Describe with Art app helps children describe and follow directions

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 store.

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 data.

 “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.).

“In addition 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.

https://itunes.apple.com/app/describe-with-art/id622806671

To learn more about this application, please visit www.virtualspeechcenter.com.  

Beata Klarowska, M.S. CCC-SLP

Beata Klarowska is an American Speech Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech and language pathologist, licensed by the state of California.Beata cofounded Virtual Speech Center Inc. in 2011 and, to date, has developed more than 30 apps for speech, language, and cognition.

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