An app that I am using this week (6/19–6/23)
School SLPs! We are almost at the end (if you haven’t finished school already!)
While some of us still have summer school (or extended school year) to look toward, there is a break in store for many of us. My hope is that the summer refreshes you and resets you before September rolls around.
Before we can relax, there is still some work to get in. While most of my students want to “play games,” I know that there are goals that still need to be addressed. Conversation Therapy from Tactus Therapy is a great app for keeping things loose within a group setting but also asking and answering some hard questions. For those groups where a game is unavoidable, Conversation Therapy fits in beautifully- ask and answer a question, take a turn!
This app meets my expectations in a couple of areas- there are multiple levels of difficulty to the questions. Data is collected (especially if you prompt a student, there is an option for collecting data on that as well) and can be shared via email. There are multiple options for the kinds of pictures you are looking at and answering questions about as well. Let’s take a look at some of these features.
There is a user hub on the launch page which allows you to create and log data for specific students (and adults). You can manipulate settings for each user such as language, number of trials, content (child, teen, or adult), and the rate of speech from the spoken prompts. The ability to customize aspects is one of the many strong features in this app!
Next, you can specifically choose your categories for a student. As you can see in the screenshot, I am working on aspects that are more related to “problems.” I like to have my students think critically, especially in upper grades. Conversation Therapy has allowed me to talk about things as varied as manners and censorship!
On each page, there is a photo and 10 questions. Data is collected at top, and there is also the option to record for playback later. This is another great feature- while working with students, you can have them listen back to responses and work on being reflective for both content and clarity.
I love the simple description questions for ALL of my students. It can be hard (sometimes) for students to be clear in their description of a situation.
The questions have varying levels of difficulty- I like working on these types of questions because it allows me to assess conceptual knowledge for some of my students- do they really grasp the underlying idea of what is presented in the picture?
I also enjoy these questions because now we get into opinions. This is a critical skill in which students need to show growth. Giving an opinion without some demonstration of “why” they feel that way is important.
Once again, this is a great question because it assesses category knowledge. I find myself prompting students often during this question. I find myself being surprised at what categories students have knowledge of, and which ones they need some help with figuring out.
Lastly, after collecting data, you can share out right away. While some of us are not emailing data to parents on a session by session basis, it is helpful at the least to keep a collection of data points somewhere.
Overall, Tactus Therapy has made a solid app for speech and language support. Conversation therapy is flexible and comprehensive. It can be adapted to a variety of needs for students (even adults!) and collects data that can be stored or shared. There are a variety of settings that are able to be changed as needed. Recorded data can be used to help students with reflection and editing of their ideas. It’s well worth the price, and can be used throughout the year!