Entries into each section on this wiki will be structured so that this basic information is available. We will include the TITLE of the application, with a link to the broad description and rating on iTunes. The ICON is simply a screen shot of what will show up on the device. WHO describes the student you have used this particular app with. WHERE indicates whether the app was used at home, school, or in therapy. HOW describes the manner in which you used it. This is also the place to elaborate on other ideas for application. WHY/WHY NOT provides the contributer an opportunity to indicate the value of the app, whether they would use it again, and rationale for the opinion. We invite anyone else who has used the app to comment on anything about it... different whos, hows and whys....


What: This app is intended to offer random name choosing for classes. You can create up to eight lists. Selection methods include: random, no repeats, sequence, A-Z, Z – A. The app has a large button to press for the selection, and picks quickly, with fun sound effects.

Who: I have used this app with kindergarten through adults. It’s a great way to call out many items to keep student motivation high. For example, when doing Nifty Fifty Thrifty, students are asked to do a number of activities with long and difficult words such as ‘impossible’ and ‘musician’. I presented the words via the Name Selector app for students to fill out their own Wordo cards. The result was great concentration with no whining!

Where: I’ve used this in several settings, mostly in schools with small groups to the entire classroom.

How: This app is very quick to use. Just choose New List, name it, and add the entries, with a comma between each. Here are a few creative uses for this simple app:

- Phonics onsets (p, bl, m, tr) and / or rimes (ick / at)

- CUPS to support editing (C = capitalization; U = usage; P = punctuation; S = spelling)

- Nifty Thrifty Fifty words (composer, discovery, encouragement, etc)

- Types of social scripts for adults to write (prank, action, general conversation, pretend play)

- Math Facts (3 + 7; 5 x 3)

Submitted by: Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite

Additional Ideas:

I use this app to spin for synonyms! Students help me generate the list, then we spin to replace words in their writing.
Submitted on 10/12/2013 by Victoria Sucato Riggs, M.S. CCC-SLP

Value: This app has good value. It's a great way to ensure random selection and keep students engaged.

$. 2.99
Puppet Pals
What: Puppet Pals HD is a great app for creating and sharing a puppet show.
Who: I have used this with a communication circle including 6th grade girls. I feel that this would interest people at a wide range of ages, from preschool through adult, as the shows can be quite simple or very complex.
a. Taking Turns: this app lends itself well to each student creating a line of dialogue, then adding it.
b. Using Core Vocabulary: I used this app to support a student who is learning and using core vocabulary (those high frequency words that we use over and over, in every situation), such as ‘He is going to hurt the pretty girl!!’
c. Talking About Emotions, Actions, and Describing Words: This app can also be used for exploring a wide range of vocabulary, from actions to emotions, to describing words, to prepositions (see write-ups in other sections on this wiki!)
Where: I used this in a school setting in a group of four students. I would recommend using it for 2 – 4 students, unless you have a way to project the iPad.
How: Basically, you follow this approach:
a) Choose characters
b) Choose backgrounds
c) Write your dialogue
d) Record the actions AND dialogue simultaneously
e) Note: Characters not in the background ‘box’ are ‘offstage’ for that scene. Thus, in the picture below, the two pirates are onstage, and the good fairy is offstage.
f) Note: The curtain pulls indicate which scene you are currently developing. In the photo below, there are three scenes, and we are currently working on the first scene.
TIP: Since I am not a ‘digital native’ I did not find this app to be intuitive, so I missed some of the possibilities on my first try! I then went looking for instructions. While I didn’t find a ‘manual’ I found something MUCH better: this video tutorial!! It’s short but very helpful!
Video Tutorial
Submitted by: Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite
Additional ideas/comments from others: I have also used this app with middle school students with autism when working on conversation skills such as topic initation, commenting, and extending the conversation. Using the app naturally slowed down the conversation process to allow for the student to have more "think" time as well as discussion about if questions/ comments were on topic and thinking about the other person. After the conversation was constructed and recorded they could watch it in real time to allow for the expereince of the real back and forth nature of conversation. It was a fun way to teach these social concepts and for repetition before carrying them over into real face to face conversation.--- Lisa Gray MS CCC-SLP
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This is a free app, which comes only with the Wild West characters and backgrounds.
Director's Pass: I paid for the upgrade to the Director’s Pass for $2.99, which was worth every penny. That includes multiple character sets (arthropod, fairytale, monsters, farm, pirates) and multiple backgrounds to accompany each character set (or you can mix and match). Other sets are available, and I suspect that the students will talk me into them (Christmas, entertainers, fair-weather friends, political par-tay). This app offers an incredible bang for the buck! I plan to use it with middle school students for a writing assignment, for Out & About community group for a fun core vocabulary practice activity between bowling sets, and with my grandchildren when they are . . . well . . . bored!!
TapSpeak Sequence
=======================================================What: TapSpeak Sequence allows people to use the iPad as a step-listing device. You can record and save multiple sequences on a single iPad.
Who: I have used this with several individuals from preschool through adults. We recorded a range of sequences such as:
• jokes
• telling life stories
• multiple greetings, while going through the hall
• treasure hunt descriptions
• disgusting comments, to accompany the book 'That's Disgusting'
• multiple words for a rime activity (ex: random presentation of bad / sad / glad / mad vs. big / pig / rig / dig to accompany 'The Three Little Pigs')
How: This app is set up by first choosing graphics:
• either your own photos (stored in the Photo Album)
• drawings (e.g., created through programs such as Story Buddy )
• a set of shapes in different colors, included with the program
Sequences can be as long as desired, meaning that you can have 1 or 100 phrases in a sequence. Also, length of each phrase is not preset
Find a great review of this app at the following site:
Speech Language Pathology Sharing
Submitted by: Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite
Additional ideas from others: This app also works on the iPod Touch or iPhone, making it very versatile for giving directions when we are with a small group in the community. I usually record the sequences first and then go back in to add the pictures, since there is a default circle if I can't think of a good pic. I am thinking about using it next time I go to Starbucks and there is a lot of background noise so the cashier can see images of my drinks (since I often treat a friend) and bring the device close to his/her ear to hear my order. -Deanna
This app is well-worth the price, especially since you can record and save numerous sequences. This is especially helpful if you:
a) work with more than one student in a classroom
b) have sequences recorded by multiple people.
I found an initial learning curve regarding changing the order of messages, but overall, find this very easy to program.

It is also valuable for working with students learning to activate a switch, since it works with both the Ablenet Blue2 and RJ Cooper Switch Adapter.
Let's Bead Friends
What: Let's Bead Friends allows kids to make on the screen pictures of custom-beaded bracelets by choosing beads of different shapes, adding colors and then designs to the beads. You can also add a charm to your bracelet either pre-written or type your own words. You can then save the pictures of the jewelry as jpeg images.
Who: I have used this with pairs of children in language therapy with the
following two goals in mind depending on the children's levels in language:
a. taking turns---this app lends itself very nicely to each child taking turn creating a bead and stringing it onto the necklace.
b. using descriptors when creating a bead---Once the child has made the bead, she can describe it "I made a pink heart bead with a white butterfly".
Where I used this in a school setting in very small groups.
How This is an extremely easy app to use. The initial screen once you choose 'start beading' shows a string, beads, and a box for choosing a color. Once a color is chosen, then you can pick a design. A charm shows up at the end, and you can then save the bracelet, email it, or send it to Facebook.Bracelet.jpeg
Submitted by: Ruth Morgan
Additional ideas from others: I forgot I have this app, too. Thanks for reminding me, Ruth! When I first downloaded it, I used it as a "reward" for practice finding vocabulary words during an individual therapy session with a young adult in a Day Treatment program. In addition to the drilled sentences my student needed to practice on her Vantage, she also practiced using her words to design her reward. -Deanna
This app is very cheap
and worth the 99 cents.
I'm looking forward to using it again this summer in our Extended School Year program with children with autism. It's very motivating for the kids. Often, they don't have the motor skills for actual bead stringing, but this app allows access to a similar activity.
Conversation Builder
I used this app to target learning how to keep a conversation going by adding thoughts or questions to the previous person's. I used it with two highschool students when working on pragmatic skills. The app shows a pictures of kids doing activities. He would pass The IPAD to his communication partner who could re-listen to the recorded question, and record his resoponse. We continued to do this for 2-3 turns.
It was nice that they could re-listen to the previous comment of question, as it allowed for discussion about how to expand on topics as a group when stumped. I would say the only 2 downfalls. One was that you could not use your own pictures as topic starters and some of the pictures were a little "babyish" for highschoolers. Second, since you are recording it lacked reinforcing the nonverbals of conversations such as eye contact. So I would suggest recording the messages to practice the thought process of expanding topics and the re-practice those message in a real conversation.
Submitted by: Lisa Gray, M.S. CCC-SLP
Additional Comments/Suggestions:
I think it is a great tool to facilitate discussion about expanding on topics based on others thoughts. It may be best used with younger students in the gradeschool setting based on the pictures.
Spin the Coke
I have used this app a number of times for students to select reinforers (snack items) during evaluations. I can quickly add the student's picture and snack items from the photo gallery. Then instead of random, start by "choosing" the student's photo and asking him to spin the bottle. The number of items are determined by the photos I select (up to 6 photos total). It was fun in a small group, as well, using two student photos and using pictures of stimulus items for their speech class. Each student chose his picture and then spun the bottle to choose a picture he was supposed to describe. If it landed on the other student, he was supposed to ask the other student to help and they would describe the item together.
Submitted by:Deanna Wagner

Additional ideas/comments from others:

This app is also great for just picking the next person, to make any task more motivating. For example, I used it to pick the next reader for an A - E story that we'd just written. It really kept the students engaged, and waiting for their turns!
Submitted by Caroline Musselwhite

I also use this app to choose a writing topic, or to choose a way to edit a story (i.e. put pictures on for spelling, capitals, etc.). My favorite use of this app is for social skills - I take pictures of my student's faces. Then, they have to spin to pick a peer in the group. They have to ask a question or make a comment to whomever they land on.
Submitted on 10/12/2013 by Victoria Sucato Riggs, M.S. CCC-SLP
I wish it was possible to keep the photos when we switch back and forth between other apps, reducing the value of the app to a great extent for me. Since this app is designed for the iPod Touch or iPhone, sometimes the pictures are a little grainy on the iPad. Also, the circles can cut off important details that are not apparent when you are choosing/sizing items from the camera roll.
Image Spinner
As with the app above, I used spinners for selecting snacks with individual students during evaluations and with a small group speech class (2nd graders). The number of images are easily increased and decreased by the number of photos selected. Students were able to pick the items from the photo roll and add their own recordings because the record/play buttons are nice size and easy to understand. This makes a great application for practicing putting in various prompts (maybe a question, or the beginning of a statement that another student completes). The recordings really add value to the app. You can also see more of the image than in the Spin the Coke app and it maintains a square appearance.
Submitted by: Deanna Wagner
Additional ideas/comments from others:
I liked this app better than Spin the Coke because the items were remembered when I switched apps or turned off the device.

Works on iPad and iPhone, but the image is not as grainy as in the Spin the Coke app when using the iPad.

Of course the ability to record a message for each image is worth the $.99.