Monday, April 14, 2014

iName It {app review and giveaway}

As I'm sitting here writing this, there is a HUGE storm passing through.  We are getting tons of rain and hail.  Hope all of you are staying safe in the crazy weather we are having this spring!!

Today, I wanted to take some time to write about an app from one of my favorite app companies, Smarty Ears!  It's called iName It.  This is one of the very first apps I purchased when I got my iPad.  I knew I needed something that I could use with both adults and children who had language goals.  The best part--it's evidence-based!

Here's a little bit about the app to get started.  Smarty Ears has this description on their website about the app:
"iName It is specifically designed to help individuals with difficulty recalling the names of common items found in the home. Developed by speech-language pathologists, iName It provides users with a systematic way to recall functional words needed for activities of daily living. iName It consists of fifty nouns that are displayed within the context of the rooms where they are typically located, such as bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, etc… Each target word can be elicited by using one of more of the five different types of cues available: phonemic, phase completion, whole word or semantic."

Pretty complete, right?

Start by adding your student and then selecting one of the following scenes: Bathroom, Bedroom, Garage, Kitchen, or Living Room.

Once you select a room, the app will take you to a picture of that room.  There will be items listed at the bottom for the student or client to name.  Each scene has ten different vocabulary words.  The picture below is the living room.

Select an object at the bottom, and it will make the whole scene go black and white except for the target object.

If the student names the object right away, click the green checkmark.  If he or she does not, hit the blue button.  A series of five cues then pops up.  These cues vary from enlarging the picture, giving the first few letters of the word, sentence completion, or a complete visual cue.  The SLP can mark that the student or client either got it with that cue or missed it.

One thing I love about all Smarty Ears apps is that they take great data for you. Then, they compile a report that can either be printed, emailed, or imported to Therapy Report Center.  It's great for progress monitoring!

Another awesome element of this app is that it is available in THREE different languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese!  As our world is becoming more and more bilingual, this is an awesome feature that I will always be looking for in apps.

Overall, this is a great app that can be used with almost any caseload.  Both adults and children with language or word finding goals will benefit from it!  The app is offered in three languages and collects data for the SLP, which makes for easy progress monitoring.  It is simple easy to set-up and use, too!  Finally, there is solid research behind the app and the cues that are built into it.  It is so important to me to know that my interventions are evidence-based!

This app is currently listed at $14.99 on iTunes, and you can find it here!

Smarty Ears has generously donated one code for a lucky Home Sweet Speech Room reader!  Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win.

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Note:  I was contacted about writing a review for the app. I previously owned this app.   No other compensation was received.  All opinions expressed are mine. 

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  1. This app would be great for both my students with word finding difficulties and vocabulary needs. Looks like a great app! Nice review!

  2. I have high school students who could benefit from this. This seems like such a functional tool to use with them.

  3. This looks like such a neat app! I would use this for vocabulary. This looks more fun and interactive than the cards I am currently using. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. I work with a lot of students on the spectrum, many with limited language skills, so this would be really good to use with them.

  5. I work with two classrooms of students with cognitive impairments. They could use this to work on functional vocabulary skills.


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