Yashim et al. (2015)


(also known as Expert Opinion)


NOTE: To view the Summary section, scroll down about ½ way.




C = clinician

Mobile app = mobile application

NA = not applicable

P = patient or participant

pmh = Patricia Hargrove, blog developer

SLP = speech-language pathologist



Source: Yashim, N. M. K. M., Mustafa/Dain, W. B., Isa, R., & Manaf. N. R. (2015). Mobile application can be treated authistic (sic) children. Paper: DOI: 10.13140/RG2.1.3041.6085   or https://www.researchgate.net/publication/283205478_MOBILE_APPLICATION_CAN_TREATED_AUTHISTIC_CHILDREN


Reviewer(s):  pmh


Date: February 5, 2016


Overall Assigned Grade :  No Grade.  This is expert opinion; the authors did not claim to provide evidence.


Level of Evidence:  Expert Opinion, no supporting evidence for the effectiveness of the intervention although the author may provide secondary evidence supporting components of the intervention.


Take Away: The authors provide a brief description of SpeechPrompts™ which is a mobile app that can be used in speech therapy and in treating prosody.



  1. Was there a review of the literature supporting components of the intervention? Yes. Narrative Review and brief summaries of 3 mobile applications (mobile apps.)



  1. Were the specific procedures/components of the intervention tied to the reviewed literature? Not Applicable (NA)



  1. Was the intervention based on clinically sound clinical procedures? Yes



  1. Did the author(s) provide a rationale for components of the intervention? Yes. The review led the readers to a brief discussion of the the feasibility of mobile apps.


  1. Description of outcome measures:


  • Are outcome measures suggested? No. The discussion was general rather than specific in nature.



  1. Was generalization addressed? No



  1. Was maintenance addressed? No




NOTE:  The authors briefly summarized the nature and history of autism and several interventions. They then summarized but did not critique three mobile apps that have can be used with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD.) The authors’ summaries included prosody in only one of the 3 apps (iPrompts® PRO.) It will be described below.



PURPOSE: To improve prosody






ELEMENTS OF PROSODY USED AS INTERVENTION (list only if prosody is being used as a treatment technique with a nonprosodic outcome):




  • The authors summarized (but did not critique) 3 mobile apps that have potential for use with children with ASD:

– Look at Me

– iPrompts®Pro

– AAC Speech Buddy


  • In the summaries, the authors only noted that iPrompts®Pro included prosody as a focus. Therefore, only iPrompts®Pro will be summarized below.




  • This app contains 3 separate apps. Again, only one of the 3 apps is directly concerned with prosody


– iPrompts®Pro — potential for developing schedules, video modeling

– StoryMaker™ — for developing Social Stories™

– SpeechPrompts™ — for speech therapy, including prosody


Although the authors did not provide a no critique of SpeechPrompts™, their summary alerts clinicians to an app that is concerned with prosody intervention.




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