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Conversation Builder – Excellent tool to encourage conversation

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Conversation Builder: This is designed to help the kids practice the conversations using a picture and a script.  Student will be presented with a picture and then few choices on how to start the conversation. Student should be able to read (or an adult will read) and understand the choice and select an appropriate answer. Then a recorded voice responds appropriately.  Then, it will go to the next step.  These are 4-8 exchanges depth.  When once the conversation is done, students can listen to the whole conversation.  They can save it for the therapist review or email it to someone.  See the video from the developer to get a better idea how it works.

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This is actually an engine that can generate unlimited number of scenarios. Looks like, to make everyone’s life easy the developer created the scenarios and including them in the package. But the real value of this app is in the engine. If the developer allows, others can help develop the scenarios which in turn will increase the number options available for the students.

This application is done beautifully with enough scenarios that student normally encounters.  Students are interacting with other person (even though it is pre-recorded).  This will eliminate the anxiety students will normally face during the peer-peer interaction.   Of course this can’t go on forever. They need to graduate from this to real world conversation during speech or other adult supervised situation.   There are other package options you can buy to add more scenarios.

The app collects the students name and other personal info so it will customize some of the responses with the info collected.  The funny part is I entered ‘test’ as my name and in one of the conversations it asked to say my name is ‘test’ 🙂 .  When I tested the kids had fun doing this. They looked at it as a game rather than a conversation.  So that is very good. I think if the kid can’t read and comprehend then this can be very tough for them. So, make sure you watch the video and talk to your SLP before buying it.

Tip: The app can archive all the conversations if the user chooses to. This may allow SLPs to give home work and review them during the next visit or do the alternative sessions virtually reducing the cost to parents.

Issues: No issues found at this time.  Everything worked as advertised.  The numbers of scenarios are around 40 with the base pack you buy and if the kid is good they can go thru these very quickly.

Wish list:

  • Although the scenarios selected are appropriate, SLPs/Teacher/Parents may want to create their own scenarios that are appropriate for their kids/students. Fortunately, it appears the app is designed that way.

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Notes from Developer

ConversationBuilder™ (Pat. Pend.) is designed to help elementary aged children learn how to have multi-exchange conversations with their peers in a variety of social settings.

The auditory pattern of conversation is presented in a visual format to help students recognize and master the flow of conversation. Students will learn when it is appropriate to introduce themselves, ask questions, make observations and change the subject of the conversation.

Being able to converse with peers is the cornerstone of developing relationships, and ConversationBuilder™ promotes development of this skill that so many elementary aged children struggle with in a fun and engaging way.

-Simple interface to learn the pattern of conversation
-Students record their half of the conversation
-Two group and two one-on-one conversation settings
-Student can initiate or respond to conversations
-Conversations can be 4 or 8 exchanges long
-Student name, age, primary interest and city of residence are used in conversations to personalize play
-Student recordings are interlaced with pre-recorded audio to create complete conversations
-Conversations may be archived and emailed
-Up to 160 distinct conversations available

– English

– Compatible with iPad
– Requires 4.2 software update

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