Sanapsis is an app developed by Speech Clinic Ltd. This app is to be used in conjunction with an SLP within a rehabilitation facility. It is not to be used by an individual without guidance. The app is available in the iTunes store. Here is the link to the app. The price of the app at the time this post was published is $199.99. Please read the three app review post so you can see everything that this app offers in one convenient place.
Since I am a school SLP, I am going to post information and reviews based on how I would use this app in my school-based therapy sessions. This app contains many sections and many activities within each section. I will breakdown each section and activity and explain how it can be used by a school SLP.
When you open Sanapsis you are given six different categories: Production, Comprehension, Reading, Writing, Semantics, and Perseveration. Due to the amount of content within this app I am going to divide this review into three separate post. The first post will contain the first two sections of the app: Production and Comprehension. The second post will contain Reading and Writing. The third post will contain Semantics and Perseveration.
This is the second in a series of three post reviewing this app.This post will contain information about the Reading and Writing sections.
The next section available on the opening screen is Reading. The Reading section is made up of eight lessons.
1. Word and picture – the client is shown a choice of pictures and must identify the correct picture by reading the word. The SLP can select how many pictures the client has to choose from 2, 3, or 4. Another option available for the SLP is eliminating categories from this lesson. School SLP Application: This lesson can be used as a reading task but also as a receptive language task.
2. Sentence and picture – the client is shown a picture and must identify the sentence that correctly matches the picture. The SLP can modify how many sentences are shown per picture and the level of difficulty. School SLP Application: This lesson can be used to practice sentence comprehension as well as reading sentences. A school based SLP can also practice identifying parts of speech.
3. Follow Instructions – there are two different modes available on this lesson. In the Reading mode, the client is presented with an instruction and pictures necessary to complete the task. In the Comprehension mode, the SLP reads the instruction to the client and then the client manipulates the pictures on the screen. Two levels are also available for the clients. School SLP Application: Both modes can be used within the school setting depending on the student’s ability level. Following directions both presented orally and written can be targeted. Also understanding oral communication and written communication can be practiced.
4. Build a question – the client is given 2-4 word choices to start a question. A related picture is displayed and the rest of the question. The client is to determine which word would correctly complete the question. Additional skills can be targeted by having the client answer the question. School SLP Application: These question building and understanding skills are also targeted in many therapy rooms. Asking and answering questions in this format can be beneficial.
5. Organize a sentence – the client uses the words/phrases on the screen to build a sentence. The client drags the words/phrases on the screen to make a sentence. This lesson has 3 levels of difficulty that can be adjusted by the SLP. All letters are capitals and there are no punctuation shown so the client has no hints to the correct order. School SLP Application: Syntax organization can be targeted by this lesson. The sentences may be more challenging for the school age student since they are created for adults but suitable options can be found by swiping through the slides.
6. Organize a story – the client is presented with sentence strips or sections of a story. The client must read the sentences and put the strips in order. Three levels are available which each increases the length of the story. School SLP Application: Sequencing stories is a skill necessary to precisely relaying oral narratives in conversation and in writing.
7. Read a story – this lesson can be used two ways. The SLP can read the story to the client and then ask him to tell what the main idea of the story is or the client can read the story and select the main idea from the choices on the screen. Two levels of difficulty are available in this lesson. School SLP Application: Identifying the main idea from a text can be targeted in this lesson. The SLP can expand on the text and ask the student additional questions.
8. Discussion-starters – this lesson helps a client practice real conversations by first answering the question or sharing their opinion about the question. Expand on the initial question by encouraging the client to continue the conversation with a follow-up question or comment. School SLP Application: Working on conversation skills is often target with students on the autism spectrum. This lesson can be used as a starter but the SLP needs to expand on the lesson with additional questions, comments, and prompts.
The section reviewed in this post next is Writing. This section can be used by writing directly on the screen with a stylus or by typing with the iPad’s build in keyboard. An external keyboard can be used as well. There are six lessons within the Writing section.
1. Copy letters by hand – the client is asked to draw a letter. Many modifications are available for the SLP to select what is best for their client. The SLP can select a drawing color, letter case, background image, and font type. School SLP Application: School based SLPs can use this lesson to discuss words that begin with the letter presented on the screen. The students can practice phonemic skills such as rhyming, sound awareness, and auditory bombardment.
2. Copy words using the keyboard – the client is shown a word to type using the keyboard. The SLP can limit the amount of categories that words are selected from. School SLP Application: This lesson can be used to create questions or sentences to practice grammar, vocabulary, and sentence organization.
3. Copy words by hand – the client copies the word on the screen. A separate piece of paper or a stylus can be used to write the word. The SLP can adjust the drawing color and the categories shown. School SLP Application: After writing the word the student can create a sentence using the word.
4. Fill in the blank – the client is presented with a sentence that is missing a word. The client is instructed to type in the correct word. Three levels of difficulty are available. School SLP Application: This lesson can help students use correct grammar skills when completing the sentence.
5. Write a sentence – the client is shown a picture and instructed to type a sentence describing the picture in the black box on the screen.School SLP Application: The students can practice using correct grammar to describe a picture and expressive language skills.
6. Synopsis – after reading the story, the client is instructed to write a summary of the test on a piece of paper. The level of difficulty can be adjusted to meet the client’s ability. School SLP Application: This lesson may be difficult for many school students but is suitable for upper grades. Reading comprehension and summarizing are targeted skills.
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