Boo Articulation Helper

Category: Special Education

Ages: 0-3 3-5 5-7
Price: iPhone/iPad - Paid

Boo Articulation Helper is an app that helps children to practice speech sounds that they need to improve. The app encourages children to imitate articulated sounds and raise phonological awareness.

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Teacher Review

Boo Articulation is a fantastic app that aims to improve the articulation of phonemes and sound blends. This app is particularly useful for Speech & Language Therapists, Educators and parents to support children with speech disorders and complex communication needs. Speech sound disorders include problems with articulation (making sounds) and phonological processes (sound patterns). Speech & Language Therapists can treat articulation difficulties by demonstrating/modelling how to produce the sound correctly, learning to recognize which sounds are correct and incorrect, and practicing sounds in different words. Boo Articulation is a fun and engaging application that certainly supports this process.

Upon opening the app you are presented the main screen containing a frog and areas containing consonant sounds in one section and monophthong (Vowel sounds that only have one sound in a syllable). Through simple drag and drop movements, the aim is to pull the sounds into two slots above the frog. Pressing a play button initiates the frog to make the sound contained in the slot or slots. The frog animation is engaging and children enjoy watching the frog articulate each sound. The frog’s tongue and lips move to support articulation, you can also slow the animation down which aids the child’s understanding. Further settings allow you to repeat the send when pressing the play button 3/5 times. All of this aims to encourage children to imitate how the sounds are being produced. You can also turn the sound off to focus on how the Frog is articulating. The app contains the following consonants; P B T D K G S Z SH CH F V M N L W and vowels EE AH and OO which enable the practice of so many sound combinations. The interface is not too busy and functionally easy to use. No sign up is required and there is a useful parental lock feature in place and both English and American English are available to use within the settings.

We have been using Boo articulation in our Autism Specific School for a while now and it has been a ‘go to’ application for both our Teachers and Speech Therapists when working on articulation with the children. We always see children as the best judge of any app and Boo Articulation is one that they most definitely enjoy and are engaged to use. We as a school find it important that the app is used in brief short sessions over a period of time to ensure the child continues to be motivated.

The app also contains useful advice for education staff in guiding them to use the application. In our setting we use ‘Cued Articulation’ throughout the day with all children. One suggestion for the developer, is to possibly add videos of people modelling cued articulation as an aid for parents and educators who are not versed in this. This would support understanding with the adult modelling whilst using Boo Articulation alongside the child. This is only a minor consideration which does not take away from what is a wonderful app.

I can’t speak highly enough about Boo Articulation and the benefits it has for supporting children with speech disorders. We trial and use many apps at the school with this being one that has had little or no negative feedback. Boo Articulation has been one of the most popular apps we have come across and a definite hit with our speech therapists. In the design of this app, it is clear to see that the developer is a speech and language therapist with a deep understanding in this area. Well done!

From the Developer

This is Boo! 

Boo helps children practice speech sounds that they need to improve. He is designed to entice spontaneous repetition of individual speech sounds and simple syllables. At the same time, he enforces helpful phonological awareness, by showing what actions happen in the mouth during articulation. Developed by a certified Speech-Language Pathologist.

When the child simultaneously uses multiple senses (vision and hearing) to imitate and repeat it becomes easier to overcome obstacles and improve its articulation skills.

-- Said about Boo: --

"They were extremely pleased with Boo and the boy is perceived by the parents as more intelligible than before. His training motivation as also improved."
- David, Speech-Language Therapist

"It works really great! We are so pleasantly surprised by how encouraged the kids get to try the different sounds as soon as they see Boo."
- Elin, Speech-Language Therapist

-- Who is Boo for? --

The app is aimed at children aged 3 to approximately 6 years
• with verbal dyspraxia or
• with phonological impairment or
• currently learning English or
• whose caregivers thinks they need to practice one or more speech sounds, or joining sounds into simple syllables. Boo may then be a stepping stone to a better pronunciation!

-- What can you do? --

Sounds in the paid app version are consonants P B T D K G S Z SH CH F V M N L W, essential to speech development. There are also five monophthong vowels, depending on what English dialect (American or British) you have chosen in the settings.

In the app, you put one or two sound cards in corresponding fields, building a sound or a simple two-letter syllable. Then, Boo articulates the sound or syllable, clearly showing mouth and tongue movements during articulation. This may be enticing for the child to imitate and recognize how the sound syllables are made by tongue and lips.

You can record and playback your own sound production for comparison. You can also make Boo go slow, repeat successively, or articulate sound noiselessly. Behind a parental lock you can disable or enable sounds as well as read instructions and tips from the SLT.

The images themselves on the sound cards, not necessarily the image's first letter, represents the actual speech sound that Boo makes. For example, a vacuum cleaner represents the sound V because it can, if you like, sound like a V, and the hit-hat represents the sound T because it sounds like a T.

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NOTE: There is a free, lite try-before-you-buy version with a few speech sounds and limited functionality. If you are uncertain if this version is useful, try the lite version first. If the child then interacts and spontaneously imitates Boo, then it could be worthwhile to purchase the paid version.

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Boo Articulation Helper is tested by eight children in their homes, aged 3-6 years, seeing a SLT on a regular basis. The try-outs have shown an improvement of training motivation and spontaneous repetition of speech sounds in a way that proved more difficult with other training material and methods (undocumented).

The app is developed to be used on an iPad or tablet as it is easier to handle with little children's fingers - although it also compatible with smaller screens.

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