Sometimes tablets can be a convenient and motivating tool to use with children with speech sound difficulties.
Let’s face it, who has the time to invent a million different ways to keep picture cards interesting?
Well there is no need to re-invent the wheel with these top 5 speech sound apps that kids love and I regularly use in clinic…
Speech Sounds For Kids! (Australian Edition) by Multimedia Speech Pathology $19.99
I love this app because it has an Australian speaking voice and you can select multiple sounds for children to practice contrasting different sounds.
It also has in-built teaching tools to support your child to learn tricky sounds by hearing ‘sound stories’ and instructions on where to put their tongue and lips when making certain sounds.
Phonological Processes by Virtual Speech Center Inc. $26.99
For some children, contrasting an error word with the target word can work really well.. and this app does just that!
The minimal pair approach teaches children the function of sounds, emphasizing that changing sounds changes the meaning of a word.
Speech Therapy for Apraxia – 4 Pack (NACD: apraxia words, apraxia 2 syllables, apraxia endings, apraxia) by Blue Whale Apps Inc. $26.99
These apps are comprehensive and with the guidance of a speech pathologist, you can select appropriate words for your child to practice when they have a motor speech disorder such as apraxia.
Articulation Station by Little Bee Speech (Lite) FREE
This free app is a great way to practice sounds in different positions of words (at the beginning, middle and end).
The 6 games are engaging for children and keep practice time feeling new and exciting
These are some of our favourite literacy apps. Try one or all of them with your child. Do you have any apps that your child loves? If so, please share them with us.
Webber Photo Artic Castle Pro by Super Duper Publications $62.99 (free version also available)
This app allows you to choose what sounds or bend sounds you would like to work on and where you would like those sounds to fall in words (at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of words).
You can then select form 8 visually engaging games to practice the words in isolating or in phrases or sentences!
A free version of the app is also available!
Talk to your Speech Pathologist
to discover which app would be most appropriate for the type of errors in your child’s speech sounds.
Remember these apps do not replace the necessity of having speech therapy, they just take the pressure of you at home!