• Sentence Shaper

    Type of exercises:    Speech production, single word and sentence level targeting a range of linguistic/grammar structures.

    Examples of exercises provided:

    • sentences with prepositions
    • sentences with adjectives
    • sentences with prepositions and adjectives
    • why questions
    • complex sentences with multiple verbs and nouns

    Access:    Mouse (including click & drag), Touchscreen

    Developed with SLT:    Yes

    Theory based:    Yes 

    Record own speaking attempts:    Yes

    Correction of own speaking attempts:    No, the program does not judge the correctness of utterances

    Number of exercises:    Over 800 + unlimited if creating own

    Easy to use?    To some extent

    Customisation/personalisation:    Yes

    Error handling:    None

    Prompts/cues given:    Yes. Words/sentences are modelled. User can listen to verbal models of each word. Sentence completion words are provided. Possible to customise own prompts (e.g. semantic ones). Model sentences are also provided.

    Record results:    Yes. The users’ speech (& photos) can be made into a video which they can send to others directly from within the program, via email (Windows version) or, in the iOS version, via the full range of sharing options (email, messaging, Facebook, Instagram, etc)

    Tutorials:    Yes

    Free trial:    Yes but not full version

    Support:    Free technical support via email or phone

    Comments:

    • Ability to customise own exercises with target vocabulary
    • Don’t need any reading or spelling skills to use
    • Practising speech at sentence level at the user’s own level and speed
    • Designed to encourage self-monitoring of speech so whilst there are example models, there are also no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers
    • Word finder dictionaries (customiseable) are available to aid sentence construction

    N.B:    

    • need to use click and drag if not using a touchscreen
    • interface could be difficult to follow initially for some users 
    • American accent

    Supplier details:    www.sentenceshaper.com 
     

    Easy to use independently: No

    Number of exercises: Very Large

    Version: American

    Access: Click & Drag, Mouse, Touchscreen

    Record Results: Yes

    Evaluation:
    • Can author/customise
    • Clinical trials
    • Developed with SLT
    • Free trial
    • Prompts/cues given
    • Record own speaking attempts
    • Remote results access
    • Theory based
    • Tutorials