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 posts 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 third post in a series of three post reviewing this app. This post will contain information about the Semantics and Perseveration sections.
The fifth category available is Semantics. This section contains three lessons.
1. Is the simile true? – the client is given a simile and has to touch the correct box; green for yes and red for no. The client needs to determine if the relationship between the two items is correct. The SLP can increase the amount of similes presented on one screen from 1, 3, or 5. School SLP Applications: Many students struggle with figurative language including similes and word association. Similes also help students understand nouns and descriptive terms.
2. Complete the simile – the client is shown a blank box and the rest of an incomplete simile. The client needs to name a word to complete the simile phrase. When the box is touched an appropriate word appears. The SLP can select how many questions are shown (1, 3, 6). School SLP Application: An additional challenge can be added to the last lesson by having the student create their own appropriate simile.
3. 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 last section of the Sanapsis app is Perseveration. This section has five lessons.
1. Yes-no – the client is presented with a question and giving two boxes: green for yes (check mark) and red for no (x). The client reads the question and selects the correct answer by touching the appropriate box. This lesson can be modified by adding displaying 1, 3, or 5 questions per slide. School SLP Application: The ability to comprehend and answer yes/no questions is an initial step into understanding questions and vocabulary.
2. Alternating forms – the client is instructed to copy the shapes or numbers shown on the screen using an index finger or stylus. The client must copy them in the exact same order. The SLP can select either shapes or numbers and the level of difficulty. School SLP Application: This lesson can be adapted to practice following directions. The SLP could use the shapes displayed and give the student a direction to follow.
3. Repetitive naming, numbers – the client is asked to name the numbers in order from left to right. The amount of numbers shown (9, 12, or 16) and the number of different numbers (2, 3, or 4) can be adjusted by the SLP. School SLP Application: Rapid naming practice and word finding skills can be targeted in this lesson within the school setting.
4. Repetitive naming, letters – the client is asked to name the letters in order from left to right that are displayed on the screen. The amount of letters shown (9, 12, or 16) and the number of different letters (2, 3, or 4) can be adjusted by the SLP. School SLP Application: This lesson can also be used for rapid naming and word finding drills.
5. Repetitive naming, pictures – the client is asked to name the pictures in order from left to right that are displayed on the screen. The amount of pictures shown (9, 12, or 16) and the number of different pictures (2, 3, or 4) can be adjusted by the SLP. School SLP Application: This lesson can add another challenge to rapid naming and word finding drills.
Some additional information about the app:
- Each lesson has a detailed description of the intended purpose, setting adjustments, and activity expansion suggestions.
- More details and videos are available on www.sanapsis.com.
What I like about this app:
- This app is so packed full of lessons that it can diversely fit many clients needs both adults and children.
- Each lesson builds upon the previous one.
- The developers of this app stress that it is not intended to be used independently by clients. This app should be used within the presence and guidance of an SLP.
- There are no reinforcers within this app. This can be a positive and a negative. The positive is that it allows the SLP to give delayed feedback or to provide prompting and cueing. The negative is that if someone purchases this app for personal use then it does not tell them if their answer is correct. I like this feature so that clients won’t purchase it for their own use.
- The real pictures used in this app are clear to understand.
- Although the app contains a large amount of content it only uses 159 MB on my iPad.
What I would improve:
- The price of this app is high ($199.99). When you think of this as an investment and replacement of older materials it may be beneficial. It also could be very helpful for traveling SLPs that provide home therapy or therapy at various facilities.
- There are several lessons that repeat from one section to another. It is justified because the lessons can target a variety of deficits and can be adapted to fit the different areas.
- You cannot enter a client’s name or save client data within the app. This helps reduce the amount of space the app takes up on a device.
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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