Getting Started With Language Builder

Language Builder by Stages Learning App Landing Page

Overview

The Language Builder from Stages App is based on the Language Builder Picture Noun Cards, Sets 1 & 2. Used by BCBA’s, SLP’s Teachers and Parents to teach basic language skills to children with autism, speech language delay or special needs, the app includes 6 ABA-based activities with customizable presentations.

Settings allow you to choose speech or text commands, card positions, prompts and prompt fading, target and distractor words, reinforcers, and you can create unlimited users, save lessons for each user, and generate reports on user progress.

  • The FREE app includes 90 Basic Stage images, to use in the Identical Matching & Similar Matching activities.
  • The Basic app includes 90 Basic Stage images, with 500+ words available for purchase by category to use in all six activities.
  • The Pro version of the App includes all 600+ words, and gives you the ability to add unlimited images to create your own flashcards to use in the activities.

 

Getting Started

Main Menu and Demo of the Language Builder App

Settings

General Settings for the App
Identical Matching Settings for the app

From the main menu, access the settings screen from the link at the top right.

General Settings

The general settings will allow you to set the volume for the audio function on the app. Use this to set the volume for all activities. You will be able to access the About section and the Help menu from the general settings.

Activity-Specific Settings

On the left hand side of the Settings screen is a list of the 6 activities for which you can choose settings. The setting choices vary a bit for each activity. Details for each of the activity settings are found under the activity descriptions. The video to the right gives a good overview of how the settings function

Skip Activity Option:The Skip Activity switch lets you turn off or on a feature which will present an arrow at the bottom of the screen where you can advance past a trial if your student gets stuck.

Additional Settings:

Positioning and Repetition

Prompts

Instructions & Reinforcement

Word Lists

The word lists allow you to choose your Target words (the word the student is actually practicing) and your Distractor words for the Identical and Similar Matching, and Receptive Labeling activities.

  • When you touch a card once in the word list, it will get a check mark next to it indicating it is a TARGET CARD.
  • To include DISTRACTOR CARDS in the field, touch the word in the list twice.

By selecting separate TARGET CARDS and DISTRACTOR CARDS you have the ability to distinguish which cards your student is actually practicing and which cards are the distractors.

The Expressive Labeling, Picture ID and Sorting activities use only TARGET words.

You can view the word lists either Alphabetically or by Category by selecting the view at the bottom of the word list. Specific functionality of the Word List is found under each of the activity descriptions.

For more on TARGET and DISTRACTOR words click here.

Word Lists for choosing activity cards