Conversation Builder by Mobile Education Tools is the best pragmatic speech application I have used with my 10 year old son with a pragmatic language disorder. According to the American Speech Language Hearing Association:
An individual may say words clearly and use long, complex sentences with correct grammar, but still have a communication problem – if he or she has not mastered the rules for social language known as pragmatics.
An individual with pragmatic problems may:
- say inappropriate or unrelated things during conversations
- tell stories in a disorganized way
- have little variety in language use
What Mobile Education Tools has designed with Conversation Builder is a way, “to help elementary aged children learn how to have multi-exchange conversations with their peers in a variety of social settings.” For my son who has both auditory processing disorder and a language disorder this app worked extremely well because the conversations were presented in both a visual and auditory format. This allows my son to use his visual processing strength to compensate for his auditory deficits.
Conversation builder has 4 levels of play, 1) 1 on 1 – 4 exchange, 2) 1 on 1 – 8 exchange, 3) Group – 4 exchange, and 4) Group – 8 exchange. It also allows for three different types of conversation initiation, 1) Student, 2) Peer and 3) Alternate. The initial app costs $9.99 and comes with a standard module pack which includes 40 conversations. There are an additional 6 modules that can be purchased for $4.99 each which include 20 conversations each. You may purchase all the conversations together for the price of $29.99.
As you play Conversation Builder you are asked to record your responses so that after all of the exchanges the student can play back the entire conversation. This allows the student to hear how the conversation would go from beginning to end without interruption.
Conversation Builder also allows you to save the conversation in the archive. Once in the archive you can replay the conversation or email it. If you email the conversation both the pictures and audio files will be sent.
For children, like my son, who struggle with pragmatic speech and have both speech and recreation therapy in school this is an amazing app. I highly recommend it for any elementary age child struggling with pragmatics and social language. My one caveat is I wish it came with a few more modules for the initial $9.99 price. That being said I still think it is worth the price.