By: Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
The holidays are upon us we all know what that means…. GIFTS! If you have been a good boy or girl you may wake up to a shiny new iPad or other tablet under your tree on Christmas morning! In one of my old posts, I’ve shared some of my favorite apps for speech therapy. Today I will add to that list and I hope you might try some of these apps out with your children after Christmas day!
Developer: Software Smoothie
Description: iBaby buttons is a great app for young children to learn new vocabulary and cause and effect. With a touch of the screen a button appears on the screen. Another touch turns the button around and reveals the customizable picture with sound. One more touch makes the picture pop and disappear.
I love customizing this app to include a variety of people and animals and work on prompting my clients to say “hi” and “bye” as the buttons turn to reveal the people/animals.
Developer: Grasshopper Apps
Description: Phonics Studio comes with over 2,500 colorful pictures of phonics sounds grouped by letter. Choose a letter and which positions words that you want the sound to appear and then flip through the flashcards to see the picture and hear the word. It also comes with a recording feature to help your little one hear him/herself say the word.
This app is great for children learning how to read and for children working on articulation. In therapy, these bright pictures are a great motivator and my clients love recording their voices while practicing their sounds using this FREE app!
Developer: Grasshopper Apps
Price: FREE -$2.99
Description: Bitsboard is a customizable app that allows you to create decks of cards to study and play games with. Search the Bitsboard library for a picture or upload your own to suit your needs. Once your deck is created, choose from 13 different games to meet your child’s learning needs! One of my favorite parts of this app is that boards can be shared among users so you may not need to always start from scratch!
I use this app in so many ways in therapy! This app is great for creating a schedule or social story for children who need some structure. I create custom word lists for my clients to download at home and use for homework. I use it to create flashcards for my clients to work on receptively identifying pictures. Bitsboard is my number one free app that I recommend to all of my clients!
If you find yourself lucky enough to wake up to a new iPad or tablet on Christmas morning, I hope you will take the time to explore these apps and use them with your children!
If you are concerned about your child’s language development call Golden Speech Therapy and schedule a free screening!
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