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.
Let’s start with the first section Production. There are ten different lessons within this category.
1. Naming (nouns) – the client is presented with a picture and is told to name it. The lesson can be customized by showing 1-4 pictures at a time on the screen. The SLP can also adjust what categories are viewed by the client. If you touch the screen the picture will disappear, touch the screen again to make the picture reappear. This could be used for practicing short term memory skills. School SLP Application: This lesson could be used for simple naming task as well as memory. A student could also develop a question or sentence based on the picture.
2. Naming (actions) – the client is presented with a picture and is told to name the action demonstrated in the picture. This amount of pictures displayed on the screen can be customized to include 1-4 pictures. Memory skills can be challenged by touching the screen to make the image disappear. The image reappears by touching the screen again. School SLP Application: This lesson can be used for identifying verbs within a picture. These pictures can also be used as prompts for creating sentences.
3. I want to... – the client is presented with the prompt “I want to…” while shown 2-4 pictures based on the SLP’s selection. The client uses the prompt and adds which description of the picture that they would prefer to do. This lesson can be used to develop conversation based upon the clients selection. School SLP Application: The same skills can be practiced within the school setting. After the student uses the prompt phrase and describes their picture selection encourage continued conversation by asking a follow-up question.
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. Create a sentence around words – the client is to create a sentence using both of the pictures shown. There are 2 different levels available for this lesson. School SLP Application: Creating a sentence using 2 pictures may be challenging to some students but using each picture in a sentence that are connected would be a good skill to practice grammar and syntax organization.
6. 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.
7. Precise sentences – the client is asked to create a sentence based on the picture. The SLP can instruct the client to limit his sentence to 3 words or include certain key words. There are no modifications available for this lesson. A dark bar is displayed at the bottom of the screen. A sentence appears when this bar is touched. School SLP Application: The same skill can be targeted in school age children. Elicited sentences can be important to demonstrate appropriate grammar and vocabulary skills.
8. Descriptive sentences – the client is asked to create a sentence based on the picture including adjectives. There are no modifications available for this lesson. A dark bar is displayed at the bottom of the screen. This can give the client an example of an appropriate sentence. School SLP Application: This lesson may be challenging but it could be helpful for students to identify the adjective in the example sentences and then encourage them to create their own. The vocabulary used in the sentence may be above the level of many school aged students but can begin a discussion of new vocabulary words.
9. Give instructions – the client needs to create a sequential narrative about the steps necessary to complete a task. Level 1 are straightforward task that have clear steps. Level 2 lessons include an additional problem solving component. School SLP Application: Students can work on sequencing events, grammar, descriptive language, oral narratives, and problem solving within this lesson.
10. Retell a story – the client is instructed to read the story and retell the events. The narrative is hidden by touching the screen. Three levels are available in this lesson. Each level increases the length of the narrative. School SLP Application: Targeted goals can include story sequencing, memory, story retelling, main idea and supporting details, grammar, and vocabulary. Some of the stories may not be suitable for students so the SLP should scan through the narrative before showing it to a student.
The next section is Comprehension. This sections contains 4 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. Follow instructions – there are two different modes available in this lesson. On comprehension mode, the SLP reads the direction to the client and the client manipulates the pictures to follow the instruction. In reading mode, the client must read the direction and then manipulate the pictures to complete the task. There is also two levels of difficulty available for each mode. School SLP Application: Both modes can be used within the school setting depending on the students ability level. Following directions both presented orally and written can be targeted. Also understanding oral communication and written communication can be practiced.
3. Questions based on text – the client is presented with a short narrative (2-3 sentences). When the screen is tapped the text disappears and a question is presented. The SLP can select what type of question is used: question or yes/no. There is only one question per narrative and then swipe the screen for the next one. School SLP Application: This lesson could be used for auditory memory if the student cannot view the text. It can also start developing answer questions based on short narratives that can be expanded into larger passages.
4. Listen to 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.
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