Go Sequencing is an engaging way to teach the language surrounding real-world situations and the steps necessary to complete them.
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Go Sequencing is an engaging way to teach the language surrounding real-world situations and the steps necessary to complete them.
Learning to sequence is fundamental to the development of reading and narrative skills, as well as everyday language (Spivey, 2008). Go Sequencing was created by a certified speech-language pathologist, developed by Smarty Ears Apps, and designed to assist the busy speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, and teacher.
Designed to be played with as few as one and as many as five players, Go Sequencing is perfect for small group therapy or Response to Intervention (RTI). In addition, Go Sequencing allows each player to work at his or her level within the group. This multi-level ability encourages each player to learn the fundamental skills needed to improve language comprehension, narrative retell, and reading comprehension (Moss, 2005).



Working in a Spanish speaking community?
Living in Brazil? No problem! Go Sequencing includes three languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
The selected language determines the language used throughout the app for all picture stimuli, commands, and reports.
To switch between languages, simply open the “settings” tab from the Select Player page. From there select the language to be used.
As mentioned before, all picture stimuli and reports will now be in the selected language.









Go Sequencing offers fantastic customization options. It is possible to not only change languages; you can add your own sequences, remove sequences, and select when the app moves to the next screen!
From the select player page, a tap on the settings “gear” in the upper right-hand corner will bring up the customization screen. In addition to changing the language setting, a number of other customizations are available.


Instructional Audio. Go Sequencing provides instructional audio for every page. Simply tap on the button to toggle the audio on/off.
Play Sequence before Task: Provides an audio/visual presentation of the sequence before asking the player to sequence.
Display text with image: allows the text associated with level 1 activities to display.
Play Sequence after Completion: Provides a video review of the activity when the player has correctly sequenced the cards.
Move to Next Automatically: automatically moves to the next activity once the sequence is completed. Toggling this off allows the professional to encourage discussion of the activity for further language enhancement.
Add Custom Sequences: allows the professional to create custom sequences.


When creating custom sequences, it is easy to tailor the sequence with task specific pictures. Simply tap on “add new” and follow the steps. Activities with up to 6 sequences can be added. Audio for the individual steps is added by tapping on the record button next to the title.
Adding in personal photos and sequences provides a video model for teaching task completion as well as sequence recall (Johnson, et al, 2013).
Modify database: allows the professional to toggle on/off specific activity sequences.


Simply tap on the sequence that is not wanted and it will darken. This activity will no longer display during play. To reactivate the sequence, simply tap the activity again and the picture will become active.


Go Sequencing has two ways to get started.
To begin a new session, simply tap on the GO button on the bottom right hand corner of the main page.


The Select Player page will populate. From here, the professional has a choice to “add a player” or import players using the free Therapy Report Center.


Add Player
The first way to add a student profile is simply add a player. Tap on the “add player” button in the upper left hand corner of the screen.
A pop-up window will display to build the student profile.

Tap to add either a student photo or a built in avatar image. Type in the student’s name or initials. Select the “done” checkmark to complete the profile. Once completed, the image and student name will show on the student profile page.
To edit the student profile, simply double tap on the profile icon.

Import Player from Therapy Report Center


Found at the bottom right-hand corner of the Select player screen, this button allows an individual to open the Therapy Report Center (a free Smarty Ears App designed to make data collection and caseload management easier). Simply follow the on-screen directions to import multiple players at a time.


Go Sequencing is designed to work with students of all ages regardless of reading ability. Multiple levels ensure the appropriate level for each player.

Level 1
Level 1 works on the ability to recognize the events that happen first or last.
The individual listens to a short sequence narrative and is asked to identify which event happened first or last.

Level 2
Level 2 provides simple 3-step sequences and includes both images and text.


Each level increases task complexity slightly – through additional sequences, no text to read, or no images to view.
Level 7
Level 7 includes 5-step sequences with both images and text.



Level 9
Level 9 has increased complexity by including text and audio and removing images.

13 Levels and up to 6-Step Sequences each level
increases in task complexity!
“There is a wide range of sequencing opportunities from functional and familiar activities such as crossing the street, brushing teeth and lunch time to more abstract sequencing concepts found in literacy activities, like the life cycle of a butterfly.”
Lindsay Oesch, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD
Go Sequencing makes things easy for the busy professional by tracking data and compiling it into a report card.
For the player, each screen has ten stars on the bottom of the page. The color of the star will change from GOLD to BROWN depending on the number of times the student must answer before selecting the correct sequence.
Data at a glance!



When the session is complete, a tap to the “home” button in the upper right-hand corner will complete the session.
The screen will automatically return to the home page. A Tap to the bottom left hand corner “report” button will take the professional to the reports area.
From here, simply tap on an individual player’s icon to display the student’s data center.
In this area, the professional can choose to create progress reports, generate certificates of accomplishment, or view the reward center.


The Progress Reports included in Go Sequencing are data rich!
– Graphs to view at a glance progress over time
– Chronological reports of tasks completed, session accuracy, and level information.
– First session date
– Overall Accuracy


At the top of each section of the report, a small icon will expand the selection into a full size screen.
From here, all the data can be synchronized with the Therapy Report Center with a tap to the “share” button in the upper right-hand corner.
For every correct answer in Go Sequencing a star is filled on the bottom of the page.


An answer that has taken more than one try results in a brown star, while a correct answer on the first try results in a gold star.


Each player also earns visual rewards that are viewed in the Reward Center.


Go Sequencing allows the professional to generate ready-to-print certificates of accomplishment for the student.

Go Sequencing and the Common Core
With the wealth of data available Go Sequencing is a great way to help students meet common core requirements in English Language Arts. As early as Kindergarten, students are expected to be able to narrate events in the order in which they occur. The First grade literacy standard w1.3 requires students to sequence events. This requirement continues throughout elementary grades. In grade 7, students are expected to complete narratives and engage the reader by organizing sequences that allows the narrative to unfold naturally and logically (CCSSI, 2014). Sequencing skills, such as those in Go Sequencing, are ideal for tracking narrative ability.
Go Sequencing and Response to Intervention
Sequencing requires the individual to identify components of a story (beginning, middle, and end) and retell a story in order. This ability is a critical key to story comprehension strategies. As such, Go Sequencing is an idea component for Response to Intervention (RTI) as well. The app, with teacher direction, allows for an intensive teaching of the material, and expansion of vocabulary, and application of the skills learned. The data collection that occurs for each player allows individual progress monitoring to occur. Exporting into and out of the Therapy Report Center ensures progress monitoring is maintained easily.
Go Sequencing has the following features:
– Multi-Level
– Single or Multi-player
– Customizable
– Audio instructions available
– High-quality and engaging images showing real-life situations
– Ability to use the app for screening or teaching
– Data Collection over time for each student
– Compatibility with Therapy Report Center for easy report writing and progress monitoring

Nikki Heyman,

“I really like the use of the modeled sequence as it provides the student with the sentence structure and vocabulary for the sequence. Once the student has completed the task, they can then retell the sequence using the correct syntax and vocabulary.”

Lindsay Oesch,

“This app is so adaptable that it will help kids of all ages sequence events.”

Common Core State Standards Initiative, 2014. Retrieved from http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/1/
Johnson, J., Blood, E., Freeman, A., and Simmons, K. (2013). Evaluating the effectiveness of teacher-implemented video prompting on an iPod touch to teach food-preparation skills to high school students with autism spectrum disorders. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. September 2013, 28, 3, 147-158.
Moss, B. (2005). Making a case and a place for effective content area literacy instruction in the elementary grades. Reading Teacher, 59, 46-55.
Spivey, B. (2008). The importance of teaching sequencing to young children. Super Duper Handy Handouts #167, Super Duper Publications Inc.