Jake's Journey with Apraxia

And the Friends We Met Along the Way


The Speech-EZ Apraxia Program, website states …

This app was created for individuals with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) and severe phonological disorders. It is the very first app specifically created for the unique needs of the child with CAS.

We began the Speech-EZ Apraxia Program in the Fall of 2012 and in May of 2013, my family and I ventured to Arizona to do a week of intensive therapy with Lynn and her group. Hand cues were heavily emphasized during these sessions and by the end of the week, in addition to improved speech skills, Jake was easily sounding out words on his own.

Before leaving FDH, I purchased another app in the Speech-EZ family – Target Sound Identification – in order to continue strengthening Jake’s phonological awareness skills.

Here is Speech-EZ’s description of this particular app  …

The Target Sound ID app develops phonological awareness, sound order sequencing skills, and auditory attention skills. This app increases the ability to break words down into smaller parts and recognize smaller parts in words. Being able to break words into smaller parts and recognize sounds in words is an important skill that is necessary for early reading and spelling skills. Target sound identification promotes literacy development as well as sound identification during speech production tasks. Memory also plays a small part in this task, as the child must internally hold onto the word in their mind while analyzing the sound in a specific position of the target word.

What do I like about the Target Sound Identification app?

  • A child cannot memorize this app; they must learn the concept. Both the cards and sounds at the bottom automatically shuffle and are always in a different order.
  • Over 350 big, colorful picture cards.
  • Hand cues can easily be incorporated by the parent, which makes it a great extension of the main Speech-EZ Apraxia Picture Sound Cards.
  • Allows progression of skills. Jake began this app by identifying the first sound, which was fairly easy for him because he already knew the hand cues with letter sounds so well. Then, he moved to identifying the last sound, which was more difficult for him. Once first and last letter sound recognition were mastered, we moved to random identification.
  • Random order promotes listening skills. In the beginning, Jake really struggled with this part of the app. But, he came to understand that he had to listen carefully and each day this skill improved.

The article “Literacy and Children with Apraxia of Speech” by Sharon Gretz on the CASANA website states, “While there is no certainty that literacy problems will or will not develop, there is research that has shown that children with spoken language problems are at higher risk for literacy related problems.”

Before this app, Jake knew his sounds well, but after a few months of using Target Sound Identification to drill phonological awareness, Jake knew his sounds upside down and inside out.

Jake is now five years old and reading introduction is going very smoothly. I believe his success is due to the following:

  • He has always had a natural love for books.
  • Early intervention. He has been in speech therapy and learning the intrinsic details of sounds since he was 27 months old.
  • Speech-EZ hand cues and apps.

For more information about the Speech-EZ Apraxia Program, visit www.speech-ez.com/.

Disclaimer: I purchased the Speech-EZ apps for my son. Speech-EZ provided me with a free copy of the Target Sound Identification app to offer as a giveaway on this blog. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose and I did not receive compensation for my review. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway. 

20 thoughts on “Speech-EZ Target Sound Identification App Review

  1. Danielle says:

    Would love a copy

  2. What an awesome giveaway! We’re learning the hand cues and Kiddo is doing great with them, but an app to go with it would be helpful. 🙂

  3. Rya Daniel says:

    Would love a copy for my son he is slowly progressing but not being consistent at home

  4. tstarmom says:

    Debra Edwards – email entry

  5. Kathryn says:

    This app sounds amazing!

  6. Shera says:

    I’m soooo excited to find your blog. I don’t now how I’ve missed it to this point! I look forward to reading more but just wanted to go ahead and leave a comment to say thank you. My son is three and a half years old and has apraxia and has a severe allergy to peanuts. I believe he has a gluten intolerance as well but we’ve been doing trial and error over elimination diets for over six months and haven’t found exactly what works yet. I’m also excited to learn more about these apps. Thanks again for the info!

  7. tstarmom says:

    Shera- Welcome to my blog! Thanks for introducing yourself. It sounds like we have a lot in common. Keep the faith with your little guy. I just found out on Friday that Jake’s severe allergy to peanuts has declined dramatically. Who hooo!! He is now 5 and a half … It’s amazing the difference 2 years can make with patience, perseverance, and love.

  8. G's mom says:

    Would love to win this……

  9. tstarmom says:

    email entry – Melissa E.

  10. Lisa says:

    This would be great for my 4 year old son who has severe apraxia of speech!

  11. Angela says:

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us 🙂 This app would be great for our daughter with moderate/severe apraxia and after hearing about your success and the success of so many others, we will be looking into AZ !

  12. I’m an early intervention & preschool SLP & I would LOVE this app to use with my clients with CAS!
    (I shared this page on my twitter, Facebook, & Pinterest!)

  13. Gina nylund says:

    I would love to have this for my son

  14. Nikki says:

    Would absolutely love this app for my son. He can identify and say most of his sounds when asked about letters but struggles when identifying them from a word.

  15. Carrie says:

    This would be an awesome app to win… helpful also.

    I pinned it as well as shared on Facebook.

    Thanks for the opportunity,

  16. tstarmom says:

    It’s been a busy week for me ladies! Sorry I’m just now announcing the winner to this giveaway. The winner is — Carrie Kishel. I will contact FDH to get your code for the free app. Enjoy!

  17. Calie Durant says:

    Do you think a 3 year old (just turned 3) would be able to play this game? Is that too young? My son has moderate verbal apraxia, has a large vocabulary and speaks in 3 word sentences. I just don’t know if he would have the patience for this game. He plays lots of games on the iPad, but some of the speech ones, he gets real squirmy with. It’s a pricey app, so I’m hesitant to purchase it, if he won’t use it.

    1. tstarmom says:

      Callie – So sorry for the late reply. First off, this app is more of a learning tool and not a game. Second, does your child have a decent understanding of letters and the sounds they make? If so, I would say this would be a good way to strengthen that emerging skill. If not, it would be too difficult. I view this app as a follow-up to the main Speech-EZ app or something you could use to promote phonological awareness skills once your child is at that stage. At 3 Jake was squirmy also with speech practice and I just tried to do a lot of things that involved movement. Or, just sitting on the couch for 5 minutes and drilling words or in your case, sentences. Sounds like your son is doing great. I had to wait until age 4 1/2 to hear 3 word sentences. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  18. Sue Kost says:

    I would love to win this app! It would not only be great to use in my speech therapy sessions, but also as a resource for parents to use.

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