Fono Logico

This app was designed to support the speech production of children who speak Spanish. Smarty Ears apps is proud to deliver the answer for Spanish speaking individuals who are working on correct speech production.

No more “re-purposing” apps to make them work, Spanish Artik is designed specifically for Spanish speakers! The easy-to-navigate menus make Spanish Artik an extremely user-friendly app.
With Fono Logico, speech therapists, teachers, and parents are able to record student’s voices, save data over time, and easily track progress! With both words and phrases, FonoLogico provides an easy way to increase difficulty as needed.
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BCSS learning platform

A quick screening tool designed to quickly identify gaps in knowledge of basic concepts

The BCSS is individually administered to establish a baseline of basic concepts of skills that are in error.
Children who struggle with basic concepts struggle to achieve the skills necessary for complex learning, our smarty ears blog focuses to fill that gap and provides resources for speech therapy. Because basic concepts are an integral part of language instruction, these children often fall behind those who have mastered the necessary skills (Schlaudecker & Regimbal, 1995). Unfortunately, this often results in the “Mathew Effect” as described by Stanovich (1986) and Walberg & Tsai (1983). In this situation, the child who is already struggling falls farther behind while the child who has mastered the skills continues to make progress. Early recognition and remediation of a child’s struggle with basic concepts through speech therapy may reduce the negative educational impact.

Basic Concepts Skill Screener (BCSS) is a quick, motivational screening tool created to help assess the basic concept skills in children. Designed by certified speech-language pathologists, BCSS uses technology to engage clients while assessing their school readiness skills. BCSS is sure to be a great app for the busy speech-language pathologist, teacher, parent, or caregiver.

Concepts targeted:

Basic Concept Skills Screener App

Spatial Concepts

Spatial words indicate the location of an item. Spatial words can also relate to simple relationships (e.g., out of the container). Receptive understanding of spatial words typically occurs before the child can use the words expressively. Most spatial words are mastered by the time a child is kindergarten age (McLaughlin, 1998). Many spatial words are prepositions (e.g., above, off); however, some are also considered nouns such as “corner.” Included in this area are the three-dimensional and perspective taking concepts such as “through” and “under.” Spatial words included are above, off, on, bottom, between, etc.

Quantitative Concepts

Children begin to learn concepts around quantity long before they are able to name numbers. For instance, a child may be able to choose the pile with “more” candy in it, long before he is able to count the pieces (Bracken, 2006). As the child’s number sense grows, it may provide the foundation for a deeper understanding of quantitative concepts. A few of the quantitative concepts could also be listed as comparative (e.g., empty, different). However, because these concepts are an integral part of the Common Core State Standards for math skills K.MD.A1 and K.MD.A2, they have been included here (Common Core State, 2012). Quantitative concepts included are whole, all, empty, most, never, etc.

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Basic Concepts Assessment

Comparative Concepts

Comparative concepts are often called relational concepts because they show a relationship between items such as size, color, texture, and weight (McLaughlin, 1998). For BCSS, we have included feelings in this category because the client is asked to compare pictures to choose the correct emotion. Comparative concepts included are tall, dark, cold, thick, sad, etc.

Temporal Concepts

Temporal concepts indicate how events relate to each other in time. Temporal concepts are some of the most difficult concepts to master because time is abstract and relative. Temporal concepts are comprised of three basic elements: duration, order/sequence, and simultaneity. Younger children tend to master order concepts early (e.g., after, before) while concepts dealing with simultaneity (e.g., while, at the same time) are learned by kindergarten age (McLaughlin, 1998). Temporal concepts included are first, next, starting, second, etc.

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Video Tutorial:

Imagine a screener that generates a comprehensive report of the child's skill for you!

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What are speech pathologists saying?

This app is great for a baseline screener. I love it for great monitoring tool. The images are clear and the app is intuitive. The simple design is very appropriate and the length of the assessments expected

Jenna Rayburn

“This app is a great way to identify areas where a student is struggling and get ideas goals…I love the color-coded percentage graphs in the report, which are easy to explain parents or other professionals”


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“It’s great to help in assessing pre and post therapy or interventions in basic concept skills.”

Lauren Laur

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“Many times, the iPad is just motivating enough to get kids to participate in baseline data collection and data collection for progress monitoring. Working in preschool, I often get students with objectives for following directions and comprehending concepts. This will be a great way for me to track progress this year!”

Jenn Alcorn

Overall, I am loving this! I think this will be a good way to establish a baseline and monitor progress for students who are working on concept goals. The app is super easy to use, I like the straightforwardness of it. No fluff, it gets right to the point.

Jean Wills



  • Ability to enter students’ information and track progress over time
  • Tests most basic concepts skills needed for school readiness
  • Offers two testing options: Full Screening and Quick Screening
  • Provides a tally of questions remaining in session
  • Add notes throughout the assessment
  • Ability to see students’ skill levels at a glance with color coded scores
  • Provides automatic feedback to student throughout administration
  • Ability to import to Provides data collection by type of concept or by age as well as total percent accuracy
  • Provides a report with collected data automatically added to narrative
  • Ability to e-mail and/or print test results immediately after its administration

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The Evidence Behind Basic Concepts Skills Screener:

Boehm, A. (2013) Basic concepts as building blocks to school success. Pearson Assessments; Retrieved from:


Bracken, B. (2006) Bracken basic concept scale – third edition receptive: Manual. San Antonio, TX. Harcourt Assessment, Inc.


Common core state standards initiative. (2012). Retrieved from


McLaughlin, S. (1998) Introduction to language development. San Diego, CA. Singular Publishing Group, Inc.


Ellis, L., Schlaudecker, C., & Regimbal, C. (1995), Effectiveness of a collaborative consultation instruction with kindergarten children. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 26, 69-74.


Seifert, H., & Schwarz, I. (1991) Treatment effectiveness of large group basic concept instruction with head start students. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 22, 60-64.


Stanovich, K. E. (1986). Matthew effects in reading: Some consequences of individual differences in the acquisition of literacy. Reading Research Quarterly, 21, 360-407. Retrieved from:


Walberg, H. J., & Tsai, S. (1983). Matthew effects in education. American Educational Research Journal, 20, 359-373. Retrieved from: