Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sunny Articulation and Phonology Test {app review}

Happy Hump Day everyone!!  Today, I have another Smarty Ears app for you to check out.  This one is called the Sunny Articulation and Phonology Test!

The Basics:
-It is a tool for evaluation and screening.
-It is used to identify articulation errors and patterns.
-It is used to supplement/give you more information than a standardized test might give you.
-It is quite easy to use!

Here is the main screen you will see when you first open the app:

You have choices on the main page.  On the left side, you see "Info."  Click on it and this is what you will see for your options:

On the other side, you can click on "Settings:"

You click on "New Student" and will see this screen pop up:

Once you add the student's information, click ok and then "New Test" in the upper right corner.  It will take you to this screen:

Determine which route you want to go- full evaluation or screening.  I chose to go the full evaluation route. It will begin by showing you pictures.  In the upper left corner, click on the red dot to record the child saying the word.  Click on the picture to hear the stimulus word.  

Click on the target phoneme that the child said incorrectly.  This will change that phoneme to red instead of green.  You're also given options as to what exactly the error was.

Click on the little notepad on the right hand side to add your own notes to the test.

Once the test is finished, you will be prompted to give an overall intelligibility rating.

Then, the app does a nice analysis of the errors.  You can see the analysis by position, manner, voicing, words, place, and error.  Click on the plus sign here to email the results, open the results in another app, review the audio recordings, or open in Therapy Report Center.

Then click "Preview report" at the bottom, and a nicely written report will be generated.

What I like:
-You can track students' progress over time.
-It has 2 options for testing (screening and evaluation)
-It analyzes errors by phoneme, manner, place, position in word, voicing, and error type.
-You can mark the errors that they've made on specific phonemes.
-You can record during the test.
-It generates a nice, printable report for you.
-You can add your own notes in.
-Administration of the full evaluation takes 20 minutes or less.
-It is much more portable than a traditional test!

Bottom Line:
This is a great evaluation and assessment app that can give you more information than some standardized tests will give you.  It is not a replacement for standardized tests for those of you who need to report a standardized score. However, I would recommend giving this test to gain additional information, report progress, and add your own notes!  It is quick, too!!

If you would like this app, you can get it on iTunes here.  It is currently $49.99 at the time of this post.

What do you think?  Would you use this app for evaluations, screenings, or both? 

Disclaimer: I was provided a code for this app for my review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions expressed are mine.
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