The developers over at Little Bee Speech have released a follow up to their first app, Articulation Station. The Articulation Test Center was released today, November 11, 2013. I’m so excited to bring you this review. There are very few app assessments in the market, so having a new possibility was exciting to me before I even got started! The Articulation Test Center is an articulation and phonology test developed for the iPad. It contains a Full Test and a Quick Test. The Full Test is a more traditional full assessment of sounds in words. The Quick Test is used for quickly screening a student’s articulation of specific sounds based on the age and expected development. I started with the Full Test. Even within the Full Test there are options to include/exclude certain targets (initial blends, R sounds, vowels, etc.) If you select each option you will use 59 stimulus cards. Each card will contain an image and label. The student says the word and the clinician uses the letters at the top of the screen to score phoneme production. If you click on the green tile one time if turns red (for error), tap twice to get yellow (close approximation), or swipe upward to indicate omission. For substitutions press the down arrow to the right of the word. You can drag the substituted sound to replace the tile. For example I moved the /w/ to replace the /r/ in rabbit. To mark a phonological process, touch that tab and drag the appropriate symbol to the tile. In this example I marked the /r/ error as gliding. You have the option to record the student’s production using the record button on the left hand side. You can also make notes by pressing the ‘notes’ section. These will be viewable in the results section. Once you finish the cards, use a speech sample scene to collect a running speech sample. The scene displays many characters or items. The student can click on a image and the object will zoom in and give a conversational prompt. You can record during the entire time this screen is open and play back later for transcription. When you’re done with the speech sample you will be prompted to identify the student’s intelligibility as poor, fair, or good. Save the test to an existing account or add a new student’s information. When you look at the report, you can select ‘edit results’ and go back into the test. So if you would like to go back and mark phonological processes this might be a better and quicker option than doing it during assessments. There are several tabs to look at in the report section. First you will see the words tested and the errors you marked. You can look at the specific errors, substitutions and processes. You will see the developmental age norm for each sound. The Speech Sample page lets you listen to the speech sample recording. You can transcribe the sample into the right hand side and then count the number of errors in a 100 word sample. I love the ability to listen and type the transcription right into the app for safe keeping. The app automatically generates a report. It includes paragraphs for sounds errors that are appropriate developmentally and errors that are no longer appropriate. The recommendations section shows you exact sound errors for treatment. Check out the full video below for a walk through of the app. Articulation Test Center – Full Test Tutorial from Little Bee Speech on Vimeo. The Quick Test assesses articulation by looking at only sounds based on the age of the student. I used this assessment as a 3:6 year old girl, which meant I used the 3-4 year old sounds (h,w,m,n,p,b,t,d,k,g,f,y). This particular screening included 20 cards. During the Quick Testing you can’t mark substitutions or phonological processes. Instead you just mark the sound as incorrect or approximated. At the end of the screening you can select an intelligibility rating. The results page is the same as the Full Test version. You can easily email a report to yourself for use with evaluations, IEPs, progress notes, or a Plan of Care. So let’s get to the overall thoughts. Pros: The Articulation Test Center gives SLPs more tools at their fingertips making assessment and progress monitoring simple. The app gives you lots of ways to mark errors rather than just right or wrong. The app gives you a lot of flexibility with data tracking. Giving the developmental norms for each sound/process in the report saves therapists time and produces easy to read results for parents. The aesthetics with clean lines and crisp papers appease my picky palate! Cons: I wish the app could auto score phonological processes. If working with young kids (those often having phonological errors) you have to mark the substitutions and then move through and also think about and mark the phonological process. You can get pretty quick at adding substituted sounds but adding phonological errors is more time intensive. Maybe future upgrades can do some of this automatically. I’d love it if there could be a multisyllable word portion added to the assessment. I’d also really love the ability to add an insertion when scoring the productions (I have this happening a lot on my caseload! Instead I will just add that information in a ‘note’ for now). Recommended? Yes. The Articulation Test Center is current priced at $39.99. This is a 20% off sale that will end Tuesday (19th) evening at midnight (MST) in honor of ASHA. If you’re at ASHA this week you can stop and see them at their booth #719. My friends at Little Bee Speech want to give one lucky SLP a free copy of the new app. Please enter using rafflecopter below. a Rafflecopter giveaway The opinions in this review are only mine. I was provided a copy of this app and no other compensation was provided.
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Love this! I want it! 🙂
would love to use this with my kids and new ipad!
Yes. This would be great for screening kids for RTI, and for progress monitoring students who are currently on my caseload.
Rebecca Barr says
I love that there are options for what type of screening you can do(r sounds, final, all sounds, etc.). Also I think that the ability to record productions and edit how you scored is a handy tool. The other screening app I have used doesn’t give this ability and sometimes I hit things wrong and there is no way to go back and fix my mistake. I am excited about the ability to record a speech sample at the end.
Whitney Palyu says
This would not only be amazing for me, but amazingly motivational for my kiddos!
Tawni Guisti says
This would be a great app to have in the speech room! I love how you can record and transcribe a speech sample right on the app!
Working with all pre-k population. This would be great.
lindsay miller says
I could definitely use this with my students! I am always looking for ways to add variety to artic therapy 🙂
Speechy Musings says
Absolutely!! My favorite articulation app is their Articulation Station so I’d love to check this one out!
This would be great screening and progress monitoring tool!
Oh this would be so nice!!!
I love that there are some options. I would love to use this for assessment.
Most definitely would use it!!
I would most definitely be able to use this with my caseload! I would LOVE it!
This app looks amazing! Part of my job includes screening children in the county with a developmental specialist to assess a variety of developmental milestones and to determine if they should be referred for either Early Intervention services or School District services. I have been using the printed Little Bee Articulation screener A TON and love it, but it would be soo nice to get a chuck of papers out of my full bag!
Would love this!
This would be nice for screening kids.
Jordan Bubis says
Would love to have this and my kids would love to use it! I am in need of an articulation app and this one looks great! Thanks or sharing and the giveaway opportunity!
Wish I had this! Hope I win!
Yes, I would love to use this with my caseload!
Sounds like a great app!
Shannon SLP says
I would definitely be able to use this with my caseload (and for kiddos not yet on my caseload as well – screenings when teachers refer students, etc.).
I would love ot use this with my caseload
I love your reviews and this app looks great!!!
I would love to use this with my clients!
This would be really helpful!
This app looks awesome!! So helpful for screening, assessment and therapy!
This app looks fantastic! I know it would be really useful!
Sara Davis says
I would LOVE to use this with the kids on my caseload. I travel to four schools, so hauling materials gets to be very heavy….this would be awesome. I love the conversational speech samples with the picture scenes. It looks like it was thought through as it was developed.
So many kids on my caseload with whom I could use this!
I would use this ALL the time! Such an awesome tool!!! Fingers crossed!
April R says
Sounds great! Definitely one I can see myself using A LOT!
I would love to use this app for students in three buildings!
I would be able to use this app with all of my caseload! ( I have just articulation kids this year)
I’m just starting out in the field and I want to work with kids… I would love to have this on my ipad so I could use it as an easy screening tool!!
Could definitely use this with my kiddos!
This would be great to use with my students!
This would be a time saver for sure!
This would be perfect for my speech room. It would get great use.
This would be wonderful!!!
Love this review! This is definitely on my wish list…I use Articulation Station all the time and my students love it!
Jill Harriman says
This would be so great to use with my caseload. I recently starting working at a private practice and have many little guys whose parents want them to be completely intelligible. It would be so handy to show them on the report right there what is age appropriate and what is not.
Count me in, this looks awesome!!!!
Britney Fernandez says
I could definitely use this with my caseload! 🙂
This is a useful app and more affordable for a school or private SLP. Great review!
This looks great!
Stephanie Ward says
I would love to use this with my elementary school caseload!
Elizabeth Gebbie says
This looks fantastic! Not only that, but I love how clean and modern the userinterface is. Love it! I can definitely use this – a lot!
Sure I could use this!!
Annie Werner says
This looks awesome!
I would love to use this!
Amy Carlton says
Absolutely!!! This looks great!
Yeah! This looks awesome!
Erin Ponik says
I am very excited to try out this new app!
Christie E says
Love this! I want it! Would be great with my caseload.
This would be great to have, hope I win!
vicki b says
Yes, I love using their articulation app and this would be a wonderful addition.
I would love to have this! Especially since the only artic test at my school is a 70’s version of the PAT!
Thank you! I would love this app for my artic students!
Jennifer Getch says
I am so excited to use this app. I have had a number of parents ask why testing isn’t done on the Ipad yet. Thanks for the opportunity.
Rebecca Olvera says
It would be a great tool to use, without having to grab an actual assessment. It would save me some time, and I am all about saving time!
I love it!! Much better than the other assessment apps I’ve tried. Does it give a standard score or percentile? I really need a score for my evaluations. Thanks for the great review and the giveaway!
Jordan S says
I would definitely use this app! I love that you can transcribe a speech sample right in the app and even have a picture scene to use too!
Sarah C. says
I don’t think the technology is available to have the app auto score the phonological processes. And if it is there is no way it could be accurate. Sometimes I think we try to rely on technology too much rather than using our brains. I wouldn’t want it to auto score the phonological processes because if it did why wouldn’t the parent just buy the app and skip the SLP? I bought the app and the nice part about it is that you can record the client productions for each word while they are there and then go back and score it later. This is such a valuable feature as a busy school SLP. Now I can grab a student when I have a few extra minutes and then score it after school. PERFECT!
Maria SLP says
Thanks! I would definitely use this!
Sara B says
This app would be great to use with my caseload! It seems to make arctic testing much more quick and easy. I like the ability to record each production too.
As a first semester graduate student this would be a great addition to my growing clinic kit!
i never win anything…Keeping my hopes up dor this great app!
Yes, this would be useful in my therapy room!
Looks great; could definitely use it. Looking forward to trying it out!
Thank you for the review. I received notification earlier this week that they had this app on sale…. was afraid to even consider paying this much for an app without even having a review on it since there are no reviews yet on itunes. Thanks for the information. After reading, I would love to have this app— hope I can win it! Once you get familiar with giving it, it looks like it could be very helpful with the large caseload I currently have!
I loved the review of this app. Thank you! It looks to be very useful. I love that you can do the sound substitutions as well as the phonological processes. I know this would be well used in the current population of students I work with. I went to grad school with one of the gals at Little Bee Speech…it is so fun to see all their great and innovative work!
I could use this on all my speech kids
Brandy Madujibeya-Epps says
I could really use this app for my kidos.
Would be awesome to try in my speech room!
Judy SLP says
This is exciting news for Articulation Testing. I have the Articulation Station App and by far it is my favorite speech app. This test seems to be on the same caliber and would be a total asset for my testing realm. I would love to have it!
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