Autism Language Learning {app review & giveaway}

Happy Friday! Thanks to all who follow SRN on Facebook and caught yesterdays Birthday Freebie! And thanks to all who left me a message! How sweet!  I have a new set of app reviews today, plus a giveaway too! Autism Language Learning is a set of apps developed by speech-language pathologist, Tammy Wynstra-Basel M.S., CCC/SLP. Autism Language Learning is a set of apps that use video modeling to improve learning. Series I: This series was designed to target actions and pronouns using video, not still pictures. It consists of 5 modules, arranged in a hierarchy of verb + ing, singular pronouns (he & she) + is + ing,  plural pronoun (they) + are + ing, and mixed singular and plural pronouns + is/are + ing. This app is also great for targeting simple wh questions (Who is walking? Where are they? What are they doing?), possessive pronouns, and even past tense verbs (wait for the video to stop playing)

Start the app by clicking on one of the modules on the left hand column. The first video will play with a verbal producing of the target (ie: the verb ‘bouncing’). If you don’t want to hear the target, just select mute. To record and hear play back, select the record button. To move to the next video select ‘next’. There are 12 videos for each of the 4 modules. There is also a mixed setting. The author reports a planned update in the summer of 2013. Other updates include the ability to collect data which is already included on Series II.

In-app purchase option that allows the user to add their own video and voice. ($1.99)

ALL Seris II:

This series uses 43 short video clips and 13 still pictures to help children learn how to answer yes/no questions.

For example, open the actions module. A short video will play and the student will be asked a Yes/No question.  *3 Modules: Concrete Objects, Actions, & Common Facts *Randomization of pictures and video (presentation order varies) *Optional visual prompting *Data Collection *Visual depiction of yes or no *Visual & auditory reinforcement provided after every question

The apps are originally priced at for $26.99 (series I) with an option $1.99 in-app purchase, and $16.99 (series II). Both apps are on sale for the month of May for BSHM!

Cons: The apps are very expensive for the amount of videos included. I ran through 12 videos (one module) with a student in 5 minutes. Given that the sets include limited videos, I was very disappointed that the ‘add your own video and voice’ option is another $2 in-app purchase. For $26 I believe the customizable part of the app should be included. Hopefully Series II will soon have the ability to add your own videos too.  Pros: This app is the only version I have seen that uses actual videos to elicit skills. I frequently use TenseBuilder to work on action verbs with my older students, but it uses cartoons in videos.  It makes it so much more concrete and meaning for our children with autism, cognitive delays, and attention impairments. Plus they think they’re just watching You-tube!  Check out the lite versions available here to test them out yourself!  Autism Language Learning I and Autism Language Learning II are available on the itunes store. A copy of each app was provided to complete this review. No other compensation was provided and the opinions expressed are all mine.  ALL wants to give away codes for both of these apps! Use the rafflecopter below to enter!  a Rafflecopter giveaway 

Lovely comments

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    says

    I have no used pictures like those or videos to target all those concepts but I love the idea and can’t wait to try it with my students!

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    says

    I have never used videos to target verbs. Often I use myself to model verbs in the speech room. Having another exemplar of the action would certainly help! Pictures are often too symbolic to show the action.

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    says

    Jenna, I agree with you about these being pricey for the amount of content. I’m hoping there are additions with future updates. The students I use these with really like them and respond well to the videos.

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    Cristi DeLuca says

    Videos would have been a lifesaver for my old 15 year old client with Autism. He was extremely hard to engage, but he loved watching videos. What a great tool to have!

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    says

    Videos are a good strategy to use with children; showing the actually action of the word meaning. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  6. 8

    says

    I agree that the videos are great, and also that they’re so expensive for what you’re actually getting! So many times I wish they were a bit less expensive because students go through them so quickly!!

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    Shelly Dickinson says

    This is exactly what I’m working on now! I have videos of my own students performing actions, but those aren’t always the best examples of my target concepts.

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    says

    I have not used videos before but it is something that I’ve been thinking about more and more, so this looks like a great way to get started! Besides, the kids love technology, and anything that gets then engaged is a plus in my book!

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    Anonymous says

    I am surprised by the comments about pricing. I have both of these apps and the kids love them! I love them! You can’t get kids engaged through still pictures and cartoons the way you can with video. These apps are priceless. Abby, SLP

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    says

    What a fantastic app this would be! I have tried using videos before but it wasn’t as efficient as it could have been as I was having to look them up as we went! I could use this for so many different things!

  11. 23

    says

    I have tried to use some videos, but have never really been able to find exactly what I wanted. This could be a great resource, especially when more videos are added!

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    says

    No, but I have been looking for more ways to target verbs. I recently found some real photos of actions verbs that I like, but I love the idea of using video!

  13. 30

    says

    I have not used real videos! I really need to work on this skill with my preschoolers and tried TWO different apps that both had animations of characters. It did not work very well to say the least! I wasted 4 dollars trying to find an app that was worth my time. Thank you for posting this, as the timing could not be more perfect!

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    says

    I love the lite versions but haven’t been able to afford the apps. I’ve made my own videos but they are far from professional! Love your blog!

  15. 35

    says

    I’ve used Pogg, which kids love. Real videos would be great. I like the comments about making videos with the iPad as well.

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    alex selover-taylor says

    i have not used videos for those skills…i have used videos for social skills modeling…great teaching tool :)

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    says

    I use videos for pragmatic/social training with good success! I haven’t used videos for pronouns, verbs, & yes/no questions…yet :-)

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    says

    I have not used videos for teaching verbs, pronoun & yes/no questions thus far. I have used videos for pragmatics/social training! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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