iName It: Household Activities {App Review & Giveaway}

iName It: Household activities is a Smarty Ears app. The app is designed for word recall of household items. The app includes 50 household items and allows clients to practice in context.


Directly from Smarty Ears, “iName It is designed to work on word-retrieval secondary to aphasia, and includes 10 target items for each household scene: bedroom, kitchen, living room, bathroom, and garage. Each scene is realistically depicted specifically to assist with visual and sentence completion clues. In addition, the app contains several types of clues or prompts to assist with the verbal recall.”

The primary objectives of iName It is to:

1. Improve word finding of common functional words found in the home and community.

2. Provide several types of cueing options to meet the needs of a wide range of clients at varying
communication levels.

So maybe you’re saying to yourself, but Jenna doesn’t work with adults with aphasia! You’re right, but I do work with Functional Life Skills Classes and this app was perfect for them!


Start by adding your client into the app.


Next select a scene. Choices include bathroom, bedroom, garage, kitchen, living room.



Select an item listen on the bar below.


When you click on an item found in the kitchen that item will be shown in color while the rest of the image is black and white. Have your client name the item highlighted. If they get it correct, simply press the green check in the corner. After the client names the item correctly, you will see that item checked off on the task bar below.


If a client is unable to name the item press the blue button for additional clues. This brings up an enlarged and isolated picture of the item. Across the bottom of the screen you will see 5 boxes that include different cue types. These include: printed cue (word completion), semantic (definition) , phrase completion, phonetic cue (partial word), and whole word.




Data is collected in the app. Data is shown for overall accuracy with and without cues. It also shows us the most successful cue type.


The app include 3 languages:  English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Overall: Love it!

Cons: When you finish all the item in one room, it would be great if the app let you know or asked it you wanted to move out into another room. I wish there was a quick play option for this app. When I don’t load a student ahead of time like when I tried this app last week. I always end up playing them as ‘Jenna’, but I love apps that just have a quickplay option where the client doesn’t have to be pre-added.

Pros: This is a great app for my functional academics classes in middle and high school. It ties to the modified curriculum which includes household and environmental items. Using the actual rooms scenes gives my clients a level of embedded supports. When I can’t physically take them to a garage to practice  vocabulary, I can use iName It to digitally transport us via iPad. The 5 levels cueing support my client and allow me to track the level of support in detail.

iName It is available for iPad only. It is currently available for $14.99 in the iTunes store!

Smarty Ears provided me with a copy of this app for review. They are also offering one code to a SRN reader! Lucky you! Enter into the rafflecopter widget below to be entered.
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Lovely comments

  1. 1

    Karen Reinacher says

    I have several kiddos working on word recall. I would use this as part of typical everyday therapy and as part of my Around the House unit.

  2. 2

    Kim Hovey says

    I would use this app with my preschoolers for semantic relations activities, I spy games, and artic practice (CV, VC, CVC words)

  3. 4

    Becky S. says

    I would use this with students who need to improve basic vocabulary skills. On a side note, would this be able to be used by an individual by him/herself? My grandmother has some word-finding difficulties, and I think she might be able to use this, but I wasn’t sure if she would benefit from it if she was using it independently.

  4. 5

    Jessica says

    I can definitely see myself using this app with several of the students on my caseload!

  5. 6

    Jordan says

    Artic practice, vocabulary, word retrieval, categories, function/use and so much more! This app looks great! Thanks for sharing and the giveaway opportunity! :)

  6. 7

    Amanda says

    I work with aphasic patients at an outpatient center. Several of them came to mind as I was reading your review! This would be great for them.

  7. 12

    Hannah Mieure says

    Just accepted a new job as an SLPA and trying to find new apps to work with kiddos who have autism.

  8. 13

    Annie Polizzi Doyle says

    Certainly use as part of a life skills unit is a given, but also it would be helpful when working on practicing production of functional vocabulary for kids with CAS.

  9. 14

    Kristen B says

    This looks like a great app to use with my students with autism, as they really benefit from having context when identifying and labeling vocab. Thanks for the review!

  10. 16

    amy rohl says

    I would love to use this with my ms/hs functional skills clients as well as elementary students with word retrieval goals.

  11. 17

    Rebecca Johnson says

    I have so many kids that have trouble with word recall and I would also use it for vocabulary, grammar/usage, fluency and artic.

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