2. Level 1
You will then see the main App therapy screen. All images in level one are of adorable robots and monsters. This is because all level 1 stimuli is two sounds (a vowel + s) or (s + a vowel) and therefore are mostly nonsense words. The purpose of working on such short, nonsense words is to help your child produce an accurate 's' sound along with one other vowel sound to make it as easy as possible to progress to levels two and beyond where longer words are targeted.
For example, 'es' will prepare your child for saying "yes" in level two without a lisp and 'se' will prepare your child to say words such as 'seven' in higher levels.
You can use the 'tick' icon in the bottom right corner to monitor how many times your child is able to copy the sounds on the App accurately. Tapping the 'tick' will automatically move to the next sound and tapping the 'refresh' icon in the bottom left corner will repeat the sound for your child to try again. You can alternatively swipe back and forward to move through the sounds without the App tallying correct vs incorrect responses. This can be useful when your child is first starting out and getting used to the App.
It will be time to move up to level 2 when your child is achieving at least 80% correct App imitations of these 's + vowel' or 'vowel + s' sounds without their tongue showing between their top and bottom teeth. If it is difficult, be sure to give your child a lot of breaks and positive praise for trying hard. We don't want them to find using the App a negative experience or ever find it frustrating.
There is no set amount of time that it should take any child to work through the levels on the App. Each child is different and will find certain levels easier or harder than other children will. It is important to continually gauge your child's reactions so they can be seen to benefit from the App, whether it is used in one minute increments at different times of day or once/day for ten minutes at a time.
See the next blog post for using level 2 of the Flexible Speech App to target a lisp.
Feel free to contact me any time if you have any questions.