[Athen] iPad app search

Shelley Haven ShelleyHaven at techpotential.net
Wed Apr 4 23:56:19 PDT 2012

Regardless of the recognition accuracy of the app used (whether Siri, Dragon Dictation, or anything else), the problem is that the child would have no way to know if such an app were spelling the word she spoke. If the word were misrecognized, it would spell a different word, defeating the purpose. (...and my guess is that a 5-year-old's speech would be misrecognized fairly often -- many don't have the necessary vocal motor or language planning skills at that age, and recognizing speech is further compromised by speaking only a single word without any context.)

Perhaps they need to re-examine what they want to accomplish by having an app spell the word -- in essence, redefine the problem they wish to solve. At 5 years old she's just learning to read, and there would be numerous other approaches to tackle the phonetic spelling issue.

- Shelley

Shelley Haven ATP, RET
Assistive Technology Consultant

On Apr 4, 2012, at 1:44 PM, Robert Beach wrote:

> Hello all,


> I’ve had a request from a colleague that I’m not knowledgeable enough to answer. She has a 5-year-old granddaughter with persepction delay. It causes her difficulties in reading. She spells everything phonetically.


> They are looking for an app for either the iPod or iPad that can assist. The support she is asking for is the ability to speak a word and have the app spell it for her. Does anybody have any ideas? I recommended looking at Dragon, but I’m not sure if it will give them all they need for a 5-year-old.


> Thanks.



> Robert Lee Beach

> Assistive Technology Specialist

> Kansas City Kansas Community College

> 7250 State Avenue

> Kansas City, KS 66112

> 913-288-7671

> rbeach at kckcc.edu


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