We played several different games, and her favorite was the /p/ sound where she got to pop balloons every time she said /p/.
The software did a pretty nice job of recognizing sounds. In the 10 different game attempts I played today, only once did it not seem to recognize that the child was saying the sound. I had her speak up - and my instructions/voice seemed to jump start it back into action! I calibrated the mic the next time and we were back up and running!
This one of my students using it this week! She was thoroughly engaged with it!
If you're expecting this app to be the SLP for you - it won't. It can recognize that the student is making a sound, but not distinguish if they're using it correctly or not. It acts as the motivator for getting your student to say /k/ 50 times in 5 minutes, while you help your student shape their production.
This movie is from the developer. Watch it and the others on the website to get a feel for what using the app is like!
It would be a great app for your preschool population. This week in preschool I have used it several ways. First.. for it's intended purpose.. sound production practice. I also used it with an child with apraxia. First we picked a sound to practice. After a few games of /p/ I changed his target from /p/ to the word POP.You can customize it to many target sounds or words! The other student I immediately knew I would use the app with is a student with very quiet speech volume. Every time they make a noise, a voice meter on the screen lights up. We practiced saying words while using our 'loud voice' to get it into the green portion of the meter.
You can check it out here in the itunes store. Right now, it's priced at $4.99.