Basic Concepts Skills Screener {App Review & Giveaway}

Back to School, Back to School, to prove to my Dad that I’m not a fool. I’ve got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight….. In the immortal words of Billy Madison. It’s back to school time! If you’re looking for assessment apps, this is the time to make your Smarty Ears app purchases. All their assessment apps are currently on sale until August 19th. One of those apps on sale is the Basic Concepts Skills Screener. The Basic Concepts Skills Screener was developed as a screening tool for preschool to primary aged students. Start on the home page. On the left side, you can add and edit students. Click New Test to start a new assessment. Select the full screening or the quick screening. The quick screening (30 probes) should take 5 minutes while the full screening (79 probes) should take about 15 minutes.  As the student sees each screen, the student selects an answer. The app will make a confirmation ‘ding’ when an answer is selected (even if the answer is wrong). The student selects the ‘next’ button to move on to the next stimulus probe.  You’ll also notice the number of the probe in the bottom left corner.  When finished, you will be able to note the date of the test and the raw score.  Each of these 3 images describe the  results. You can export these results or import them into the Therapy Report Center (a free Smarty Ears App).  Pros: This app is great for a baseline screener. I love it for great monitoring tool. The images are clear and the app is intuitive. The simple design is very appropriate and the length of the assessments expected. All the concepts covered are age appropriate from early preschool to early elementary aged students. Cons: No criterion scores are included in the assessment. While we can describe the screening results there are standardized scores. The included age range percentages don’t have listed skills. For example, the report above said Jenna could identify 62% of the skills expected by age 4, but I wasn’t able to find those expected skills by age. I’m sure if I show teachers or parents these awesome graphs and information, they’re going to ask for that list! In the future updates, I’d LOVE to be able to control which items are included on the shorter screener. Check out the full video tutorial: Head over to itunes to purchase the BCSS, now priced at $9.99 on sale from $19.99. If you’re feeling lucky enter below on the rafflecopter to win a copy of the BCSS for yourself! a Rafflecopter giveaway

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    I assess basic concepts either on the CELF-Preschool, PLS screener (which often has only 3 questions) or if it’s an area that I believe is difficult, I’ll use some cards that I had printed and laminated from a speech website years ago.

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    I assess basic concepts through several ‘informal’ tasks — since I work with kids with multiple disabilities, typical assessments are often not very helpful.

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    I use the CELF or CELF-P, the Boehm Test of Basic Concepts, and sometimes informal assessments using manipulatives. This app seems like a motivating way to assess skills and/or mark progress throughout intervention!

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    Looks like a great monitoring tool For assessments , I use the BOEH plus other formal lie the Celf or CASL
    This would be a great addition to my practice.

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    Anonymous says

    I use the CELF or the PLS. I’ll also use informal assessment through play activities.

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    I typically do informal assessments for basic concepts, but I also use the CASL or CELF-P subtexts when assessing younger kids. I’d love to have a more structured screener!

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