Colorful, engaging and with more than 1,000 stimuli, the Virtual Speech Center app Verbal Reasoning is designed for older children (as well as adults) as they practice verbal reasoning skills. Created by a certified speech and language pathologist, it’s available for download at a price of $12.99 from Apple’s iTunes store.
For Students with Cognitive-Communicative Disorders
Verbal Reasoning was created for individuals with various cognitive-communicative disorders who struggle with reasoning and critical thinking. It includes these activities:
- Identifying and stating problems, possible causes and solutions.
- Identifying and predicting what will happen next.
- What would you do if …
- What would happen if …
- Stating pros and cons.
- Stating similarities and differences between items.
- Answering why and negative wh- questions.
The app has a reward system which motivates students to work hard by winning puzzle pieces. Once they accumulate enough, they can use them to complete puzzles. Therapists can score responses and track progress by viewing accuracy reporting by date and type of activity.
A Great Value
Introduced two years ago, Verbal Reasoning continues to collect positive feedback from therapists who have added it to their cognitive skills toolkits. And while it’s geared toward middle-school and older students, a number of specialists have noted success with younger children as well.
As noted by one speech pathologist who reviewed it, “the app is a great value for the money … since it offers the clinician the ability to work on both verbal reasoning tasks and social cognition with children as young as five, albeit with some modifications, e.g., when working on comparing and contrasting activities, I provided younger children with my own pictures to make the questions more salient for them.”
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