This is Boo!
Boo helps children to practice the language sounds the child needs to become better at. He is meant to attract spontaneous imitation and repetition of Swedish language sounds and simple syllables. At the same time, he strengthens the healthy awareness of what happens in the mouth when sounding, by clearly showing how to make the sounds. (This is called phonological awareness and is documented important for reading and writing learning.)
The app is developed by a legitimate speech therapist. Kids can use the app themselves or with an adult. By having the child use multiple senses simultaneously to imitate and repeat, it becomes easier to overcome obstacles and learn to sound right. Who can Boo help?
The app is developed for children between 3 and about 6 years who have, or should have, contact with speech therapist or speech educator due to difficulties with pronunciation. The app helps and motivates children to:
• practice on one or more individual language sounds
• practice distinguishing between voiced or voiceless consonants
• practice putting together sounds and harmonizing them into simple syllables, or
• practice the connection between the letters and their corresponding language sounds in early reading.
Boo can be a springboard for better pronunciation and reading learning!
Boo can also be of help to anyone who is learning Swedish, such as newly arrived children or adults. What can you do?
Sounds available in the full version are the consonants P B T D K G S F V M N L, three variants of the R sound as well as the vowels A E I O U Y Y A. Boo also shows which consonants are voiced by visualizing vibrating vocal cords. The child learns by playing, experimenting, listening and observing.
You can record and listen to yourself with Boo, and have him say slowly, repeat or just do the sound movements without sound. For children with concentration difficulties, Boo may occasionally poke them to keep them in the activity. Behind an adult lock, there are instructions and helpful tips from the logo pedicure, as well as settings such as the ability to hide / show sounds that Boo should be able to say.
In a small mini-game, you can practice identifying different language sounds when Boo makes them, either auditory and visual (with sound turned on) or just visual (sound muted).
--- Note! There is also a free version of the app for anyone who wants to try before buying it.
Boo is developed on the basis of logopedic and therapeutic experience with children with verbal dyspraxia or phonological language disorder. The app is tested by 8 children aged 3-6 years who attend a speech therapist. The tests have shown great motivation for homework and spontaneous repetition of sounds in a way that proved difficult before.
The app is developed and designed to be used on tablet as it is easier to handle for small child fingers. However, it works well technically even on smaller screens, but it can be difficult to hit certain buttons. Try the lit version
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