{App Review} First Words Checklist: Teacher Edition

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{App Review} First Words Checklist: Teacher Edition

First Words Checklist is an informal receptive vocabulary assessment for young children. The app assesses a child’s knowledge of over 100 words in 15 categories (adjectives, vehicles, body parts, toys, instruments, classroom, shapes, furniture, food, clothing, verbs, numbers, animals, professions & outside things). Pictures are real photos on a plain white background presented in fields of 4. Prompts are varied (put your finger on, touch the, show me the, etc…). The app shows that you have completed _____ of _______ so you know how many more items there are to complete in a section. Multiple users can be set up with data tracking for each. The settings menu is locked behind a parental gate. Settings include being able to toggle off background music, adjusting frequency of the bird appearing or toggling it off and being able to assess all categories or specific categories. There is an option to replay the question and arrows to go forward or back. There is no aversive feedback provided for incorrect answers. An assessment can be paused and resumed later. The results screen shows a percentage correct as well as specific vocabulary the child got correct and incorrect. A PDF report of the results can be sent be sent via e-mail.

I found the app easy to use and helpful in both assessing and working on receptive vocabulary. Just a few wishes for a future app update: “belly” might be a better choice than “stomach”, the word “vase” was pronounced differently than most kids are accustomed to, “rocket” seemed out of place in “outside things”, it would be nice to see more common jobs listed in the “professions” category.

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App Store: https://appsto.re/us/SF9geb.i, $9.99

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 27 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.

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