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The Evaluation Rubric for Speech Therapy Apps

Finding the right speech or language therapy app can be overwhelming. There are thousands of apps at the iTunes store. Some of the apps are developed by speech and language pathologists themselves. There are also many free apps that can be used in speech or language therapy, but they may contain pop-up ads that could interfere with therapy. Below is the rubric that was designed to help make an educated decision prior to purchasing an app. Please contact me if you have any suggestions, and I would be happy to modify or add more information to this rubric.

Grading

Excellent—5 stars

Good—4 stars

Fair—3-2 stars

Poor—1 star

Evidence-based practice

The app definitely supports evidence-based practice and provides research references.

The app supports evidence-based practice but does not provide any research references.

The app somehow supports the research.

The app does not support evidence-based practice and is not developmentally appropriate. 

Visual appearance

The graphics are clear, organized, and appealing. There are no ads.

The graphics are organized and somehow appealing. There are no ads.

The graphics are disorganized and not very appealing, or there may be some ads.

The graphics are disorganized and not very appealing. There are ads.

Flexibility

1. The app includes settings that can be changed, e.g., turn on/off audio recording.

2. The app supports group therapy.

3. The app allows  replay of audio instructions.

4. The app provides feedback re: correct and incorrect responses.

5. The app allows for automatic and manual scoring.

6. The app allows the user to audio-record and play students’ responses.

1. The app includes settings that can be changed, e.g., turn on/off audio recording.

2. The app supports group therapy.

3. The app provides feedback re: correct and incorrect responses.

4. The app allows for automatic and manual scoring.

 

1. The app includes settings that can be changed, e.g., turn on/off audio recording.

2. The app provides feedback re: correct and incorrect responses.

1. The app includes settings for basic functions.

Number of activities

The app provides three or more types of activities for the particular targeted area, e.g., flashcards, memory game, spinner, story, etc.

The app provides at least two activity types for the particular targeted area, e.g., flashcards, memory game.

The app provides one activity type for the particular targeted area, e.g., flashcards.

N/A

Number of flashcards (if any)

 

The app offers a great selection of flashcards.

The app offers a reasonable number of flashcards.

The app offers a limited number of flashcards.

The app offers very little flashcards.

Audio recordings

The app includes high-quality and professional audio recordings: precise articulation, intonation, and appropriate rate of speech.

The app includes high-quality and professional audio recordings: precise articulation, intonation, but increased rate of speech.

The app includes somehow high-quality audio recordings, but the articulation/intonation is less precise and/or the rate of speech is too rapid.

The app does not include high-quality and professional audio recording, or the articulation/intonation is not precise, and the rate of speech is too rapid.

Fun for children

The app is child-friendly and offers some gaming component or rewards.

The app is child-friendly and offers a reward system.

The app is child-friendly, but the child may get bored easily. The app does not offer any reward system or game.

The app is not child-friendly and does not offer any fun activity.

Reporting

The app provides detailed reports with graphs or tables. The reports are recorded for all students and can be viewed by student/date/goal. The reports are saved and available for later viewing. The reports can be e-mailed.

The app provides detailed reporting with graphs or tables.

The reports are saved and available for later viewing. The reports cannot be e-mailed.

The app provides reporting, but it is not detailed, or reports cannot be saved or e-mailed.

The app does not provide reporting.

 

The Evaluation Rubric for Speech Therapy Apps was developed by Beata Klarowska, M.S. CCC-SLP, Virtual Speech Center Inc.