Can I just write a one liner blog post and say ‘get SCIP‘?
Because that’s all I really want to do. It’ll save time and tons of superlatives from me if I just rest my case there. Get SCIP.
No? Not enough? Okay, let me take you back to when it all began. The year was 2000 and something and as a new grad in my first job I came across my ‘g’ kid. You might have met him. EVERYTHING was either ‘g’ or a vowel sound. He was a six year old in Kindergarten and wow! I mean where do you begin? My clinic had the computer version of SCIP and I crossed my fingers and toes and put all my faith that Dr. Lynn Williams knew what she was talking about and did the Multiple Oppositions approach very diligently. Within six months my ‘g’ kid had every single sound including clusters. It was mind-blowing.
I have been a SCIP convert ever since.
And you know what, I honestly credit SCIP for my love of speech sound disorders today because from the get go I had evidence-based research and therapy resources at my finger tips.
Phonology was never scary or overwhelming when I had my good mate SCIP with me!
While I wrote a blog post about it five years ago, SCIP has made an amazing transformation and is now available in an app. My first thought, was ‘how is this going to work?’. But it does and it’s FAR more efficient than I expected. It feels streamlined but still really supportive. Because I have used the original SCIP so many times and have something to compare it too, I thought I’d highlight the best bits about why this is a must-have for therapists.
- EVIDENCE BASED: How many apps do you know that actually site research? Not many at all should be your answer. In this app you get to choose from four different phonological approaches: minimal pairs, multiple oppositions, maximal oppositions and empty set, plus vowel contrasts.
- THERAPY GUIDE: Clear, simple instructions and rationales are included so that if one of these approaches are new to you, you can still choose targets. This saves TONS of time doing extra research if you are time pressed. I personally think that it’s great to refresh your phonological therapy knowledge and do a bit of extra reading anyway, but that’s the phonology nerd in me speaking 🙂
- VIDEO MODELS: I love that the app shows you video clips of the therapy in action. It’s such a great learning tool, particularly for those of you who have never seen or implemented an approach (which can be the main reason why you too scared to try a new approach anyway!).
- EASE OF USE: It took me 28 seconds to ‘add’ my name, select the treatment type (minimal pairs), choose my error sound and target sound and then select the word targets. 28 seconds. And I picked a random error (w-s) just to see if SCIP would find me some pairs. This is why I love it: no matter the substitution, SCIP will find you words. And by words, I mean word pairs that your rhyming brain hadn’t even thought of! And let’s face it… we all have those kids who just don’t follow the phonological norm and leave you scratching your head what to do!
- VISUALS: You can choose illustrations OR real photos, which is a big upgrade from the original SCIP which just had illustrations. At times, our word choices and vocabulary may not be the most easy to understand for kids, so this is where the photos really help. And if you’re super organized, you can just print and laminate phonological decks that you will use all the time (such as fronting or gliding minimal pairs). And with over 2,300 pictures, you know that you’re set for therapy.
- PRINTING: There is a print option!!! This was my biggest concern before I got the app; that it would be just an app based resource. This is such a bonus so that you can have a choice of either therapy on the iPad, or in card form. There are print options too (these guys really thought of everything) – color or black & white, and 4 or 12 pictures to a page. This function for me makes this app a real worthwhile investment. You can also save the treatment as a PDF and email the pictures!!!
- FLEXIBILITY: You can choose initial or final position, inclusion of nonwords and even choose specific types of vowels (e.g. front/back or high/low). Another thing that I love is that if you don’t want to ‘choose’ an approach, there is an option to search for and add any pictures that you want to print. In my mind it’s like having an articulation and phonology app in one.
- PROGRESS MONITORING: You can add and save students which is great in itself, but I also created a ‘Fronting’ and ‘Gliding’ student, for when I quickly want to trial a minimal pairs approach or don’t need to use the progress monitoring function. You can also toggle between individual and groups, so it’s mighty flexible! I haven’t yet used the graphing or reporting feature, but hey, I know it’s there if I ever want to.
So these are the main, glaring ‘wow’ features that I found, but there are other little things that will make therapy life easy for you. Look, at the end of the day, sometimes all people care about is the price. And yes, SCIP has a price tag associated with it. I paid more for it in CD form than it’s currently priced at the App Store and it is WORTH IT. Totally, 100% worth it. You’ll be set for phonological therapy…you should be relieved at that! Have a look now at the SCIP program in a little more detail.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of the SCIP app to review. I basically begged! After changing SLP positions in my early days, I bought my own CD version of the SCIP program as I found it to be one those resources that I couldn’t live without – so please know that all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.