Saturday, August 31, 2013

In My APPinion: SlowTunes

APPy Saturday! I hope you all are off to a very relaxing holiday weekend. Those of you that have followed my blog know that I am in the profession of speech language pathology because of Apraxia. A close family friend was diagnosed with Child Apraxia of Speech (CAS) when he was very young. Going to see his therapy sessions changed my career path from a classroom teacher to an SLP.
When Brian Stokes contacted me about his app, SlowTunes, I was very excited. What makes this app so special is that Brian created it for his music loving daughter who was diagnosed with CAS. She had a hard time singing along with her favorite songs so he created this app for her. SlowTunes allows the song to be slowed down to a rate you choose without distorting the music or singer's voice. 
When you open the app, you are prompted to add songs to your playlist. When the music is playing, you have 3 speed options: Normal, Slower, Slowest. The settings option allows you to choose how slow you want the music to be. 
I tried this app out using my absolute favorite song, Hey (I Love You!) by Michael Franti. I was amazed how well this app works. You can definitely hear a difference in the song when changing settings but the music sounds exactly the same. 

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I took a video demo of the app in use on my iPhone. I hope this helps give you a better idea how the app works! 

This is such a great app! I will be sharing this app with PreK teachers and parents of children that love to sing but maybe need a little extra help to keep up with their favorite song. 
In addition to using this with children that have CAS, I think children with fluency disorders would also greatly benefit from this app. When I was reading up on the app in the iTunes store, I saw that someone wrote a customer review stating how she used the app to help her learn Chinese. What a great idea!
Brian was so kind and offered a free copy of the app to one of my readers! For a chance to win, enter below!




17 comments:

  1. This would definately be good for my Apraxia and Fluency students...also my ID students too!

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  2. This would great with fluency and artic kids! My biggest struggle is getting them to slow down.

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  3. I work with toddlers and preschoolers. They love music but many of the songs are too fast for them to sing along with. This is gong to be perfect.

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  4. I would definitely use it with preschoolers. The teacher was just commenting the other day that she was having to slow down songs for them. This would be perfect!

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  5. I have a couple of artic students that need to slow down!

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  6. I think this app would be great to use with students to practice articulation. It would also be good for working with my EC students.

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  7. I could see using this some of my articulation students who need to work on slowing down. I also could see using this with a few of my students who have a lot of sound errors that impacts their overall intelligibility.

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  8. What a great idea to help CAS students feel like they can be part of the "pop" culture! There are many ways this can be used in Speech Therapy...

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  9. I would use this with my kids in the DD prek that have down's syndrome and other delays. they all love music but it an be tooooooo fast to follow!

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  10. As a part of my internship program that goes along with being a CF I am doing a case study on one my kiddos with CAS. This app would be perfect!

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  11. I would use it with CAS of fluency- super cool app!

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  12. This would be great for some of my fluency kiddos!

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  13. I would use it with my kiddos who have apraxia

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  14. This app would be wonderful for my pre-k kiddos and artic groups!

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  15. This would be good with my fluency kids and also my au kids who love music

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  16. I love the idea of using this as a fluency intervention.

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  17. I work with a lot of young kiddos, fluency, and apraxia kiddos too. This would be great to use with them! Love it! Thanks for sharing and the giveaway! :)

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