While I am not one for excess screen time, there are definitely some good language applications out there!
Here are some of my favorite iPad applications I use in speech therapy sessions:
1. Music Colors:
Typically, I use this application for my early learners, or individuals with minimal speech output.
This app runs for $4.99 in the apple store. There is a grid of 12 colors and when you click on a color it opens up another grid of pictures that displays a variety of objects in that color. For example, you touch “yellow” it then would show pictures of lemon, bananas, flowers, etc. The best part? It plays music! I find this feature really helps keep children engaged and interested.
2. Video Touch
Again, I typically use this application for early learners, or individuals who are non-verbal.
There are many different versions of this application (bugs, transportations, birds, zoo animals, farm animals, etc.). However, I have only used the farm animal version since it is FREE. There are animated pictures of the animals and when you click on a specific one it plays a video of a live animal. I use this application in therapy for imitating animal noises and identifying/labeling animals.
3. My Play Home
Feel like you might pull your hair out if you have to play my little pet shop one more time? Or maybe your child does not enjoy/gravitate to toys at all! Well, this application is perfect for encouraging play skills. You can imitate/model common actions such as :sit, blow (bubbles), eat, drink, brushing teeth, getting dressed, etc. Plus, its FREE! #winning
4. Word Vault
This one is for my fellow speechies. But hey, if you parents want to snag this awesome app, then download away! I use the free version, but they do offer a Word Vault Pro for $49.99. Word Vault has four categories: language, phonology, social, and articulation. I tend to gravitate towards the articulation tab A LOT when I provide services in the schools. This app provides free word lists for multiple consonants. The word list allows you to change position of the target phoneme (initial, medial, final) and target consonants at word, phrase, sentence, and reading level!! It’s a definite score since articulation applications can be pretty pricey.
Not a freebie, but so worth it. There are a few different versions of this application. My personal favorite is the splingo that addresses pronouns (which runs for $2.99). Kids loves this game!! They get to pick a virtual “prize” after every 5 trials.
6. Tense Builder
This application is $9.99 and addresses past, present, and future tense verbs (regular and irregular). There are two ways to use this app (one targets receptively identifying appropriate verb tenses and the latter targets expressively labeling verb tenses).
With the first level, the application plays a short video clip and then the child is asked to identify from a field of three pictures the scene that demonstrates the appropriate verb tense. With the second level, a video clip is also played. However, only one picture is displayed and the child is prompted to choose (from a word bank) the appropriate verb tense.
7. Conversation Builder
Another great application by the Mobile Education Store! This is by far my favorite app to address social language. There is “Conversation Builder” and “Conversation Builder Teen”, depending on the age group you are looking for. It is $19.99, but definitely worth it. Each conversation topic is accompanied by a visual and you can choose the level of exchanges. This application is important for teaching appropriate conversation skills such as: making observations, asking questions, topic maintenance, and changing the topic appropriately.