Astound - Voice and Speech Coach

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Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media
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Punch up your public speaking with a virtual vocal coach.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Users read through text tutorials, watch video demonstrations, and complete various challenges that aim to improve breathing and vocal articulation when speaking by practicing body movements.

Ease of Play

Users swipe through the tutorials while reading content, as well as watch some interactive videos to engage in various voice training exercises. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Astound - Voice and Speech Coach is a free-to-try app that has users read through tutorials and complete specific breathing, body stretching, and vocal exercises that could improve their ability to speak more articulately and confidently with others. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

ASTOUND - VOICE AND SPEECH COACH provides users -- teens and adults -- an opportunity to learn about and practice specific exercises to speak more clearly. Users are prompted to read step-by-step through information and activities that include written content and narrated video demonstrations. The videos prompt participants to learn about their oral motor muscles, posture, and breathing as it relates to articulation, production, and clarity of their voice. An organized menu includes lots of additional exercises and activities to choose from to work through in sequence. After exercises, users can create voice recordings. These recordings remain in the program and can be used to help monitor progress in the sound quality of their voice. Daily reminders can be set to remember to practice activities consistently. The menu includes a 30-day challenge with exercises that are separated by various goals, such as boosting vocal power, one-minute voice boosters, and direct goals for articulation, pitch and tempo. Daily routines offer exercises and activities to complete during a coffee break, when getting out of bed, activities for early risers, and options for commuting. 

Is it any good?

If a teen is having trouble with presentations or just speaking in general, this app might help. Astound - Voice and Speech Coach provides simple but interesting activities that could help older students and adults improve their body awareness, breathing, and mouth movements which may ultimately improve the clarity of their speech for communication. Users must be able to read, since a lot of the content is only text-based. This app is targeted for those looking to communicate more clearly and articulately, so it's not necessarily for everyone. But for those willing to work at it, it's an easy way to experience what a vocal coach session might look like. There's enough free content provided to help decide if you want to upgrade. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Astound - Voice and Speech Coach could be an option to build a student's confidence in using their voice, by consistently practicing body movements, which may translate to improved communication with their peers and teachers.

  • Being able to communicate with others is important not just for giving speeches in public speaking class at school, but kids might find these exercises helpful in for job interviews and other community opportunities in the future.

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For kids who love giving presentations and public speaking

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