RinnApps releases ArtikPix for iPhone and iPod touch

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[prMac.com] San Diego, California - RinnApps today is pleased to announce the release of ArtikPix 1.0.1 for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch. ArtikPix is an interactive articulation app with flashcard and matching activities for children with speech sound delays. Utilizing fun and modern graphics, ArtikPix comes with a free deck of "th" cards with features such as recorded audio, voice recording, and data collection. Additional decks may be purchased within the app.

In app purchases enable all features with a total possible 21 decks with 40 cards each (840 total cards) for the following sounds: th, f, v, ch, sh, k, g, s, z, l, r, s-blends, r-blends, l-blends, p, b, m, n, t, d, j. Jason Rinn, software engineer and co-creator, says, "We wanted to provide a free app with options to purchase more. We thought it would enable more users to try our app and to purchase just what they need."

ArtikPix is a child and parent friendly app for anyone to use, not only speech-language pathologists; the simplicity of language and graphics provide an easy-to-use interface. As children see and hear words with friendly data collection features, they practice their sounds by flicking through the flashcards and tapping the matching cards to make pairs. Julie Malone, speech-language pathologist and beta tester, says, "The sound models are terrific and I love that this program is exciting and motivating for students while offering easy data collection for the clinician." ArtikPix is engaging and fun for children; as a result, children are more excited about practicing their speech sounds.

ArtikPix is full of features enabling several choices for adults to facilitate speech practice with children. Options include combining card decks and collecting detailed scoring information. It is easy to combine ArtikPix decks and specify card ordering for one or more children. This provides the user with flexibility to target specific sounds and individualize speech practice. The scoring system in ArtikPix allows for the collection of detailed scores (aka data) in the app without the hassle of pencil and paper. During both flashcard and matching activities, the total score is collected and displayed. Once completed, detailed scoring by sound group (e.g., beginning th) is shown. Scores can easily be saved within the app and organized into folders, or copied to clipboard, email, or a Google spreadsheet. Artikpix's options for collecting and storing data make it easy to track a child's progress.

As a speech-language pathologist and the co-creator, Eric Sailers had the luxury of testing ArtikPix with his students. "As we developed ArtikPix, it was great to see how much my students got out of using the app. They had smiles on their faces as they practiced, especially during the matching activity. Plus, they produced their speech sounds more often than with traditional articulation cards." ArtikPix revolutionizes speech practice for the 21st century learner and provides a greater experience for both children and facilitators than traditional methods.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone or iPod touch
* iPhone OS 3.2 or later
* 18.1 MB
* In App Purchases for decks

Pricing and Availability:
ArtikPix 1.0.1 is available on the iTunes App Store for free with the "th" card deck and additional decks can be purchased in the app for $2.99 each, in groups, or all decks for $49.99.

RinnApps is a company owned and operated by Jason Rinn. Jason is a software engineer who creates mobile applications for Apple's platforms. ArtikPix was co-created by Eric Sailers and Jason Rinn of RinnApps. Eric Sailers is a speech-language pathologist and assistive technology specialist with several years of experience working for a school district. An area of expertise for Eric is addressing articulation difficulties of school-age children. Eric and Jason are good friends who enjoy creating applications for children with special needs. Copyright (C) 2010 Jason Rinn and Eric Sailers. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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