Thursday, July 18, 2013

{Review} Minimal Pair Pack App

Tap/Cap, Kite/Light, Take/Cake... Utilizing minimal pairs is a great way to help children who demonstrate phonological errors become aware of those errors.  If you also have children with phonological processing errors, read on to find out more information about the "Minimal Pair Pack" app by Therapy Box Limited!

This app includes over 700 individual target words and allows students to work on their auditory discrimination skills and/or phrase completion skills with the following sounds in the initial position: /p/, /b/, /m/, /n/, /t/, /d/, /k/, /g/, /f/, /v/, /s/, /z/, /w/, /r/, /t/, "j", "y", "th", "sh", and "ch".

First, you'll need to choose your settings, including responses to correct vs. incorrect answers, choosing the voice, and determining if you would like the word, picture, or both the word and picture to be displayed together.

Next, choose the sounds that you would like to target with minimal pairs.

To target discrimination, press the "play" button.  The app will say one of the words that are displayed and then the child must tap the correct word to match the word that they hear.

To target phrase completion, press the "play" button.  The app will start the phrase and then the child must tap the appropriate word/picture to complete the phrase.

What I love about this app:
- It includes many sounds, so even students who demonstrate atypical substitution errors can use this app.
- It includes pictures in addition to words, so that even non-readers can benefit.

What I would like to see in an update:
- It would be nice to have a simple way to record correct vs. incorrect responses within the app.

You can find this great minimal pairs app for $29.99 at iTunes!

Disclaimer: This app was given to me for review.  No other compensation was provided.

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