Burbank, CA, March 26, 2013
– Virtual Speech Center Inc., a leading developer of mobile applications for
speech and language therapy, today announced the release of Describe with Art,
an iPad application for children with receptive and expressive language disorders, available for download in Apple’s iTunes app
The Describe with Art app
targets receptive and expressive language skills, focusing on describing.
During receptive tasks, children follow directions containing descriptors, e.g.,
“Show me the large garden tool made from wood and metal used for digging.”
During expressive tasks, children are presented with various pictures organized
into categories such as people, animals, objects, food, clothes, transportation,
and places. Children are asked to describe each picture. The expressive task
includes a cueing system that helps children describe and elaborate on their
description. The cueing system consists of up to five questions or prompts that
guide children in what to say when they describe the picture.
The Describe with Art app
makes learning engaging and fun as it includes a built-in reward system. The
Describe with Art app is built around the theme of an art gallery with beautiful
graphics, animation, and professional voiceovers. Children are welcomed by a
painter, who introduces them to a task. Children earn a painting palette for
each correct response. When they earn enough points, they are rewarded with an
art studio, where they can paint their own paintings.
The Describe with Art app includes additional
features that can be useful for speech and language pathologists, such as the ability
to turn on or off the pre-recorded voiceover, set randomization, and collect
“The purpose of the Describe with Art is to teach children how
to describe things in their surroundings using descriptors. Children with
various language disorders often struggle with this task for many reasons such
as word finding difficulties, decreased vocabulary size, or poor thought
organization. Thus, children might describe an object using only one word or
sentence without further elaboration. The Describe with Art app guides children
through this complicated process of describing, by providing them with a
formula in the form of prompts. This formula helps them with elaboration,” said Beata Klarowska, MMS-CCC-SLP
(co-founder of Virtual Speech Center Inc.).
to the expressive task, this app includes receptive tasks, in which children
practice following directions containing descriptors,” added Beata.
To install the Describe with Art application, please visit the
Apple app store page below.
To learn more about this
application, please visit www.virtualspeechcenter.com.