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Sound Pictures - Playful voice training for kids

Sound Pictures is an iPad-tool to help children use their voice in a playful way.
Use your voice to make things slide into Sound Pictures. You can lure lions, owls, cars and other things into the screen. For instance say “baaaa” and a lion or an ape lands in a savanna landscape. Say “meee” or “buuu” and in flies a carrot, girl or boy.  With Sound Pictures you control what happens with your voice instead of your fingers.

Sound Pictures is suitable for children with cochlear implant, speech impairments or children  who need to practice their voice. The app has ear that hears sound. It is up to you as a therapist or parent to choose what sounds you want to practice: real words, nonsense words or speech sounds.  Maybe the child can make any kind of sounds in a free play. There are 72 illustrations in the exercises.

 

Who can practice

  • Children with cochlear implant
  • Children with speech impairments
  • Therapists who want a tool in their education
  • Parents who want to practice together with their children

 

Child safety and private policy

Sound Pictures has

  • no adds
  • no in app purchases
  • parent lock for settings and help and external links
  • no storing of sound files

Sound Pictures do not

  • Transmit data about the user
  • Require users to share personal information
  • Ask for date of birth
  • Collect, transmit, or have the capability to share personal information

 

How to practice

  1. Choose an environment that is as quiet as possible and put the iPad in front of you preferably on a table.
  2. Choose difficulty level: the toad with pacifier means fewer thing per exercise and the bigger toad more things.
  3. When you press the play button a demo starts playing. After that you start the exercise.
  4. Press the ear in the top, right corner, it will turn green.
  5. Say something, like biii or baa, and an item slides in. Please prepare what kind of sounds you want to practice: real words, nonsense words or speech sounds. 
  6. Press the ear each time you make the sounds.
  7. You are done when a lamb starts celebrating.
  8. At anytime you can move the things on the screen. When playing with the items the child get a little break in the voice training.
  9. Press the play button in the top, left corner to move on to the next exercise.

 

Refresh-button

If you were interrupted or want to start all over in the middle of the exercise you can press the refresh button.

 

More exercises, settings and help

You can change the settings by pressing the menu in the navigation bar on the left. The menu leads to more exercises and levels.

 

Difficulty levels

Press the toads to toggle between easy and hard exercises. The easy contains fewer exercises with fewer items and the hard contains more.


Easy level contains four exercises with three items per exercise.
Hard level contains nine exercises with six items per exercise.


The cog wheel leads to settings for the ear

The cog wheel has a parent lock, press for 3 seconds to open.


You can adapt the ear the voice and the room. With the help of at test you can change the settings for the sensitivity of the ear, i. e. a value in decibel. And then you can also test if the new setting works properly. You and the child can test the strength of your voice just for fun, how many decibels can you make.


The question mark leads to the help section

The question mark has a parent lock, press for 3 seconds to open.

 

Tips

• prepare in advance how to use the app
• you choose: words, nonsense words, speech sounds
• if "p" isn't working, try "paaa"
• sit in a quiet environment
• if you want to give the child an instruction while the ear is on, just turn it off temporarily
• check where the mike is on the iPad and make sure you don't cover it with your hand

 

Valuable tips

A quiet environment

Sound Pictures reacts to sound. You press a ear to start a sound detector. Sometimes unwelcome sounds are detected, for example a TV in the background. Because of this we recommend that you are in an environment that is as quiet as possible. When you are ready to make a sound it is a good idea to start by being quiet, press the mike and then say the intentional sound.


Noisy place, weak voice - change the settings

If you are in a quiet place you don’t have to change the settings. But if you are in a noisy place the ear can't separate intentional sound from background noise. In this case you can change to a higher value like 77dB. But then you have to use a stronger voice. If a child has a weak voice you can lower the value to e. g. 56 dB. Then you really have to make sure you are in a quiet place.


Control the situation with the ear

You turn the ear on every time you want to make a sound. If you want the child to copy your sound, start by saying the sound and then press the ear. Then the child’s sound is detected but not yours. Sound Pictures does not store any sound files on your iPad.

Sound Pictures hears sound but does not interpret speech

It is important to understand that Sound Pictures can't interpret speech and can't "hear" the difference between beee or mamama. There is no correlation between what you say and the items sliding in. You can freely choose the sounds to practice.


Why isn't "p" working

The detected sound is slightly filtered in order to detect human sounds without detecting so much background noise. Short sounds like single consonants are not detected. Long vowels work better. Try out what works best before you start systematic training. Some sounds will work better than others, so use Sound Pictures for the sounds that work best.

 

Do you need more help?

Do you have any questions regarding Sound Pictures? Don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Sound Pictures

iPad and iPhone

 

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