My first pick for Cool Tool For Speechies is going to be the Wordtoob app. You might have remembered this app from episode 5 with John Halloran from The Center for AAC & Autism. Wordtoob is essentially a video modeling app, useful for children on the Autism spectrum. It was designed to teach everything from basic vocabulary to life skills. I’m also very interested in its use as a means toward teaching the meaning of picture symbols on a student’s AAC device. If you want to learn about all of these features, here is a good youtube video to learn more.
I’d like to share one more way that I use Wordtoob. These days, I’m doing a lot of work with speech sound disorders and I’m finding Wordtoob to be an invaluable way to work on discrimination of target sounds and minimal pairs. Take a quick look at the video below to see more:
There are 2 things I would wish for this app going forward. First, it crashes fairly often (though it might be my own iPad’s fault). Second, custom boards can take a while to make (particularly “AAC” boards). To date, there is no way to duplicate or share a board with another iPad running Wordtoob once an original is made. Nonetheless, Wordtoob is one of my go-to education apps that I now can’t live without.