Speech FlipBook – Articulation & Apraxia

“Speech FlipBook – Articulation & Apraxia” is developed by Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd. It is free to download and contains one in-app purchase of $4.99 to upgrade to the full version. It is compatible with the iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone and requires iOS 5.0 or later.

A “must-have” tool for every Speech-Language Pathologist, Teacher, & Parent is now FREE to try! Use for Reading, Phonological Awareness, Apraxia, Articulation, & More!

Millions of parents, teachers, & therapists have made little flip books of letters & sounds for their children, students, & patients – now you can SAVE TIME with this talking flipbook that is completely customizable to your needs!

It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to have quick access to nearly every single-syllable word in the English language, suitable for all ages:

  1. Pick which sounds you want to appear in initial, medial, & final positions
  2. Flip between sounds or words to create the targets you want
  3. Hear the sounds & words, then record yourself & play it back instantly!

This app includes 16 sounds and 40 words with the option to upgrade to all 2300+ recordings of words in natural speech & 125 phonemes & clusters! The full version includes ALL vowels & consonants of Standard American English as well as over 250 sets of homophones.

So many uses:

  • Learning to Read
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Apraxia
  • Articulation
  • Minimal Pairs
  • Phonological Disorders
  • Dysarthria
  • Accent Reduction
  • Speech Perception for Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Settings are flexible:

Sounds can appear in uppercase, lowercase, or IPA (international phonetic alphabet). See only real words, non-words, or both. Select any or all vowels as well as initial & final phonemes & clusters. Flip between sounds or whole words.

Kids will have fun learning on their own or working with an adult or therapist on specific speech, language, or reading goals as they flip through the words. Adults can use this app too for rehabilitation from apraxia, aphasia, or dysarthria, or for English-language learning & accent reduction.

SLPs can generate a word list on demand, focusing on all words that begin or end with a given sound, or words that fit a particular phonological structure (e.g. alveolar-vowel-alveolar). SLPs can use whichever therapy technique is indicated (cycles, minimal or maximal contrasts, metaphon, complexity, phonological awareness, traditional drill, etc) to treat speech sound disorders & use this app to generate the appropriate word lists!

Words are paired with the sounds so learners can see the various spellings that go with each sound. Therapists are already seeing the results of children being in control of this app & improving each sound as they blend them together into well-articulated words!

This app is deceptively simple – it can do so much once you learn to use the settings to achieve the word & sound activities you want. Additional instructions & videos on how to use the app for various purposes are available on our website.

iPhone/iPod Link: Speech FlipBook – Articulation & Apraxia – Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd.

iPad Link: Speech FlipBook – Articulation & Apraxia – Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd.


Visual Attention TherAppy Lite

“Visual Attention TherAppy Lite” is developed by Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd. It is free to download and has no in-app purchases. It is only compatible with the iPad and requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Try our professional therapy app designed to improve reading, scanning, concentration, memory, attention to detail, and speed of processing! Race against time to find letters and symbols in a field of adjustable size – perfect for rehab therapists, brain injury survivors, and special needs classrooms!

Scanning from left to right all the way across the page is an essential skill for reading, both for children learning to read and for those with brain injury causing visual or attention deficits. Read the studies posted on our website to learn how this technique works and why it’s so important: http://tactustherapy.com/apps/vat/

This app gives you a sample of the professional rehab and special education app: Visual Attention TherAppy. Visual Attention Therapy provides systematic and customizable practice to train the eyes and brain to move correctly. Developed for stroke survivors and people with dyslexia by a Speech-Language Pathologist, Visual Attention TherAppy offers 2 modes:

  • Test – check if there’s a problem in scanning or attention
  • Practice – move left to right, finding 1 or 2 targets in order

Set Practice to Left, None, or Right to turn on/off a bright signal at the edge of the screen to draw attention to the neglected side of space. Customize the signal to match the training program already in place (red line, yellow line, flashing).

There are 12 settings of spacing/size to customize the app for the level of the user to provide between 24 & 228 items on the screen available in the full app. The Lite version offers 1 size/spacing setting to get you started.

Email results of the test (indicates which quadrant is most often neglected) and practice to track progress over time for both speed and accuracy.

**This LITE version restricts Test and Practice modes to 1 level and 1 size to allow you to experience how the full app works. It is a fully functional app for this 1 level and size, allowing you to try 1 or 2 targets and access emails.***

No outside ads, no in-app purchases, no personal data collection, and links can be disabled.

This is an iPad-only app that looks beautiful on both traditional and Retina displays.

iPad Link: Visual Attention TherAppy Lite – Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd.

New Drug for Rett Syndrome has “Promising Results”

According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a new drug for the treatment of Rett Syndrome has “promising results.”

Rett syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes mental retardation, autism, and physical deformities, has no cure. However, a small clinical trial has found that a growth factor known as IGF1 can help treat some symptoms of the disease.

Children who received the drug for four weeks showed improvements in mood and anxiety, as well as easier breathing, in a trial led by researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital. MIT scientists first identified IGF1 as a possible treatment for Rett syndrome in 2009.

“This trial shows that IGF1 is safe in the cohort of 12 kids, and at least on certain measures, it provides some effectiveness,” says Mriganka Sur, the Paul E. and Lilah Newton Professor of Neuroscience at MIT and an author of the paper, which appeared recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

In two other PNAS papers appearing today, Sur’s lab reports some of the molecular detail behind the mechanism of IGF1 action. His team also found that in mice, another drug, clenbuterol, appears to enhance the effectiveness of IGF1.

Unraveling disease mechanism

Rett syndrome affects about one in 10,000 girls. The gene that causes the disease, MeCP2, is carried on the X chromosome, so the condition is usually fatal in boys because they don’t have a healthy X chromosome to counteract the effects of the mutated version.

Girls with Rett syndrome tend to have smaller brains, smaller neurons, and fewer synapses than usual. Common symptoms include handwringing, seizures, gastrointestinal disorders, and difficulty walking, speaking, and breathing. However, there is a great deal of variability among patients because in every body cell, only one copy of the X chromosome is active. If a majority of cells express the healthy version of the X chromosome, the symptoms are less severe.

The MeCP2 gene codes for a protein that modifies chromatin – the protein-DNA complex that forms within a cell’s nucleus. These chromatin modifications influence the expression of genes by controlling access to DNA. MeCP2 also modifies microRNAs, which are very short strands of RNA that help regulate gene expression.

Four years ago, researchers in Sur’s lab found that they could reverse many of the symptoms of Rett syndrome in mice by treating them with a small fragment of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1). In one of the recent PNAS papers, the researchers found that the full-length form of IGF1 also reverses symptoms in mice, which is significant because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already approved the full-length form to treat children whose growth is stunted.

Three years ago, initial results of that study provided the anchor for the recent clinical trial to go forward, Sur says. The study was led by former MIT postdoc Jorge Castro and graduate student Rodrigo Garcia.

In the other PNAS paper, Sur, lead author Nikolaos Mellios, an MIT postdoc, and colleagues discovered a complex pathway by which MeCP2 regulates IGF1 production. They found that without MeCP2, there is not enough brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF), which in turn reduces the amount of a microRNA processing factor called lin28a. Loss of lin28a leads to overproduction of a microRNA called let7f, and this abundance of let7f inhibits IGF1production.

To help confirm that this pathway is correct, the researchers treated mice lacking MeCP2 with clenbuterol, a drug that is known to stimulate BDNF production. After this treatment, the lin28a protein was produced at normal levels, restoring the rest of the pathway that leads to IGF1 production. The treatment also improved breathing, motor coordination, and the ability to recall social interactions.

Unlike most other studies of Rett syndrome treatment, both of these studies included female mice, which Sur says is important because all human patients are girls.

In the United States, clenbuterol is approved as a veterinary treatment for asthma, but not for human use; it is approved for human use in Europe. Sur says his team has no plans for clinical trials of clenbuterol. “We just put our findings out there. More research is needed before it can be used in humans, but the possibility certainly exists,” says Sur, who is director of the Simons Center for the Social Brain and a member of MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory.

Modest improvements

In the Phase I clinical trial of IGF1, the researchers gave the drug to 12 girls ranging in age from 2 to 10, all of whom had Rett syndrome. Each girl received the drug for four weeks, and there were no adverse side effects. Patients also experienced some improvements in mood and in respiratory function, which is particularly important because apnea and irregular breathing are common features of Rett syndrome, Sur says. Respiratory function also provides a way to measure the effects of the drug without having to rely on patient or family reports of neurological symptoms.

“An autonomic measure such as respiration is immune to a placebo effect and provides a strong biomarker for treatment of the disorder,” Sur says.

The trial was led by Walter Kaufmann, director of the Rett Syndrome Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, and performed by researchers there and at Harvard Medical School. A larger Phase II trial, with 30 children, is now underway.

If IGF1 proves successful in treating Rett syndrome, it might also find use against other disorders that involve some of the same molecular pathways, such as other forms of autism, Sur says.

“It’s a window into how you might treat a developmental disorder based on the molecular mechanisms. With any autism that affects these molecules, this drug may well end up being effective,” he says.

Sur’s lab is now working on making neurons from human skin cells taken from Rett syndrome patients so the researchers can study more closely what goes wrong in them. He also hopes to uncover the specific effects caused by mutations in different sections of the MeCP2 gene, which could lead to drugs that target individual effects more specifically, Sur says.

“There is no doubt that you should treat neuropsychiatric disorders in an intensely personal way,” he says. “I hope in my lifetime we will reach a place where some girls with Rett syndrome get IGF1 alone because they have a deficit in the part of MeCP2 that strongly regulates IGF1 through the microRNA mechanism, while some girls get much less IGF1 but receive something else that affects other parts of what MeCP2 does.”


Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Promising results from clinical trial of Rett syndrome drug.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 25 Jun. 2014. Web. 27 Jun. 2014. <http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/278689.php>

Text Writer

“Text Writer” is developed by Ruan Yang. It is normally $9.99 and is free  for a limited time. It does not contain in-app purchases. It is compatible with the Mac and requires OS X 10.7  or later and a 64-bit processor.

Text Writer — a light, quick but fully functional word processor.

Design, edit and create gorgeous documents in minutes with the all-new Text Writer word processor. You can take nearly no effort to download the app and it features a stunning new design, new writing tools, and improved performance. Start with an Apple-designed template or create your own design using fonts, styles and tools from the intelligent custom panel. Easily add images, movies, charts, and more. Change tracking, comments, and highlights are also most helpful to review your work. The icons on the custom tool bar are very handy to convert the formats or styles of your work. This new app will perfect your document with a host of powerful editing tools. Whatever you write, Text Writer puts powerful tools at your fingertips. So you can create great-looking, media-rich documents in minutes.

—- Features —-

Effortlessly edit and format your documents
⁃Tools panel enables you to adjust fonts, lines, paragraphs, alignment and other formatting easily.
⁃Icons are available for adjusting page margin, word space, and line space and so on.
⁃Spell check and grammar check make sure no embarrassing mistakes slip through.

Handy designs of the editing tools
⁃The names of the typeface are written in their own formats.
⁃The app also provides with quite a few kinds of underlines for you to mark the special information.
⁃The application can remember the five kinds of typefaces recently used.
⁃When you double-click to select some text, a small panel will pop up and you can handily change the style, typeface, font size, font color, etc.
⁃If there are many pages in your work, the app can automatically give them a layout and center the pages when you zoom in or zoom out.

Fluid and Simple Interface
⁃The interface is very fluid and easy for you to design the layout of your work.
⁃The color of the interface is also very simple, harmonious and eye – friendly.
⁃When you have a large amount of work to edit every day, Text Writer is the best choice for you to accomplish your work.

Highlighting the line being edited currently
⁃Text Writer can highlight the whole line edited at present so that you will not bother to look for the location where you are when you take a break during editing.
⁃The highlight’s color is light blue which is good for your eyes and prone to bring a good mood to you.

Mac Link: Text Writer – Ruan Yang

Source: App Shopper


“Conductr” is developed by Patchworks. It is normally $21.99 and is free for a limited time. It does not contain in-app purchases. It is only compatible with the iPad and requires iOS 5.0 or later.

”Conductr is the ultimate Ableton Live controller”
JULIEN BAYLE (Ableton Certified Trainer)

“This app is awesome. Great design and great functionality”
RAC (Interscope)

“Conductr’s modular, clean and smart interface is just perfect”
DOSEM (Intec)

“Multi-finger gestures give you control over specific faders in an optional mode —it’s one of the only times you can use an iPad without looking at it”
PETER KIRN (createdigitalmusic.com)

CONDUCTR is the Ableton Live controller that makes sense on an iPad.

No nested menus, no tiny knobs. CONDUCTR doesn’t replicate hardware on a touchscreen: it gets maximum advantage of multitouch technology to give musicians the kind of resources that they can’t get from a hardware controller. From an ergonomic interface that adapts to any momentary need to a gestural mode that allows you to play without watching the iPad.

WARNING: CONDUCTR is a software controller. It doesn’t produce any sound by itself.


• Ableton Live 8.2.6 or higher.

• Mac OSX 10.6 or higher / Windows XP or higher.

CONDUCTR WORKS WIRELESS: you will need to install the Conductr Server software in your computer. Download it for free at conductr.net/downloads.


• 4 different view modes: 4, 3, 2 or 1 views on screen.

• View modes can be changed on the fly according to any momentary need.

• Each view can contain 1 module.

• Modules can be changed on any view while playing.

Clear and simple clips grid with scene side launchers and both individual tracks and master stop buttons.

• Control 4 tracks and 11 scenes with CONDUCTR’s free version. Control ALL the tracks and scenes featured in your Ableton Live set with the PREMIUM CLIPS MODULE.

• Simply drag the grid with two fingers to find the clips you are looking for!

• Clip and loop evolution bars.

• SHIFT mode to give you fast access to tracks & Master’s Volume and Mute.

• LINK function to hook up the Clip module and the Mixer module’s horizontal touch scroll.

Clear and simple control of each track’s Volume and Mute.

• Control 4 tracks’ inputs & outputs with CONDUCTR’s free version. Control ALL your tracks’ inputs & outputs with the PREMIUM MIXER MODULE.

• Smart faders.

• High-resolution clip peak meters with ultra-low latency.

• SHIFT mode for fast access to each track’s Pan smart crossfader and Solo and Record buttons.

• LOCK/UNLOCK Master Volume function.

• Track’s volume LIMITER function.

• 2 different SENDS mode: general sends & single track sends.

• Mute Hiding button.

• LINK function to hook up the Mixer Module and the Clip Module’s views.

Clear and simple Module including: Master Volume, Cue Volume, A/B Crossfader, and transport controls.

• Each User Module can contain up to 8 parameter controllers from any device on any track featured in your Ableton Live set.

• You can create 2 User Modules with the CONDUCTR free version. Create as many User Modules as you want with the PREMIUM USER MODULE.

• 4 different control interfaces: faders, crossfaders, buttons and quantized scales.

• User Modules can be created on the fly by surfing and selecting any of your set’s parameters on the iPad or through the LEARN feature.

• User Modules can be quickly edited at any time, even while playing.

• RESET feature: create parameter’s values memories and recover them whenever you want.

• Add any parameter to any User Module by simply moving it on your desktop software set.

• Control different User Module parameters depending on how many fingers you use anywhere on the screen.

• Impulse and acceleration detection system.

• Automatic snap to 0 dB and silence.

• Upcoming new System Modules.

iPad Link: Conductr – Patchworks

Source: App Shopper


“iMPC” is developed by Akai Professional. It is normally $6.99 and is on sale for $1.99 for a limited time. It does not contain in-app purchases. It is only compatible with the iPad and requires iOS 6.1 or later.

iMPC for iPad

***On Sale For A Limited Time Only***

Developed in partnership with Retronyms — http://www.retronyms.com

Turn your iPad into an MPC. With more than 1,200 samples, 50 editable programs, 80 editable sequences, and iconic MPC workflow, iMPC is the first app to bring the look and feel of the classic Akai Pro MPC to your iPad. iMPC includes everything you need to create a beat quickly and easily, including built-in effects, plus the ability to create new sequences and record and overdub beats. Time correction from 1/8 note to 1/32T with variable swing, and Note Repeat from 1/8 note to 1/32T with latch control are also built in. The app’s built-in sampler can record samples three different ways: using the mic on the iPad, using the line input on the iPad, or using the multi-touch turntable interface in iMPC to record samples directly from iTunes or other music libraries.

• More than 1,200 samples, 50 editable programs, and 80 editable sequences
• Exclusive iMPC sound set and classic Akai Professional sound library
• Sample from iPad mic, line-in, or music library using multi-touch turntable interface
• Export tracks to MPC Software for use with MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio
• In-app SoundCloud community, powered by CloudSeeder
• Share on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or export to your computer
• 16 Levels mode: 16 levels of attack, velocity, length, and tuning
• Note Variation slider: adjust attack, velocity, length, and tuning as you play
• Trim and categorize samples, undo takes and erase samples
• Create new sequences, record and overdub beats
• Live Sequence queuing for real-time performance and playback
• Simple drag and drop program creation
• Built-in effects: delay, bit crusher, master compressor/limiter
• Time correct: 1/8 note – 1/32T with variable swing
• Note Repeat: 1/8 note – 1/32T timing, with latch
• Supports WIST, wireless Sync Start protocol from Korg
• AudioCopy beats and sequences to compatible apps
• AudioPaste samples from compatible apps
• Tabletop Ready iMPC is free for for iMPC owners
• Route to and use with your favorite Tabletop Effects and devices
• Line-in allows you to resample Tabletop devices
• Use with Tabletop’s Timeline Editor

iPad Link: iMPC – Akai Professional

Source: App Shopper


“Gneo” is developed by Keane and Able Limited. It is normally $9.99 and is on sale for $0.99  for a limited time. It does not contain in-app purchases. It is compatible with the iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone and requires iOS 6.0 or later.

Gneo is proud to be an Editors’ Choice app and “Best of 2013” in Smart Productivity.

True productivity involves doing the right things at the right time. Gneo helps you take action with your to-dos by prioritising all the things you need to get done.

Take a look at Gneo in our videos here: http://vimeo.com/gneo

When you effectively manage tasks, you’ll meet your goals. When you meet your goals consistently, you’ll begin tapping into your greatest potential.

As you create tasks inside the app, Gneo helps you organize them, according to their relative importance and urgency. Work Canvas gives you a clear picture of your most pressing tasks, and the Forecast view shows you when you’ll have time between appointments to do them. Follow-ups and reminders ensure that nothing falls through the cracks.

Gneo has all the right features to help you make every minute count:

  • The Forecast view uniquely brings together your calendar and your to-dos so you can plan your to-dos in between your calendar appointments.
  • Gneo’s Work Canvas gives a clear picture of each day’s most pressing tasks based on their urgency and importance.
  • Follow-ups and reminders lets you focus on what’s urgent and ensures nothing falls through the cracks.
  • Group tasks into notebooks for work, play, home, and hobbies.
  • Smart Notebooks enable you to slice and dice to-dos across your different notebooks and set filters to bring together to-dos with specific reminders, dates, and tags.
  • Evernote integration enables Gneo to sync with your Evernote notes, files, tags, and reminders.
  • Intuitive Language Recognition lets Gneo simplify task creation by adding reminders for you.

We believe that people should have the opportunity to achieve their greatest potential. That’s why we created Gneo.

A free Cloud Gneo account is required to use Gneo.

Please follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GneoDay and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GneoDay to keep up to date with all the Gneo News!

iPhone/iPod Link: Gneo – Keane and Able Limited

iPad Link: Gneo – Keane and Able Limited

Source: App Shopper

Across The Table Hockey. A 2-Player Game

“Across The Table Hockey. A 2-Player Game” is developed by Megalodon Interactive. It is normally $1.99 and is on sale for $0.99  for a limited time. It does not contain in-app purchases. It is only compatible with the iPad and requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Arcade style hockey action is hitting the iPad! Across the Table – Hockey is a same-screen 2-player game that combines air hockey and table hockey. Imagine playing table hockey, but with the added speed and freedom of air hockey. This is a completely new way to play the world’s coolest sport.

Across the Table – Hockey was built from the ground up for two players. We believe that true multiplayer games are meant to played in-person with your family and friends – whether it be at a coffee shop, cafeteria, or at home during game night. So grab a buddy, put your game face on and score some goals!


  • Choose from 12 world teams – Canada, USA, Russia and more!
  • Multiple ways to play – 4 unique Pucks, 2 Game Modes, Choose the size of your team!
  • No in-app purchases! No ads! No push notifications!
  • Made in Canada (and we Canadians take our hockey seriously)
  • Same-screen gameplay – 2 players, 1 device. Play your opponent face to face – This is local multiplayer at its finest.
  • Original 8-bit soundtrack

iPad Link: Across The Table Hockey. A 2-Player Game – Megalodon Interactive

Source: App Shopper

Mencal:Mental Arithmetic Training, Improve Your Skills In Math

“Mencal:Mental Arithmetic Training, Improve Your Skills In Math” is developed by INSTANT.CJ. It is normally $1.99 and is free  for a limited time. It does not contain in-app purchases. It is compatible with the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad and requires iOS 6.0 or later.

iPad Version :
Example:38×32=1216(Same ten’s digit,1’s sum to 10)
①:Multiply tens place digit by itself plus 1
②:Add two zeros to the end of step①
③:Multiply the two one’s digits together
④:Add the results of step② and ③

“This app rocks!! Great for Math Team practice!” -by Bubba Smith
“Great app, make me feel less stupid” -by Howie_Serious
“Its a useful app for anyone who wants to know the numbers deeper” -by sjzbim
“It’s a good app for both kids and sometimes even adults” -by Willwang1985

Now you can easily improve your skills in mental arithmetics! Mencal is an app help you with your mental arithmetic.There are many tutorials and smart test engine in this app.

• Two-digit number like ab+ba
• Three-digit number like abc+cba
• Two fractions like 1/a+1/b
• Two fractions like (a-1)/a + (b-1)/b
• Sum of first n odd numbers
• Sum of first n even numbers

• Two-digit number like ab-ba
• Three-digit number like abc-cba
• m-n if m+n=100,1000,10000…
• Two fractions like 1/a-1/b
• Two fractions like c/a-c/b
• Two fractions like (a-1)/a-(b-1)/b

• Same ten’s digit, 1’s sum is 10
• Same ten’s digit, 1’s sum isn`t 10
• Same 1’s digit, ten’s digits sum is 10
• Same 1’s digit, ten’s digits sum isn`t 10
• two-digit number ab×cc (a+b=10)
• ab×ccc…..c (a+b=10)
• Multiply by 11
• 2-digit number if 1’s digit is 1
• 2-digit number if tens place digit is 1
• 2-digit number ×2-digit number(universal)

• Divide any number by 5
• Divide any number by 25
• Divide any number by 125
• Divide any 3-figure number by 9

• Square numbers made up of 1’s
• Square numbers made up of 3’s
• Square numbers in the 90’s
• Square numbers ten`s digit is 0
• Square a number ending in 25
• Square numbers made up of 6’s
• Square numbers made up of 9’s
• Square a number ending in 1
• Square a number ending in 5
• Square a number ending in 9
• Square numbers in the 10’s
• Square numbers in the 40’s
• Square numbers in the 50’s

iPhone/iPod Link: Mencal:Mental Arithmetic Training, Improve Your Skills In Math – INSTANT.CJ

iPad Link: Mencal:Mental Arithmetic Training, Improve Your Skills In Math – INSTANT.CJ

Source: Smart Apps For Kids