorite app company is Smarty Ears. Not only do they have great, affordable apps, but their team of employees and customer service is unmatched in my opinion! I have reviewed several of their apps in the past, and you can click on the links below to read my former reviews. As with all of my reviews, a copy of the app was given to me by Smarty Ears, but no other compensation was provided. The opinions expressed here about the Smarty Ears company and their apps are mine alone.

Describe It To Me App Review

Custom Boards App Review

Phono Learning Center App Review

Basic Concepts Skills Screener App Review

I'm so excited to have a few codes to offer to you guys today:

The first giveaway code I have is for Phone Learning Center. You can read my review of this app by clicking on the link above. Phono Learning Center is available for $19.99 in the iTunes store. You can see it by clicking HERE.

The second giveaway code is for Expressive: The Expressive App is a great app for entry to mid-level students requiring the use of pictures to communicate. It includes over 10,000 Smarty Symbol images to help students communicate their wants and needs through the use of pictures. It is easy to use, wonderfully organized, and is easily customizable as well. I love using this app to introduce AAC devices to students! The Expressive App is available in iTunes for $25.99. You can view it by clicking HERE.

And the third giveaway code is for Sunny Articulation & Phonology Test: The Sunny Articulation & Phonology Test allows you to either give a full assessment or a quick screening to individual students. The phonetic transcriptions of each word are already written on each page and the examiner simply touches each phoneme that is pronounced incorrectly. The individual student's name and age is entered prior to the start of the assessment, and a standard score is calculated at the end of the test. The examiner is able to score the student's overall intelligibility percentage and make notes after each word. I absolutely love the ability to quickly screen students and obtain a score on the iPad, without having to carry a test, protocol, pen, and paper around the school! The Sunny Articulation & Phonology Test is available for $49.99 in the iTunes store. You can find it HERE.

You can enter to win a copy of each of these apps below:

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Thanks so much to Smarty Ears for making the giveaways possible! Make sure you go to the Smarty Ears Facebook Page and show them some love! You can see these and other amazing Smarty Ears apps by clicking HERE.



  1. The Phono App would be great for using with those students who have phonological processes deficits...it will give them something different to do than cards!

  2. The expressive app: I have a couple of aac apps on my ipad, and am trying to "expand my horizon"!

  3. The Sunny app would be a "back-saver"! Since I go to 2 schools, it would be great to have the test on my iPad so I don't have to lug my artic test from school to school.

  4. I could use the Phono Learning Center app becuase I see a lot of my phonological kids 4x/week and I like to provide a wide variety of activities to keep them interested!

    I could use the Sunny Test app because it would be a great app to have to establish baselines and monitor progress easily throughout the year!

  5. Wow, these are all great apps that I use between the schools I go to. The phono app I could use with my younger kiddos, the expressive app I could use with various elem kids and the Sunny app would be perfect for a quick assessment for artic for the SLP to use at my scshools. ALl of these are beneficial for all my kids. Thank you so much for the giveaways!

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