APPS TO USE IN SPEECH LANGUAGE THERAPY BY CATEGORY

 

ARTICULATION:

There are many apps specifically for  specific sound production or for multiple sounds. Most have pictures, games, audio and the capability for the student to record.  Some apps that I have found useful are: Articulation Carnival, Articulation Games, Articulation Photos, Articulation Station, Fricative App, and Speech Box. There are many more from some of the same companies that make the other apps listed in this resource.

AUDITORY SKILLS:

Auditory Memory High Interest Quick Stories:   www.superduper.com. Has four levels of 30 pictorial stories with auditory input (informational stories) with increasing difficulty for each level and six questions at the end with 4 printed/auditory choices. This app would be for Junior High and above level students.

Auditory Memory for Quick Stories:   www.superduper.com. Has four levels, with increasing difficulty, of 30 pictorial stories with auditory input. There are six questions to be answered via 4 printed/auditory choices. This can be expanded to a story retell activity with/without pictures (turn off the auditory input). 

Auditory Processing Studio:   www.viritualspeechcenter.com.  Has three sections with 16-17 stimuli in each section for a total of 2,450 stimuli in the app. Sections include auditory discrimination, phonological awareness, and auditory closure. Lowest level starts with auditory input asking the student if  two words presented are the same or different. Highest level in auditory closure asks the student to fill sound in the word when given a sentence, such as “The man started to eat too fast and began to ____oke.”

Auditory Workout:     www.viritualspeechcenter.com.  Has four areas of auditory skills with 12 to 18 levels within each set: basic directions, quantitative and spatial directions, temporal directions, and conditional directions. Has auditory input and the student chooses from a field of five pictures.

School of MultiStep Directions:  www.viritualspeechcenter.com .  Covers the areas of English, Math and (Chemistry which would not be used with elementary level students). Each area has 2, 3 and 4 step directions with pictures, letters, words, shapes and numbers. Uses the concepts of underline, cross out, mark, and erase in the directives. Excellent to assist in training how to follow directions within a classroom.

Sound Swaps:   Language Learning Apps, LLC. Four levels of which the first teaches word families with rhyming. The highest level requires the student to add or delete initial and final sounds. Great app for phonemic awareness and practice in decoding.

BOOKS:

Epic Books: www.getepic.com. Many categories and levels of books. Can do read aloud, read by myself, or audiobooks. Has both fiction and nonfiction books.

Grasshopper Books:     www.Grasshopperapps.com. Simple books with simple, colorful pictures. Can do read to me, read by myself, or auto play. Also has a variety of other language apps.

Happy Frog Books:  www.happyfrogapps.com. This app has several reading apps that help with comprehension. For example: Inferences, Inference Clues, Main Idea Sentences, Main Idea Short Texts, Fact and Opinion, Reading Fluency, WH Questions, WH Expert 2, Verb Expert, Reading Grades 3 and 4.

Learn to Read Books:  www.Learntoread.com.  Has five levels with multiple levels within each level. Has sight word flash cards and the pictorial narrated stories. Uses many high frequency words, which is especially helpful to the young reader.

Magic Ink Books:  www.magicinkbooks.com.   Has read myself or read it to me sections. Has animation and color in ink on pages of the books, which adds to the child’s motivation to read.

MeeGenius Books:   Common Sense Media. Over 400 fiction and non fiction books with great pictures and auditory narration. 

Play Tales!  Kids Books:    www.playtales.com. Fun, interactive books for kids 1-12 years of age. Has Read to Me, Read by Myself, or Autoplay modes.

Tab Tale Books:  www.tabtaleapps.com.     Great for some of the traditional books, such as “Jack and the Bean Stalk”  and “Town Mouse”.  Modes are: read to me, read it by myself, or auto play. The books also have several animations on each page, which is motivating to children who may not really like reading.

 

VOCABULARY:

Describe With Art:   www.virtualspeechcenter.com. Great pictures that depict categories of  people, animals, objects, places, food, clothes and transportation. A variety of questions which require the student to name it, tell what it is made of, where you find it, and color, size and shape follow each picture to help build vocabulary. There are 30 stimuli in each set. There is  a section on Following Directions comprised of 5 sets. 

Lexico:     www.lexico.com.  This app covers vocabulary building, understanding of concepts, and memory. Pictorial matching that looks at pairs, relationships, activity (verbs) descriptions, position (spatial) and opposites. Within subsections of each of the major areas are things such as, before/after, form, function, and features.

Multiple Meanings:   www.virtualspeechcenter.com.    This app is for students ages 5-15. There are 122 words using auditory bombardment, picture identification, defining, sentence closure and making a sentence to expand the meaning of vocabulary words.

Real Vocabulary:  www.virtualspeechcenter.com.  Has both receptive and expressive modalities  with levels from kindergarten through fifth grade (100 words each level). Covers the areas of antonyms, definitions, idioms, multiple meanings, and synonyms. Answer from a choice of four  (print and auditory).

TribalNova:  www.ilearnwith.com.   Language  has a section on vocabulary in which student identifies the picture (for a younger child). This site also has sentence formation and listening comprehension.

 

LANGUAGE  &  CONCEPTS:

Alligator Apps:  alligatorapps.com.  Little Solver: Preschool Logic has 12 levels, including classification, size, quantity, color change, front to back, sports and animals, associations, and related items. Set up so the student has to match the bottom row in the same way the upper row is related. Great for teaching categories.

Category Carousel:  www.listenlovelearn.com. Great pictures of basic categories of transportation, animals, clothing, food, occupations, household, summer, winter, instruments. Teaches vocabulary as well as categories. Interactive app that motivates kids.

Grasshopper apps:   www.grasshopperapps.com.  Comparative Adjectives. Student has to chose, from a field of three,  the correct picture to describe the adjective presented auditorily.

Grasshopper apps. www.grasshopperapps.com  Things That Go Together. Student has to match the pictures on the left to the picture on the right that would be in the same category (15 sets). This can be expanded to teach student how they go together by requiring student to tell why they go together and also adding another item that would go with it. 

Grasshopper apps:  www.grasshopperapps.com. Photo Touch Concepts. Student has to pick the correct picture from a choice of three. The stimuli are related to form and function.

Magical Concepts:   www.virtualspeechcenter.com.  Engaging interactive app covering 60 concepts in the areas of: spatial, temporal, quantity, quality, and social emotional. There are 2000 audio stimuli instructions for the student to pick the correct picture from a field of three.

Past Tense Verbs (Regular):  www.superduperinc.com.  This app has 26 verbs presented in sentence formation (closure activity) with pictures  and two printed words. Choices are present and past tense verbs.

Plurals (Expedition with Purals):  www.virtualspeechcenter.com.  Uses pictorial stimuli for 36 words for regular and  36 words for irregular plurals. Student chooses from a choice of two printed words. Stimuli are presented through auditory bombardment, picture identification, fill in, make up sentences and a memory game.

Preposition Journey:   www.virtualspeechcenter.com. Has receptive and expressive modalities concentrating on 40 prepositions. There are three pictures for the student to choose correctly from the auditory input given. Pictures are set in camping, island or city motifs.

Sentence Maker:  www.grasshopperapps.com. This is an interactive app that starts with 2 word phrases and goes up to 5 word sentences. There is a picture with words in blocks which must be moved to reflect the correct word order for the phrase/sentence.

Sentence Workout:   www.virtualspeechcenter.com. In this app, there are 37 types of sentences that the student can create, with the words in the correct order, using the pictorial stimuli as clues for the sentence. The words are presented in print and audio. Two activities are in this app: say it and build it. The student has the opportunity to record his/her own sentences and then play back.

Word Retrieval:  www.virtualspeechcenter.com.  This app is in flashcard or game format. There are four levels for each of the following, with 20 stimuli in each set: naming pictures, sentence completion, opposite meanings, associations, convergent naming, definitions, and divergent naming.

 

WRITING:

There are several ways to do written language on the iPad. My two favorites are:

Story Maker:    www.superduperinc.com.  This app has over 800 photos to chose from for places, people and items, or you can import your own photos, make drawings and add written text. Stories can be recorded, printed or emailed. It is interactive and the students are motivated to make their own books.

Book Creator:   bookcreator.com. This app is similar to Story Maker in that you can customize the pages, use photos, videos, and draw. Books and text from other apps can be imported. Books can be published on line, printed, videoed and the audio will read it back to the student.