Technology is becoming more and more popular as a go-to for speech therapy tools and activities. With smart phones and tablets becoming the norm rather than the exception in home, school, and work settings, it’s important for speech therapists to be familiar with the many apps available. This is far from a comprehensive list, but here are a few of my favorites:
- Kindergarten.com has several great, free apps for vocabulary words for iPhone and iPad. They have several different categories, including animals, emotions, actions, etc.
- Fun With Directions by Hamaguchi Apps is a great app for iPhone and iPad that teaches following directions. It’s a bit pricey at $9.99 for the full app, but they do have a Lite version.
- Phonics Genius by Alligator Apps is a great, free app for articulation. It was not created for SLP’s, so it’s not broken done into phonemes as we think of them, but it’s still a fantastic app that can be adapted for many articulation clients.
- Articulation Station by Little Bee Speech is a great articulation app for iPhone and iPad. The full program expensive, but the free app comes with /p/, so you can try out all of the features of the app before you decide to invest more money for other phonemes. The nice thing about this app is you can buy each phoneme separately, so you only have to spend money on the phonemes you are currently working on with clients. This app has several words, sentences, and stories in the initial, medial, and final positions. You can also track progress, record audio, and create custom word lists.
- Autism Apps by TouchAutism.com is a great app database for iPhone and iPad. This app helps you connect to lots of other apps specifically created for individuals with Autism. None of the apps are free, but most of them cost less than $5.
- Super Duper Data Traker by Super Duper is a great and inexpensive app to help you keep track of your client’s data and progress. Instead of a big binder, all of your data can now be carried on your iPhone or iPad. You can also easily print or email parents updates of their child’s progress.
- I love Interactive Story Books by TabTale! These free apps for iPhone and iPad are some of my favorite apps to use. They have lots of children’s stories, including several fairy tales. The wonderful thing about these apps is they are interactive, so each story is jam packed with Language Therapy potential. Plus, they are highly engaging for children of all ages.