729218_180I Dare You Articulation by Erik X. Raj – Having a seven year old boy at-1 home, I often hear the phrase, “I dare you” quite a bit amongst him and his friends.  It seems as though this catchy challenge sticks around for a few more years too, as I have heard my second through fifth grade clients tossing out a dare or two during conversations. Erik X. Raj was clever enough to turn the popular phrase, “I dare you” into an articulation app and after trying it out, I quickly learned that this game is a hit!  I especially liked using this app with my clients, aged seven through twelve years old, who are working on articulating sounds at the sentence level.

-3I Dare You includes seven sound targets: s, z, r, l, sh, ch, and th.  Simply click the target you need, select your word position, and let the fun begin!  Depending on your child’s/ client’s reading ability, you can have him or her read independently or repeat the dare back after playing the audio.  Target sounds are embedded into the dares.  After completing the dare, ask your child/ client to verbalize the dare again, just to sneak in a little more articulation practice. That’s all there is to it and each and every one of my clients LOVED the app.  I tested it out with both first and second graders and got requests to use it again at the next therapy session.  At $4.99, this 600 target sounds app is well worth every penny!

Here’s is what the developer has to say about this app;

I Dare You Articulation is an interactive app for your iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, and iPod touch that features a collection of 600 child-friendly dares designed for speech-language pathologists to use with individuals who exhibit difficulty producing the following speech sounds: S, Z, R, L, S/R/L Blends, SH, CH, and TH.

With over 60 minutes worth of hilarious child-friendly dares to pretend to do, this unique app is guaranteed to help unlock your students’ imagination while properly pronouncing their target speech sounds.

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About the Author

NanetteCote_HeadshotNanette Cote, MA, CCC-SLP has her own speech-language practice, Therapediatrics. She is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist in Naperville, Illinois who was has been practicing Speech Pathology for close to two decades. Her blog, speech2me, was named one of the top Speech-Language blogs for 2012. For more information about this practitioner, please visit speech2me Blog or Facebook

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