“I Dare You Articulation”—An App Review and Giveaway!!

I dare you to pretend like you’re feeding sunflower seeds to a flying dinosaur!   Sound like a strange request?   No, I’m not delirious from all those IEP’s and paperwork, I just finished reviewing a brand new app!

When Erik Raj (fellow SLP, fellow blogger and just plain awesome fellow) contacted me to share the news about his new app, I couldn’t wait to see what he had dreamed up this time!  I figured it would probably be fun, entertaining, humorous and motivating—-and turns out, I was right!  Your kiddos are going to have so much fun playing I Dare You Articulation, they might just convince you to keep them in the speech room a few minutes longer!

And Erik released this app just in the nick of time!  I don’t know about you, but it can be pretty hard to keep the attention of a kiddo who wants summer vacation to be here yesterday!  This app will be a sure fire way of keeping them focused and motivated for a few more weeks (in my case, 27 more days to be exact!)

Let ‘s explore this very entertaining app and how it could benefit many students on your caseload.

 

 

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I Dare You Articulation addresses the following speech sounds:  /S/, /Z/, /R/, /L/and /S/, /R/ and /L/ Blends, SH, CH, and TH.   But this app doesn’t use the sounds in just any old word, phrase or sentence, instead it presents the sounds in sentence that are written as DARES!  Each sentence begins with “I dare you to pretend like….”  and is then followed by a dare that incorporates words containing the sound that the student is addressing.

The app addresses the above mentioned sounds in initial, medial and final positions of words, however only one position at a time can be utilized.

There is also a button in the lower left hand corner that gives the option to hear the dare spoken aloud for you.   The voice recording is clear and very animated and provides a good model for the student to imitate. And, I believe the voice is that of the app’s author!  The SLP/student can read it aloud without this feature as well

 

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I’m not sure how he did it , but leave it up to Mr. Raj when it comes to being inventive!  He came up with 600 child-friendly dares for this app so I highly doubt you will find it repetitive or monotonous!

“What makes presenting speech sounds as dares so special?” you might ask—–Well,  for starters,  it creates an opportunity for kids to get out of their chairs and MOVE!   Whether it involves pretending you’re a bird in search of food,  a singer in a rock band or a superhero showing off your super powers,  your students are going to find themselves drawn in to the energy and enthusiasm that this app exudes!

I love how it gives high energy kids an opportunity to get silly and have some fun, yet also provides your shy students with an outlet to express themselves in the safety of a small group setting.    And no matter whether your student is an introvert or extrovert, there is nothing like tapping into the imagination and creativity that lies inside each and every child!

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After your student repeats the dare presented on the screen, using their best articulation, they should be encouraged to act it out.   Acting out the dare can also lead to further opportunities to use good articulation as they describe, discuss and explain the actions they are partaking in.

As another possibility, I thought it might be fun to let only one child see the dare on the screen and act it out.  The other students would have to guess what that student was doing and try to figure out the dare!   This might be quite a challenge, but it would be a fun way of getting a lot of conversational speech flowing.

 

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And this app is useful in ways beyond just articulation.  Do you have students with auditory processing  weaknesses, or needing help with direction following and sequencing ?    This app can help those students as well.   Have the student repeat the dare back to you in the correct order, repeat back all the details, and remember the sentence verbatim.   Once they have attempted the expressive task, they can then incorporate the gross motor skills necessary to act it out.  I think this app could also benefit students working on social skills who need to work on peer interactions and expression of appropriate body language (facial expressions, non-verbal gesturing).

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The app has an “i” button located in the lower right hand corner for viewing all the specifics of the app.  I really liked how comprehensive the information was in this section.  Erik thoroughly explains how to use this app, gives great examples of an exchange between an SLP and child, spells out the rules involved in using the app,  and also adds a disclaimer about the importance of reminding your kiddos that this is just for fun and that you should never really try to re-enact any of these dares at home!

 

What would I change about this app???  Not much!  Although, it might be nice to be able to mix up initial, medial and final position sounds at the same time.   I would also love to be able to keep track of data for correct/incorrect productions.

 

I Dare You Articulation is available in the app store for $4.99, but  I’d like to offer you an opportunity to own this wonderfully entertaining and motivating app for yourselves!  Erik has generously provided me with a code to give away to one lucky follower!  I Dare you to enter the rafflecopter giveaway below!!

 

The opinions expressed in this review are solely mine.  I received no further compensation for this review other than a copy of the app as well as a copy to give away on my site!

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25 comments on ““I Dare You Articulation”—An App Review and Giveaway!!

  1. Helen Wagner on said:

    My big brothers dared me to bunny hop over a cement picnic bench as a child (they were doing it)…. And I broke my arm! I was about 8 years old.

  2. Julie Graham on said:

    Playing truth or dare in the middle school library- almost everyday! Poor librarian! Crawling through shelves and acting like crazy goofy 6th graders… need I say more?

  3. Erika on said:

    Wow! It’s been so long since I played truth or dare, I can’t even remember what I was dared to do!

  4. Arlen Schwarz on said:

    Dares I can remember all involved large amounts of alcohol. That’s all I can really share about them.

  5. Coleen B on said:

    I dared my daughter to eat a whole sushi roll piece in one bite when we were out for dinner together…she did it and I lost the dare. It was fun to watch her though!

  6. Shannon SLP on said:

    We used to play truth or dare all the time as a kid, but I don’t really remember any of the dares. These days I dare myself to do things like take a Flying Trapeze class (which was amazing, by the way!).

  7. Sabrina on said:

    Sounds like yet another exciting program from Erik X. Raj! I already have his Multiple Choice Articulation App and all my kids with artic issues enjoy it! :) Thank you for this opportunity and I’ve loved browsing your Facebook page too!

  8. Ann Patton on said:

    Like a couple of others, I vaguely remember playing truth or dare, but don’t remember any of the actual dares we used to make. But I think they were basically harmless.

  9. Carrie Walls on said:

    I know I have been dared to do many things, but I cannot think of one right now!

  10. Andrea Chesick on said:

    Looks great!

  11. Jessica on said:

    I dare you to pretend you are spinning slowly with a swan on your head!

  12. Rachel B. on said:

    It’s been a long time since I’ve played truth or dare, but we did play it a fair amount in middle school. We thought we were so wild daring each other to sneak into the backyard after my parents went to bed!

  13. Nora on said:

    My students are constantly daring each other to do silly things. This is perfect for them.

  14. Nanette on said:

    I once dared my younger sister to fill her mouth with as much soda as she could, which she did, and then I tapped her cheeks so the soda went flying everywhere at the restaurant:).

  15. My brother once dared me to eat a decorative flower while we were out to dinner and agreed if I did he’d buy dinner. Well.. I didn’t pay for dinner!

  16. Angie on said:

    Wow! What a creative idea!!!!

  17. Patti HarmonTillman on said:

    I honestly can’t remember being dared or daring anyone else, but this app looks like it would be fun for my 4th-8th graders.

  18. America Salyers on said:

    I was once dared to rub a cute guy’s shaved head. Seven years later and we are still together…and engaged :)

  19. Tammy Marshall on said:

    My brother dared me to catch a brick he was throwing over a branch. Well I caught it but not with my hands but my head instead several stitches later the bleeding stopped. Lol

  20. Alex on said:

    We dared one of my friends to try and swallow a spoonful of cinnamon. Needless to say, there was lots of coughing and choking (and laughing on our part). But it all turned out fine. Wont do that again.

  21. Mallory on said:

    This looks like a great app! Thank you for sharing the review!

  22. Carol on said:

    I was dared to ride a rambunctious horse , without a saddle, and, of course, the ride ended abruptly and I got a broken collar bone…

  23. Shannon Giles on said:

    Only dare I remember was running around in the snow after sitting in the hot tub. Stupid kids:)

  24. Joan Pasqua on said:

    I was dared to eat liverwurst as a kid. I couldn’t do it, but I love it now! Go figure.

  25. Christina Cook on said:

    I don’t think you can count yourself among humankind if you’ve never dared or been dared, but at the ripe old age of 34, I can’t really remember any of my childhood daring antics! Hmm, I’ll have to think about that one!

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