App Review: Following Directions

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It appears that more clients have goals to work on following directions. I don’t know if the reason is a lack of attention span to listen to the complete direction or an increase in difficulty understanding vocabulary. I am always looking for fun and engaging ways to concentrate on following direction goals. Today I am reviewing the new app from Teach Speech Apps, Following Directions. This app may be beneficial in helping your clients practice a variety of directions.

Overview:

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When you first open the app the screen displays four choices. Each choice focuses on a different type of direction. The choices are: One step directions drag and drop, Two step directions choose from 4 pictures, Inclusion/Exclusion choose from 6 pictures, and Motor-skill based and conditional directions. Before we explore each of the choices let me share what setting features are included in this app.

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When you tap the gear in the upper right corner the Settings menu opens. Here you can select whether to turn on reinforcements or not. You can choose if you want the feedback to be a voice or a sound. The user can also select if they want the written direction shown or not. A nice feature within the settings is to have the pages automatically advance or activate a button to advance to the next page.

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The first of four types of directions available in the Following Directions app is One step directions with drag and drop. Upon opening this section the user is shown a direction (if desired) and three pictures on each side of the screen. The client must identify the correct color and shape and then drag that picture to the correct item on the right. There are 10 slides of directions in a set and the correct responses to total responses is tracked in the upper right corner of the screen.

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The next type of direction choice is Two step directions choose from 4 pictures. This series of slides has the client follow sequential directions. Some directions also add the words “before” and “after” to improve the clients understanding of these words in relation to directions.

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The third type of directions is Inclusion/Exclusion choose from 6 pictures. Once this app is opened the client is shown a direction and 6 pictures. Sometimes the pictures are closely related and sometimes they are not. The client must determine what the direction is asking and then eliminate the ones that don’t meet the description.

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The last type of direction in the Following Directions app is Motor-skilled based and conditional directions. These are fun directions to have clients follow. Each direction slide has a question “Was this direction followed?” and then a “yes” or “no” button. These motor-based directions also include before/after wording to help with more advanced processing.

What I like about this app:

  • I like that this app tracks the amount of correct/total for each set of slides.
  • I also like how the slides are presented 10 at a time so that if a client is doing well in a section you can quickly move onto a more challenging type of direction.
  • I like the variety of directions and how they are organized from less to more challenging.
  • The ability to turn off the written direction appearing on the page is nice if the client needs to focus on following oral directions.
  • The app uses photographs for displaying items which are easier for many clients to identify.
  • The design of the app is simple with minimal distractions for clients that have trouble focusing on the task.

What I would like to see improved:

In the app a feature that would be helpful is the ability to track and store a client’s progress.

I would like to thank Josie from Teach Speech Apps for providing me with this app to review. I hope this review assisted in your decision to purchase this app. I would recommend this app to other SLPs that have clients working on following directions. This app is suitable for client’s of any age. The current price of the app is $2.99 on iTunes. I feel the price is fair for the variety of directions provided within the app. Click this link to purchase this app in iTunes. 

Disclaimer: A copy of this app was provided to me for my review. No other compensation was provided and the opinions are mine.

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