Archive for August, 2020

{The iPad & the SLP in 2020} Calming / Mindfulness / Self Regulation iOS Apps for Kids and Teens (curated list by Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP at OMazing Kids)

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Here’s the next section that’s finished in my new list of apps for SLPs list by goal areas. Like all of my app lists… this is a curated list of apps that I have personally used. I’m going ahead and sharing it now since 2020 has been especially uncertain and stressful.

– These apps are intended to be used as tools alongside other off-device strategies. Feel free to look through the archives here on my blog and the albums on my OMazing Kids Facebook page. I have shared lots of ideas over the years 😊.

– It is important to be mindful of individual needs, sensory issues and history of previous trauma when choosing any tool and to collaborate with other professionals on that child’s team.

– Availability and links were all checked at the time this post was written (6:45pm CST, 8/28/20).

– Availability may vary outside of the USA. You can check iOS requirements for each app in the descriptions in the App Store. Some older apps may not work on newer devices and newer apps may not work on older devices.

– This post includes a mix of free & paid apps.

– I worked with kids, teens and young adults ages birth to 21 years so I have a wide range of apps on this list. Please choose apps that will fit the age and needs of the patients / students you serve.

– If you have an Android device, the easiest way to see if one of these is available on that platform is to copy the name from this list and do a search on the Google Play app store.


Calming / Mindfulness / Self Regulation:

There will be a separate section on the big blog post for Social Skills & Emotions.


Want to suggest an iOS app to be added to this post? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page.

If it’s a free app, please send the link from the USA App Store so I can download and try it out. If it’s a paid app and you are the app developer, please send the link from the USA App Store so I can look at the info before you send a promo code. I want to make sure that one of my iPads or iPhone is compatible in order to try it out.


Please do not copy/paste this list onto other blogs or documents. I have it available here on my blog and plan on keeping my blog up for the foreseeable future.

Thanks,
Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC
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Apps & Websites to Create Materials with Symbols on an iPad & iPhone (plus Android options) – list compiled by Angela Moorad, MS, CCC- SLP at OMazing Kids

Apps & Websites to Create Materials with Symbols on an iPad & iPhone (plus Android options)

This post is dedicated to iOS apps and mobile-friendly websites that can be used to make printable communication boards, PECS symbols, pictures for visual schedules, visual supports, therapy materials, etc…  I’ve also included info about Android options but since I don’t own any Android devices I can’t comment on how well they work on that platform.

It’s 2020… we are all busier than ever and need to be able to make these printable items all from the convenience of our iPad or iPhone (not having to sit at a computer). Imagine creating things in the middle of a therapy session and then being able to email them to a parent or sending them wirelessly to a printer. It’s a common request that I see from busy SLPs especially during the pandemic so this post was inspired by you.

Looking for a web-based option that CAN be used on an iPad or iPhone? (or any device on any platform)

LessonPix has recently updated their website to be mobile-friendly and are frequently adding features SLPs are needing for teletherapy / distance learning (https://lessonpix.com/m/). It’s so cool to be able to create things from my iPad or iPhone! Since it is web based it can be used on any device regardless of the platform.

  • It’s very affordable at $3.00 per month (billed annually as $36/year with a fabulous refund policy: https://lessonpix.com/articles/11/29/LessonPix+Refund+Policy)
  • Huge library of over 50,000 symbols including PRC Unity symbols: https://lessonpix.com/clipart/386/PRC+Unity®+Symbols and LAMP Words for Life symbols: https://lessonpix.com/clipart/409/LAMP+Words+For+Life. You can also upload your own pictures (or even take pictures directly from your iPhone)
  • Hundreds of templates to make custom materials (https://lessonpix.com/articles/4/Articles/Custom+Materials). It’s especially handy to make materials to adapt commonly used games such as Cranium Cariboo, Guess Who?, Headbandz & Zingo.
  • Templates for overlays for several mid-tech AAC devices (https://lessonpix.com/articles/4/217/AAC+Template+Overlays)
  • Interfaced with Google Translate so it’s easy to translate materials into over 100 different languages.
  • Can be linked to your Coughdrop AAC account to use the symbols there (https://coughdrop.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115002600603-How-do-I-link-my-CoughDrop-and-LessonPix-accounts- & https://youtu.be/uNSaZ2GTf_I)
  • Vector images that can be scaled to any size without pixelating or becoming grainy.
  • Images are available in color, stencil or outline (black & white).
  • SLPs will especially LOVE the Sound Finder, Letter Finder, Pattern Finder (find words for specific syllable shapes – CVC, CV, VC, etc), Number of Syllables, Rhymes With and Minimal Pairs options
  • Symbol Builder (combine and recolor symbols – including a range of skin tones. Also now has masks: https://lessonpix.com/articles/3/315/Masks+On)
  • Character Folder with symbols of specific people of different ages, cultures, race, and disabilities (https://lessonpix.com/clipart/521/Characters)
  • Images can be exported.
  • Save your image tray as a collection to easily reuse later.
  • LessonPix add-ins for Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Don’t have a new enough version of MS Office or work in a setting where your IT department blocks add-ins? You can copy and paste items from LessonPix into these documents. The moveable game pieces, spinner and dice in PowerPoint looks really helpful for those doing distance learning / teletherapy. 
  • New Play Tools side bar. The “Play” tab on their PowerPoint add-in has been a huge hit, allowing SLPs and teachers to share custom Dice, Spinners, Draw a Card and more with their remote clients. Those of you not using PowerPoint need the same tools… so they just added a stand-alone version of the Play Tools that you can launch as a separate window. That means it will work with ANY platform you’re using. See this video for details:

  • Can be used in Google Slides and Jamboard.
  • Sharing Center with access to lots of items other folks have created and shared. Love how it’s organized.
  • LessonPix Users Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lessonpix.users

This is just a brief overview of what you get with LessonPix. I’m totally hooked after trying it for several days. I can definitely see why so many SLPs love LessonPix!

More info: https://lessonpix.com/learnMore.php.


Tutorials and tips: https://lessonpix.com/articles/3/Tutorials%20and%20Tips.

Tips for Using Google Applications with LessonPix in Teletherapy and Distance Learning: https://lessonpix.com/articles/3/302/Tips+for+Using+Google+Applications+with+LessonPix+in+Teletherapy+and+Distance+Learning

Articles – Custom Materials: https://lessonpix.com/articles/4/Custom+Materials. LessonPix

University Outreach Program (free access for students seeking a degree in speech pathology, education, or other programs that require visual supports): https://lessonpix.com/articles/1/168/LessonPix+University+Outreach+Program

A quick overview video (< 2 minutes): https://youtu.be/8scbKyZaTp4. Lots more to explore on their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/lessonpix. They also frequently offer FREE live webinars and have a pre-recorded training (https://lessonpix.com/articles/3/225/Live+Webinar+Training).

Plus they share lots of ideas via live Facebook videos: https://www.facebook.com/lessonpix/


So I hope you add LessonPix to your therapy toolbox. But you may need a few more tools. What about situations where you may not have internet access or need other types of symbols? Keep reading…. there are several iOS apps that are affordable (some are even free):

Here’s one that’s easy to use and very affordable:

Here’s one that’s also easy to use and has more robust features specifically for building communication board grids. It’s more expensive but well worth the price and a very affordable way to access PCS Symbols:

  • Tools2Talk+ Create your own communication aids and chat by Scope (Aust) Ltd, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tools2talk-create-your-own-communication-aids-and-chat/id1074982035, iPad only, iOS 8.0 or later, $47.99. Includes over 20,000 PCS symbols (PCS classic core symbols, PCS ThinLine (sets 1 & 2), PCS classic addenda, as well as PCS Australia and PCS New Zealand.) If you work with adults, look for the ThinLine symbols that have a more adult look to them. Also includes Compic symbols. Plus you can import photos from your Camera Roll or use the in app camera. Has several templates to choose from (ABC board, calendar, chores chart, communication book cover, communication book 1, communication book 2, daily timetable, first-then, personal communication dictionary cover, personal communication dictionary, personal history, phrase list, QWERTY, shopping list, weekly timetable, who’s here today). You can choose any grid combination using a row-column picker from 1-9, you can set a default font, font size and font color. You can print from within the app or send the board as a PDF attachment via e-mail. Unique in that you can also use these boards with text-to-speech voice output. This app is quite affordable compared to the price of Boardmaker software (Boardmaker v.6 for Windows: $399.00 + PCS Classic: 2000-2012 Addendum Bundle: $125.00 + PCS ThinLine Set 1 & 2: $260 = $784) or a Boardmaker Online subscription (Personal: $9.99 per month or $99.00 per year; Professional: $19.99 per month or $199.00 per year) and allows you to make things from the convenience of an iPad (this is a huge plus…. especially since Mayer Johnson has indicated that they are still not going to have iPad compatibility when they launch Boardmaker 7) and is much easier to use than the Snap Core First hack outlined below. See my review: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/06/19/app-review-tools2talk-an-affordable-way-to-access-pcs-symbols. More info: https://shop.scopeaust.org.au/shop/tools2talk-app/. Video overviews: https://youtu.be/YH6EBU96G6U & https://youtu.be/dzoUyxbtrBE (from the developer at TherapyBox). A longer video tutorial: https://youtu.be/cIDa5xUrdHQ. An archived webinar: https://www.callscotland.org.uk/professional-learning/webinars/WEB112/.

Thinking Outside of the Box: Two Creative Uses for Snap Core First:

Snap Core First by Tobii Dynavox LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/snap-core-first/id1072799231, iPad only, iOS 10.0 or later, FREE

Idea # 1: Use this free app as a tool to access PCS symbols to use in another app (especially helpful if you need the PCS High Contrast symbols).

Idea #2: Use this free app as a tool to make printed communication boards, personalized core boards, PECS cards, symbol label cards, cards for visual schedules, visual sequences, story props and other visuals.

Head over to this post for the step-by-step details: https://bit.ly/34xpHke

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Here’s an option to consider if you want lots of templates for overlays for several mid-tech AAC devices as well as grids, game boards, etc. and would use it enough to be worth the cost of a subscription:

  • Custom Boards Elite by Smarty Ears, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/custom-boards-elite/id489935586, iPad only, iOS 10.0 or later. The app is free and has a 7 day free trial. After that ends, it requires a subscription via IAP ($9.99 per month, $49.99 per six months (= $8.33 per month) or $59.99 per year (= $4.99 per month). That’s similar to the cost of a subscription to their online Smarty Symbols website which is designed to work on a computer (not an iPad). See my review: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/12/14/review-smarty-symbols-image-club/). The description in the App Store shows other IAPs so watch for those. The app includes over 20,000 Smarty Symbols plus you can import photos from your Camera Roll or use the in app camera. More info: https://www.smartyearsapps.com/custom-boards/. Video tutorial: https://youtu.be/fTDKw44rK3c Smarty Ears used to offer a fully paid version of the app that didn’t require a subscription (Custom Boards – Premium, https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/custom-boards-premium/id463344117?mt=8) but it is no longer available for purchase. I own that app so I was able to compare it to the subscription version. The subscription version contains the same templates but offers more symbols (often with various skin tones and hair styles). Tip for finding symbols quickly: Instead of leaving it at the default “All-All-All”, pick a “All-Initial- and then the first letter in the word you are searching for.

Just looking for a very basic free option? There are several free AAC apps that aren’t specifically designed to make printable boards or symbol cards but can easily be used to do so. All involve taking a screenshot of the page and then printing that so I’m only suggesting ones that won’t take tons of ink to print and don’t have extra things besides buttons or those where that can be easily cropped off. Be sure to crop your screenshot before printing to save on ink.

 

  • Choices2Go by University of Victoria, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/choices2go/id1182138316, iPad only, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE. You create boards by importing pics from an album on your Camera Roll. The number of pictures you select determines the picture size and number of pics on a grid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6). No way to add text to the buttons or to change the background color on the page (pale yellow). Take a screenshot, crop and print that.

  • GoTalk NOW LITE by Attainment Company, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/gotalk-now-lite/id953164338, iPad only, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE. You can create one communication book with up to five pages and can have 1, 2, 4, 9, 16, 25 or 36 buttons per page. This app is super easy to use. You can use images from their free library, do an internet search from within the app, take a photo from within the app and/or import pictures from your Camera Roll. You can change the border color on each button and change the font, font size and font color. This free lite version doesn’t have a way to export a PDF to print so I take a screenshot of a page, crop and print it. Works best if you set the page background and button background both to white to save ink when printing. I know there’s a GoTalk Start version that looks tempting since it’s priced at $19.99 but it doesn’t add the ability to export a PDF. I own the GoTalk NOW PLUS version of this app (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/gotalk-now-plus/id742150885) so I also have access to SymbolStix and PCS symbols and have used it frequently to make printable boards and symbol cards. 

  • MyTalkTools Mobile Lite by 2nd Half Enterprises LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mytalktools-mobile-lite/id376401959, iOS Universal, iOS 9.3 or later, FREE. The app includes 6 pre-made boards (Adult Male lite, Adult Female lite, Child Male lite, Child Female lite, Hospital Rehab & Basic Starter) that can all be edited plus a Blank Board (up to 20 buttons – build what you want from scratch). Add/delete rows and columns on a page to get grid size you want. Import your own pictures. Take a screenshot, crop and print that.

  • Alexicom AAC by Alexicom Tech LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/alexicom-aac/id395122088, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE. Has content included or you can build your own board from scratch. You can create new pages and set the number of rows, number of columns & pic width. FYI…. if you tap on the “info” area and scroll all the way to the bottom there is a list of “pic width” numbers that work best with various combinations of rows & columns. This app developer also has several apps specifically designed for adults in medical situations. Those are all currently free and could also be used to make boards to print (https://www.alexicomaac.com/elements-apps). Take a screenshot, crop and print that.

  • Choice Boards by Lukasz Wroczynski, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/choice-boards/id1059544273, iPad only, iOS 9.3 or later, FREE. Grid options are 6 or 12, only in Portrait orientation. No way to make larger pictures but you can choose to leave cells empty and that leaves blank space. Take a screenshot, crop and print that.

CoughDrop is an affordable web-based AAC open source option that can be used in a web browser online and works in apps across multiple platforms – iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle, Windows: https://www.mycoughdrop.com. They offer a free 2-month trial. After that it’s either a monthly subscription (currently $6.00 per month).

Info about pricing options: https://www.mycoughdrop.com/pricing. They often offer a 50% off discount on the Lifetime Subscription fee in April (Autism Acceptance month) & October (AAC Awareness month).

Coughdrop has Open Source symbols, has PCS symbols and SymbolStix available as a separate purchases and can be linked to a LessonPix account.

Like Snap Core First, the printing feature was designed as a means to print a no-tech copy of a user’s board. After some trial and error and test prints, I settled on a 6 column x 4 row grid as being really close to 1.5″ x 1.5″ symbols when printed. Be sure to test print a blank grid to make sure you like the size before adding symbols to save on ink.

iOS app: CoughDrop by CoughDrop, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/coughdrop/id1021384570, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE app. See info above about subscription pricing.

Android app: CoughDrop AAC, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mycoughdrop.coughdrop

Amazon Kindle app: CoughDrop AAC, https://www.amazon.com/CoughDrop-Inc-AAC/dp/B01BU8RUEY/

Windows: Be sure to download the right version for your operating system. https://www.mycoughdrop.com/download

Web Browser: CoughDrop is a web-first application, and should work with many modern web browsers.


There are a couple of other free apps specifically designed for creating and printing communication symbols but I don’t find them nearly as easy to use and how well they work depends on the version of iOS running on that device:

  • PictoMaker by Les Applications C, Inc, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pictomaker/id1477449329, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later (but the app crashes when trying to print if using anything older than iOS 11. Worked fine on my iPhone running iOS 13.5.1), FREE. There’s a +/- button on the app to make the pictures bigger or smaller and thus also changing the grid size.

  • ProxTalker® App – Lite by ProxTalker.com LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/proxtalker-app-lite/id593099176, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later (pictures are not showing up when trying to print if using anything older than iOS 11 but you can still take a screenshot and then print it), FREE. This free lite version includes a few of their symbols (most of those seem more appropriate for kids) but you can import photos from your Camera Roll.

Other apps that can be used to make printable overlays for specific mid-tech AAC devices:


Looking for options for Android?

Head over to this post and scroll down to the Android section for more info: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2020/07/13/free-and-affordable-symbol-based-aac-apps-for-ios-ipad-and-iphone-android-google-play-and-amazon-windows-web-browsers-plus-how-to-find-open-source-symbols-list-compiled-by-angela-moorad-ms/


See this post for tips on printing wirelessly. It’s super easy using AirPrint on an iPhone or iPad. Hoping it’s as easy on other platforms but I only have iOS devices so don’t know: https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/6060-how-to-print-smartphone-tablet.html


📷 Symbols & Photos: LessonPix and some of the apps listed above contain extensive symbol libraries. That’s part of why those apps are priced that way. If you plan on making lots of printable items, it’s a big time saver to have built in searchable symbol libraries. If you are using app that doesn’t include symbols or you need a different type of symbols, head over to this post and scroll down to the bottom for a list of Open Source Symbols: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2020/07/13/free-and-affordable-symbol-based-aac-apps-for-ios-ipad-and-iphone-android-google-play-and-amazon-windows-web-browsers-plus-how-to-find-open-source-symbols-list-compiled-by-angela-moorad-ms/.

If you want real photos, many of the apps offer the option to use an in-app camera. Or you can search and save images from the internet to the Camera Roll on your iPad. Tips: Look to see what shape of pictures work best in the app(s) you will be using. Most work best with square pictures so I crop them and then organize them in folders to be able to find them quickly later.


📥 Want to suggest iOS apps or mobile-friendly website to be added to this post? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page.

If it’s a free iOS app or website, please include the link in your message so I can try it out. If it’s a paid iOS app and you are the app developer, please send the link from the USA App Store so I can look at the info before you send a promo code. I want to make sure that one of my iPads or iPhone is compatible in order to try it out.


It took quite a bit of time to compile this list so please mention OMazing Kids when sharing it on social media and do not copy/paste it onto other blogs or documents or upload the post to servers. I have it available here on my blog and plan on keeping my blog up for the foreseeable future.

Thanks,

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Thinking Outside of the Box: Two Creative Uses for Snap Core First

Thinking Outside of the Box: Two Creative Uses for Snap Core First

Download the FREE Snap Core First app by Tobii Dynavox LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/snap-core-first/id1072799231, iPad only, iOS 10.0 or later.

This version of the app does NOT have voice output unless you either activate it via IAP or are an ASHA certified SLP who has set up a free MyTobiiDynavox account and gone through the steps to verify your status (https://www.mytobiidynavox.com/#/morestuff/professionals).

For these two creative uses you don’t need to worry about activating voice output. These should also work for those who own the paid version of this app but I don’t have that version so I can’t verify that.

Idea # 1: Use this free app as a tool to access PCS symbols to use in another app (especially helpful if you need the PCS High Contrast symbols).

  1. Set up a new User using the emergent communicator 1×1 grid size.
  2. On the Supported Navigation page, tap on one of the “Your Topic” buttons.
  3. Tap the pencil gear icon in the top right corner to go into Edit Mode.
  4. Tap on the button.
  5. Then tap on the “Button” tool at the bottom of the screen.
  6. Tap on “Style” to choose the Button Background Color (use black for High Contrast symbols), Button Border Color (use one to match the color of your button background), Button Label Color (the best color may vary based on that child’s visual needs…. I often use yellow or red when creating High Contrast buttons), the Font, Font Size and Button Layout (choose “Image Only” if you will be using the symbol in another app unless you want the image to have a label).
  7. Tap on “Content”
  8. Type in the name of the symbol you want in the “Label” area
    Then tap on the magnifying glass and swipe to see all of the image options. Tap on an image and “done” to select it.
  9. If you like how it looks, take a screenshot and crop the picture. I typically crop them into a square since many apps do better with that.
  10. I set up folders on my iPad Camera Roll to organize symbols so I can find them quickly later. 

Idea #2: Use this free app as a tool to make printed communication boards, personalized core boards, PECS cards, symbol label cards, cards for visual schedules, visual sequences, story props and other visuals.

I recently discovered that you can create your own custom grid size to print. Keep in mind the printing feature in this app was designed to be an easy way to print a no-tech version of that user’s vocabulary to use as a backup so there will be some work involved to set it up to print other things. But since it’s free it may be worth it to some folks who specifically want PCS / Boardmaker symbols. If that’s you…. continue reading the steps outlined below. It took a lot of trial and error to figure out the easiest way to do that so I’m sharing a few tips:

  1. Set up a new user using one of the emergent communicator grid sizes (1×1, 1×2, 2×2, 2×3) since these all have the navigation buttons, message bar and toolbar hidden. The home page in these smaller grid sets is “Supported Navigation”.
  2. Tap on one of the “Your Topic” buttons.
  3. Tap on Page – Grid Size – toggle off Match Page Set. Then tap Grid Size – Custom Grid Size. After trying several combinations, I ended up with a setting of Rows: 5 & Columns: 7 to get a grid that when printed has 1.5” x 1.5” symbol cards (a size I commonly used when printing PECS symbols). If you are creating a visual support for steps in a sequence, think about how many steps you want depicted and then choose the number of columns to match that (or rows to match that if you are doing a top to bottom vertical visual schedule). If you are creating big symbol labels, then choose a size with bigger buttons. As you try various combinations to see what will best suit your needs, I highly suggest just having one button with a light grey border (no symbol) to test print before moving on to the rest of the steps.
  4. Next go to “Page Set” to set several global settings so you won’t have to set them for each button (font, font size, label top/image bottom, “very small” grid margins, “clear” page background color)
  5. Tap on “Page” again. Delete the “Topic Words” and “Supports” buttons and then swipe down and delete all of the buttons you don’t plan on filling with symbols. Be sure to swipe down to the second and third pages and delete those as well since the default seems to be three pages and they will all print unless you either delete the buttons (there isn’t an option to set what pages you want printed when it pulls up your AirPrint printer)
  6. Tap on “Button”. If you want a full grid of buttons, use the “Select All” tool to select all buttons and then adjust the color of the button background, button border and button text. I used “Clear” for the Button background and “Ash” gray Button border to avoid wasting ink. Choose “Black” for the background if you are creating High Contrast symbols. There is also a “Multiselect” tool that’s helpful when wanting to easily adjust these settings for multiple buttons (but not wanting a full grid).
  7. To print, turn on your AirPrint capable printer.
  8. While in edit mode, tap the “Page” button – Print Pages – Print – Next – toggle off all of those items – Print – Select Printer – tap the name of your printer – you’ll see a preview of what will print (this is how I figured out the extra buttons on pages 2 & 3 that I needed to delete) and you’ll have the option to toggle on Black and White or leave it on default of Color and how many copies you want – then tap Print. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a way to toggle off the black header strip so that will waste some ink.

Note: These ideas are only being shared as creative ways to use an app that you have to create items to help YOUR patients/students. You should NOT use symbols from any apps or websites in items that you plan to sell or share on sites like Teachers Pay Teachers, Boom Cards, SeeSaw, etc… You should purchase clip art or a subscription to a website offering a Commercial License for those purposes.


Have other creative ways that you use this app or other apps? I’d love to hear from you. The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page.

 

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{The iPad & the SLP in 2020}: Articulation Apps for SLPs (listed by category) – by Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP at OMazing Kids

{The iPad & the SLP in 2020}: Articulation Apps for SLPs (listed by category)

I’m working on a big updated blog post “{The iPad & the SLP in 2020} App List for SLPs ~ sorted by goal area” that will be a new version of my original post from late December 2016 (https://bit.ly/3iHLB8r). Lots of great apps have disappeared from the App Store since I wrote that. One of the most prominent examples is the beloved Speech with Milo apps that are all missing from the App Store (not even available for redownload from your “Purchased” area. See this blog post with details: https://bit.ly/34aOLO4). Milo has a HUGE fan base… beloved by SLPs and kids everywhere. See these posts: https://bit.ly/3gbxmaa & https://bit.ly/2YfpQoO.

Rather than updating that post I’m writing a new one. The previous post will be left up as a “time capsule” of apps that existed in an era I think of as the “golden age of apps” plus it helps me know what to search for in my “purchased” area on the App Store (apps are sometimes still available there even when there are no longer available for purchase but it can be tricky to find them if you are an app hoarder).

Since articulation apps are some of the ones that I receive questions about frequently, I decided to go ahead and share this updated section that I just finished. This is a curated post of apps that I have personally used. Think of it as a bigger “sneak peek” at what’s coming.

  • Availability and features were all checked at the time this was created (8/17/20 at 12:00pm CST). Availability and pricing may vary outside of the USA. App features change over time as updates are released.
  • Check iOS requirements for each app in the descriptions in the App Store. Some older apps may not work on newer devices and newer apps may not work on older devices.
  • I have included links in a separate section at the end of this post if an app is also available for Android devices on the Google Play store or on Amazon for Kindle Fire.
  • Apps in each category are listed in alphabetical order unless otherwise specified.

Articulation:

It’s great to have several different types of apps to use based on that child’s specific goals and the type of therapy approach:

📋 All-purpose artic apps: One of the most frequent questions I see is “What is the best articulation app?”. My answer is… It depends on what features you need the most. There are features that I love in each of these apps. I’m blessed to have all of them in my therapy toolbox. I wish I could take the best features out of each of them and combine them into one app….. but since that’s not possible here are a few thoughts in this blog post with a comprehensive comparison of features in the top 5: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2020/08/13/comparison-of-the-top-5-all-purpose-articulation-apps-for-slps-in-2020-includes-current-app-sale-info-by-angela-moorad-ms-ccc-slp-at-omazing-kids/.

Ranked based on my extensive experience using them + data collected on which ones are recommended most frequently by SLPs in a variety of groups on social media:

#1. Articulation Station Pro by Little Bee Speech, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-station-pro/id491998279

#2. Articulate it! Pro by Smarty Ears, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulate-it-pro/id391296844

#3. ArtikPix – Full by Expressive Solutions LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/artikpix-full/id356720379

#4. Speech Tutor Pro by Synapse Apps, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-tutor-pro/id1323272450

#5. Webber Photo Artic Castle Pro by Super Duper Publications, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/webber-photo-artic-castle-pro/id553925592

#6. Word Vault Pro by HomeSpeechHome PLLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/word-vault-pro/id672989436 (this app also has great content for language and social skills). The Pro version includes pictures. They have a free lite version that doesn’t have pics: Word Vault Essential, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/word-vault-essential/id947222381. Plus check out all the helpful word lists on their website: https://www.home-speech-home.com/speech-therapy-word-lists.html and lists of books to target specific goals: https://www.home-speech-home.com/speech-therapy-books.html

#7. Articulation with The Speech Wizard by The Speech Wizard, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-with-the-speech-wizard/id879807940 (last update was in December 2014 so not sure if it will work on newer iOS versions). I primarily used it for the Sound Hunt (has two levels) and Find the Sound activities. (free lite version to try: Articulation LITE with The Speech Wizard by The Speech Wizard, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-lite-with-the-speech-wizard/id1053789265)

#8. Articulation Essentials by Nabeel Ahmed Khan, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-essentials/id1178548012.  (See more info in the “Free and Affordable” interactive infographic below)

⬇️ Free and Affordable Articulation Apps – Interactive Infographic: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2020/08/06/free-and-affordable-articulation-apps-interactive-infographic-created-by-angela-moorad-ms-ccc-slp-at-omazing-kids/ (also see “specific phonemes” section below if you are looking for apps for a particular sound)

🎯 Apraxia:

– Apraxia Farm by Smarty Ears, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/apraxia-farm/id611587011 (has animated modeling)

– Apraxia RainbowBee by Virtual Speech Center Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/apraxia-rainbowbee/id716848006 (has video modeling, see full review: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/06/04/four-faves-4-apps-from-virtual-speech-center-apraxia-rainbowbee-articulation-games-social-norms-social-skills-with-billy/)

– Apraximations – Mouth Cues by Alissa Holloway, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/apraximations-mouth-cues/id1310186235

– Boo Articulation Helper by Bildligt talat AB, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/boo-articulation-helper/id1216642311 (kids LOVE the animated Boo character modeling sound production)

– Kids Sound Lab Pro by Raddlist, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kids-sound-lab-pro/id681462426

– LinguiSystems Apraxia Cards by Linguisystems, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ls-apraxia-cards/id551329568

– SmallTalk Oral Motor Exercises by Lingraphica, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/smalltalk-oral-motor-exercises/id337145605

– Speech Sounds For Kids – US Edition by Mulitmedia Speech Pathology, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-sounds-for-kids-us-edition/id822520903. Nice systematic introduction to each sound using a multi-sensory approach. Lots of info on their website: https://mmsp.com.au/product/speech-sounds-for-kids/ plus an in-depth manual: https://mmsp.com.au/mmsp/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Speech-Sounds-For-Kids-App-Manual.pdf

– SpeechStickers by Seriously Sticky LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speechstickers/id436101181

– Speech Therapy for Apraxia – 4 Pack by Blue Whale Apps Inc, https://apps.apple.com/us/app-bundle/speech-therapy-for-apraxia-4-pack/id1101255478 (includes: Speech Therapy for Apraxia-1 by Blue Whale Apps Inc, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-therapy-for-apraxia-1/id512647583, Speech Therapy for Apraxia-2 by Blue Whale Apps Inc, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-therapy-for-apraxia-2/id586636734, Speech Therapy for Apraxia-3 by Blue Whale Apps Inc
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-therapy-for-apraxia-3/id733978007 & Speech Therapy for Apraxia-4 by Blue Whale Apps Inc, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-therapy-for-apraxia-4/id748898933)

– VAST: Autism and Apraxia – CAS by iTherapy, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/vast-autism-and-apraxia-cas/id426041133

– Webber BIG Apraxia by Super Duper Publications, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/webber-big-apraxia/id940208855 (be watching for a full review on this app soon)

– Word FLiPS by Super Duper Publications, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/word-flips/id731967787

🔬 Assessment: I found it very helpful to have artic assessment apps as a means of informally assessing areas of need for ongoing goal development. (ranked based on my extensive use):

#1: Articulation Test Center Pro by Little Bee Speech, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-test-center-pro/id700440156 (free lite version: Articulation Test Center by Little Bee Speech, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-test-center/id904854670)

#2: Articulation Assessment ToolKit by Smarty Ears, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-assessment-toolkt/id371280343 (formerly called Sunny Articulation Phonology Test Kit) *** Update 8/21/20: The Articulation Assessment ToolKit app (originally known as Sunny Articulation Phonology Test Kit) is no longer available for purchase in the App Store. For those who already own it, you can find it in your “Purchased” area. The app will continue to work on your iPad but no future updates are anticipated since the company has released a new version. They replaced it with the Articulation Assessment ToolKit Plus app that allows you to complete 3 tests for free and afterwards has IAPs (purchase 5 tests for $5.99, Monthly Unlimited Testing subscription for $5.99 per month, Yearly Unlimited Testing subscription for $37.99 per year). AAT Plus by Smarty Ears, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/aat-plus/id1527491925, iPad only, iOS 11.0 or later. I compared this new app side-by-side with the older fully paid version and only noticed one difference (the background color on a screener is now blue instead of yellow…. which I found to be an improvement with the blue being easier on my eyes). I suggest trying out the R Screener as one of your free tests since I used it quite a bit when working on /r/ and found it helpful.

#3: S.W.I.P.E by Ciaran Dowds, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/s-w-i-p-e/id1043259503 (The Single Word Instant Phonological Evaluation is designed for SLTs in the UK so there are differences in wording and pronunciation compared to what we use in the USA, free lite version: S.W.I.P.E Lite by Ciaran Dowds, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/s-w-i-p-e-lite/id1146271711)

In-depth review comparing the Articulation Test Center, Sunny Articulation Phonology Test Kit & Test of Articulation and Phonology (iTap) apps: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/05/07/articulation-testing-apps-reviews-and-comparison-of-articulation-test-center-sunny-articulation-phonology-test-kit-test-of-articulation-and-phonology-itap/. Features have been added in each app since my review but my ranking remains the same. However you need to be aware that the iTAP Pro app by Smarty Ears (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/itap-pro/id1083295608, formerly called Test of Articulation and Phonology (iTap) recently switched to a subscription based app. I see some potential problems in using iTap Pro as a “standardized” test. The test was only normed on 199 children ages 3;0 to 10;11 in central Texas. This may not be an issue if you are dealing with private pay clients but will likely pose a problem with other payers such as Medicaid or private insurance.

🗣 Auditory bombardment:

– Articulation Scenes by Smarty Ears, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-scenes/id498857302 – hidden pictures section

– Articulation Station Pro by Little Bee Speech, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-station-pro/id491998279 – Level 2 Stories are great for auditory bombardment

– Kids Sound Lab Pro by Raddlist, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kids-sound-lab-pro/id681462426

– Little Stories Pro by Little Bee Speech, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/little-stories-pro/id1228283813 (also a free lite version: Little Stories Lite by Little Bee Speech, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/little-stories-lite/id1327557030). I was super excited when they updated this app to be compatible back to iOS 9.0 (http://www.littlebeespeech.com/blog/little-stories-app-available-for-ios-9-up/). That allows those of us using iPads running older iOS to use this fabulous app. See this post for lots of great tips and handouts related to this app: http://www.littlebeespeech.com/blog/slp-summit-follow-up-january-2018. Cool to be able to use an app for multiple purposes (early literacy, language and articulation).

– Minimal Pairs Academy by Smarty Ears, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/minimal-pairs-academy/id483691470

– Phono Learning Center by Smarty Ears, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/phono-learning-center/id652825600

– Speech Sounds For Kids – US Edition by Mulitmedia Speech Pathology, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-sounds-for-kids-us-edition/id822520903

– Speedy Speech – L Lite by SpeedySpeechTherapy, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speedy-speech-l-lite/id1031178440, includes initial and final positions (they used to offer a “Pro” version but it’s not currently available in the App Store)

– Speedy Speech – R Lite by SpeedySpeechTherapy, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speedy-speech-r-lite/id1031205041, includes initial and final positions. SpeedySpeech – R Pro by SpeedySpeechTherapy, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speedyspeech-r-pro/id1031451520 – includes initial, medial, final positions and blends.

– Speedy Speech – S Lite by SpeedySpeechTherapy, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speedy-speech-s-lite/id1031450820, includes initial and final positions. SpeedySpeech – S Pro by SpeedySpeechTherapy, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speedyspeech-s-pro/id1031451531 – includes initial, medial, final positions and blends.

– Word Vault Essential by HomeSpeechHome PLLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/word-vault-essential/id947222381

❓ Auditory Discrimination between speech sounds:

– Articulation Essentials by Nabeel Ahmed Khan, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-essentials/id1178548012 (free lite version to try: Articulation Essentials Lite by Nabeel Ahmed Khan, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-essentials-lite/id1180068605)

– Articulation with The Speech Wizard by The Speech Wizard, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-with-the-speech-wizard/id879807940 (free lite version to try: Articulation LITE with The Speech Wizard by The Speech Wizard, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-lite-with-the-speech-wizard/id1053789265)

– Kids Sound Lab Pro by Raddlist, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kids-sound-lab-pro/id681462426

– Speech Sounds For Kids – US Edition by Mulitmedia Speech Pathology, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-sounds-for-kids-us-edition/id822520903

💥 Boom Cards: Read this post to get started: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2020/07/31/1-2-3-easy-steps-to-getting-started-with-boom-cards/ then start searching on their store (https://wow.boomlearning.com/search?collection=Decks&keyword=articulation&sort=price&order=1) and on Teachers Pay Teachers (https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/PreK-12-Subject-Area/Speech-Therapy/Search:Boom%20Cards%20articulation/Order:Price-Asc) to find Boom Card decks for the sounds you want to target. I suggest trying a free item by that creator first to see an example of the quality before buying paid products. I search on both sites but prefer TPT since many creators have updated printable items there to add Boom Cards to it so then you end up getting printables + Boom Cards for the same price. I also find it easier to filter and find what I want more quickly on TPT. But it’s worth checking directly in the Boom Learning store too since many folks only offer items there.

🎮 Game themed artic apps (nice motivators… all of the apps by Erik X. Raj are especially motivating for older kids and teens who are working on those specific sounds, have been in therapy a long time and may be burned out on your typical stuff. He is super goofy & engaging.):

– Articulation Games by Virtual Speech Center Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-games/id561096403

– Articulation Hunt by HomeSpeechHome PLLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-hunt/id1267337824

– Bitsboard Flashcards PRO by Happy Moose Apps, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bitsboard-flashcards-pro/id646240375 (lots to search through and download in their huge library)

– Bubble Monster Articulation by Friendly Monster Speech Games LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bubble-monster-articulation/id1489073056 (they also have a free lite version Bubble Monster LITE by Friendly Monster Speech Games LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bubble-monster-lite/id1523245601, only includes /b/)

– Charades Articulation by Erik X. Raj, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/charades-articulation/id853990328

– Dance Party Articulation by Erik X. Raj, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dance-party-articulation/id1097737017

– Drillaby Pro Speech Therapy by SLP TechTools, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/drillaby-pro-speech-therapy/id623571091 (companion app: Drillaby Remote by SLP TechTools, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/drillaby-remote/id723157213)

– Game Show Articulation by Erik X. Raj, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/game-show-articulation/id964686726

– Missing Letter Articulation by Erik X. Raj, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/missing-letter-articulation/id961075823

– Photo Dice by MachWerx, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/photo-dice/id481911178 (Fun to make your own artic dice. See this post for details: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2017/02/08/make-articulation-dice-slp-hack-for-the-photo-dice-app/)

– Secret Mission Articulation by Erik X. Raj, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/secret-mission-articulation/id822330124

– Sticker Picture Articulation by Erik X. Raj, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sticker-picture-articulation/id1330416177

– Talkie Articulation by SLPlay, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/talkie-articulation/id916050006 (/m/ is included in this free lite app and I really like the settings options and the games… be aware of IAPs, they have a full pro version that includes all of the sounds. I reached out to the app developer twice about trying it but they didn’t reply. So I can’t comment on whether or not the full app is worth the price)

– Wacky Selfie Articulation by Erik X. Raj, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/wacky-selfie-articulation/id1167897299

– Webber Photo Artic Castle Pro by Super Duper Publications
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/webber-photo-artic-castle-pro/id553925592 (they have a free lite version: Webber Photo Artic Castle Free by Super Duper Publications, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/webber-photo-artic-castle-free/id555982949 – includes the /b/ sound… be aware of IAPs)

– What’s the Pic Articulation by HomeSpeechHome PLLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/whats-the-pic-articulation/id1147894984

– Word Search Articulation by Erik X. Raj, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/word-search-articulation/id889723264

⚖️ Minimal contrasts:

– Minimal Pairs Academy by Smarty Ears, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/minimal-pairs-academy/id483691470

– Minimal Pairs for Speech Therapy by Innovative Investments Limited, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/minimal-pairs-for-speech-therapy/id1207483809

– Minimal Pair Pack by Therapy Box Limited, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/minimal-pair-pack/id462786681

– Puppy Minimal Pairs by Christopher Pfeiffer, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/puppy-minimal-pairs/id942323106 (free lite app includes Initial Consonant Deletion…. be aware of IAPs)

– SCIP by EBS Learning, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/scip/id1006804111 (a very unique and helpful app when treating kids with unusual articulation errors, includes several treatment approaches: minimal pairs, multiple oppositions, maximal oppositions, treatment of the empty set & vowel contrasts)

– Speech Tutor Pro by Synapse Apps, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-tutor-pro/id1323272450

– Word Vault Essential by HomeSpeechHome PLLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/word-vault-essential/id947222381

🔗 Multisyllabic words:

– Articulate it! Pro by Smarty Ears, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulate-it-pro/id391296844

– BRIDGE Communication Lite by Bioprism, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bridge-communication-lite/id983660714 (Although it’s primarily an AAC app it has an Articulation section that can be toggled on and I really like how the targets are organized. Easy to target words with 2 syllables or 3 syllables within each phoneme section. You can’t set up users or score/collect data but this app is great when you want to do rapid drills. See this video for a quick peek at how it’s organized: https://bit.ly/2EX636L)

– Multi-Syllabic Word Party by HomeSpeechHome PLLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/multi-syllabic-word-party/id1029886073

– Multisyllabic Words by Innovative Investments Limited, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/multisyllabic-words/id1199536122

– Spark Speech – Multisyllabic by Jesse Emling, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/spark-speech-multisyllabic/id1447669754

– Speech Therapy for Apraxia-3 by Blue Whale Apps Inc, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-therapy-for-apraxia-3/id733978007 (2 syllable)

– Word Vault Pro by HomeSpeechHome PLLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/word-vault-pro/id672989436 (if you just want lists without pics, take a look at the free version: Word Vault Essential by HomeSpeechHome PLLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/word-vault-essential/id947222381)

🙋🏽‍♂️🙋🏼 Older kids & teens (words only, no pics):

– I Dare You Articulation by Erik X. Raj, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/i-dare-you-articulation/id641553453

– Multiple Choice Articulation by Erik X. Raj, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/multiple-choice-articulation/id580129419

– Open-Ended Articulation by Erik X. Raj, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/open-ended-articulation/id704631125

– Silly Sentence Articulation by Erik X. Raj, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/silly-sentence-articulation/id934544877 (see more of his apps in the “game” section above)

– Speech FlipBook Standard by Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-flipbook-standard/id582842245

– Word Vault Essential by HomeSpeechHome PLLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/word-vault-essential/id947222381)

🕵🏼 Phonological Processes (also see the All-Purpose Articulation Apps & the Minimal Contrasts sections above):

– Phono Learning Center by Smarty Ears, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/phono-learning-center/id652825600 (based on Cycles approach)

– SCIP by EBS Learning, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/scip/id1006804111 (a very unique and helpful app when treating kids with unusual articulation errors, includes several treatment approaches: minimal pairs, multiple oppositions, maximal oppositions, treatment of the empty set & vowel contrasts)

📕 Sound loaded sentences:

– Artic Stories by Zachary Burgess, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/artic-stories/id1480308865

– Word Vault Essential by HomeSpeechHome PLLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/word-vault-essential/id947222381 (and Word Vault Pro, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/word-vault-pro/id672989436)

📗 Sound loaded paragraphs:

– See Articulation Station Pro & Articulate It! Pro in the all-purpose artic apps section above. Each of those refers to them as “stories” but they are shorter than the ones in the apps listed below.

📘 Sound loaded stories:

– Little Stories Pro by Little Bee Speech, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/little-stories-pro/id1228283813 (also a free lite version: Little Stories Lite by Little Bee Speech, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/little-stories-lite/id1327557030). I was super excited when they updated this app to be compatible back to iOS 9.0 (http://www.littlebeespeech.com/blog/little-stories-app-available-for-ios-9-up/). That allows those of us using iPads running older iOS to use this fabulous app. See this post for lots of great tips and handouts related to this app: http://www.littlebeespeech.com/blog/slp-summit-follow-up-january-2018.

– Word Vault Essential by HomeSpeechHome PLLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/word-vault-essential/id947222381 (and Word Vault Pro, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/word-vault-pro/id672989436)

✅ Specific phonemes: (the all-purpose artic apps include all of the phonemes… this section will help you find free and affordable apps if you just need one for a particular sound)

/b/:

– Articulation Games Lite by Virtual Speech Center Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-games-lite/id630112014 (/b/ is included in this free lite app… be aware of IAPs)

– ArtikPix by Expressive Solutions LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/artikpix/id383022107 (/b/ is included in this free lite app… be aware of IAPs. Other sounds available via IAP for $2.99 each except for /r/ which is $5.99 (an affordable option for parents who may just need the sounds their child is working on). SLPs should look at the full version. It’s my #3 all purpose artic app and well worth the price.

– One-Minute Articulation App by The Speech Solution, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/one-minute-articulation-app/id1440062172 (/b/ is included in this free app… but be aware of IAPs for a subscription)

– Speech Therapy Articulation by pmq-software.com, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-therapy-articulation/id1450754069 (/b/ is included in this free lite app… be aware of IAPs. Has several nice features and other free sounds included. Designed in the U.K. so there are differences in wording and pronunciation compared to what we use in the USA)

– Webber Photo Artic Castle Free by Super Duper Publications, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/webber-photo-artic-castle-free/id555982949 (this free lite app includes the /b/ sound… be aware of IAPs. Other sounds available via IAP – prices vary from $.99 to $5.99 per sound (an affordable option for parents who may just need the sounds their child is working on). SLPs should look at the Pro version. It’s my #5 all purpose artic app and is currently on sale through the end of September 2020 for the bargain price of $19.99)

/d/:

– Kids Sound Lab – D sound of the woodpecker by Raddlist, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kids-sound-lab-d-sound-of-the-woodpecker/id670634744 (/d/ is included in this .99 lite app… be aware of IAPs. The full app is currently only $3.99 so it’s much less expensive to just buy the full app vs. any of the IAPs)

– Speech Sounds For Kids Lite – US Edition by Mulitmedia Speech Pathology, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-sounds-for-kids-lite-us-edition/id822529884 (/d/ is included in this free lite app… be aware of IAPs)

/f/:

– Articulation Essentials Lite by Nabeel Ahmed Khan, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-essentials-lite/id1180068605 (/f/ is included in this free lite app… be aware of IAPs)

/g/:

– Speech Sounds For Kids Lite – US Edition by Mulitmedia Speech Pathology, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-sounds-for-kids-lite-us-edition/id822529884 (/g/ is included in this free lite app… be aware of IAPs)

/h/:

– Articulation LITE with The Speech Wizard by The Speech Wizard, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-lite-with-the-speech-wizard/id1053789265 (/h/ is included in this free lite app. No IAPs… you can purchase the full app if you want more sounds: Articulation with The Speech Wizard by The Speech Wizard, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-with-the-speech-wizard/id879807940)

/k/:

– I Can Articulate by Express SLP, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/i-can-articulate/id507035299 (/k/ is included in this free lite app… be aware of IAPs. Includes sound loaded stories)

/l/:

– Artic Photos ‘L’ Fun Deck® Plus by Super Duper Publications, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/artic-photos-l-fun-deck-plus/id879581051

– Lexico Articulation by Pappy GmbH, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/lexico-articulation/id1008585580 (/l/ is included in this free lite app… be aware of IAPs)

– Speedy Speech – L Lite by SpeedySpeechTherapy, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speedy-speech-l-lite/id1031178440 (they used to offer a “Pro” version but it’s not currently available in the App Store)

/m/:

– One-Minute Articulation App by The Speech Solution, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/one-minute-articulation-app/id1440062172 (/m/ is included in this free app… but be aware of IAPs for a subscription)

– Speech Therapy Articulation by pmq-software.com, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-therapy-articulation/id1450754069 (/m/ is included in this free lite app… be aware of IAPs. Has several nice features and other free sounds included. Designed in the U.K. so there are differences in wording and pronunciation compared to what we use in the USA)

– Talkie Articulation by SLPlay, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/talkie-articulation/id916050006 (/m/ is included in this free lite app and I really like the settings options and the games… be aware of IAPs, they have a full pro version that includes all of the sounds. I reached out to the app developer twice about trying it but they didn’t reply. So I can’t comment on whether or not the full app is worth the price)

/p/:

– Articulation Carnival by Virtual Speech Center Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-carnival/id758443904 (this free lite version includes the /p/ sound… be aware of IAPs)

– Articulation Essentials Lite by Nabeel Ahmed Khan, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-essentials-lite/id1180068605 (/p/ is included in this free lite app… be aware of IAPs)

– Articulation Station by Little Bee Speech, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-station/id467415882 (this free lite version includes /p/. Other sounds available via IAP – prices vary based on the sound… range from $1.99 to $7.99 per sound (an affordable option for parents who may just need the sounds their child is working on). SLPs should look at the full Pro version. It’s my #1 all purpose artic app and well worth the price. I always announce when they have a sale. They are currently having a 40% off sale that ends August 26, 2020.

– One-Minute Articulation App by The Speech Solution, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/one-minute-articulation-app/id1440062172 (/p/ is included in this free app… but be aware of IAPs for a subscription)

/r/:

– Artic Photos ‘R’ Fun Deck® Plus by Super Duper Publications, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/artic-photos-r-fun-deck-plus/id879593174

– R intensive Pro by Smarty Ears, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/r-intensive-pro/id371200389 (includes vocalic /r/)

– Speedy Speech – R Lite by SpeedySpeechTherapy, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speedy-speech-r-lite/id1031205041

– SpeedySpeech – R Pro by SpeedySpeechTherapy, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speedyspeech-r-pro/id1031451520

– The Key to R by Sara Smith, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-key-to-r/id1229496267

/s/:

– Artic Photos ‘S’ Fun Deck® Plus by Super Duper Publications, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/artic-photos-s-fun-deck-plus/id879601158

– Speedy Speech – S Lite by SpeedySpeechTherapy, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speedy-speech-s-lite/id1031450820

– SpeedySpeech – S Pro by SpeedySpeechTherapy, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speedyspeech-s-pro/id1031451531

/t/:

– Speech Therapy Articulation by pmq-software.com, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-therapy-articulation/id1450754069 (/t/ is included in this free lite app… be aware of IAPs. Has several nice features and other free sounds included. Designed in the U.K. so there are differences in wording and pronunciation compared to what we use in the USA)

/th/:

– ArtikPix Levels by Expressive Solutions LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/artikpix-levels/id815836122 (the free lite version includes the voiced & voiceless /th/ sounds… be aware of IAPs. Unfortunately the full paid ArtikPix Levels Plus version of this app has disappeared from the App Store)

💬 Syllables (also see Apraxia section above):

CV, CVC, CVCV:

– Word FLiPS by Super Duper Publications, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/word-flips/id731967787 (It is the app version of this product that is $39.95 (https://www.superduperinc.com/products/view.aspx?pid=BK318&s=word-flips#.XqmlhdFOmhA) and I found kids were much more motivated to engage with it in app form. A “must have” for anyone working with kids with Apraxia or other severe speech sound disorders.

V, C, CV, VC:

SpeechStickers by Seriously Sticky LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speechstickers/id436101181 (earlier developing sounds… great app for tough to motivate / engage kids!): see this post for how I used it with kids with challenging behaviors: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/08/02/no-no-no-dealing-with-challenging-behaviors-slp-hacks/). They have a second app, Sticky Words, in the works (https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga/photos/a.1039368119447526.1073741892.174264525957894/1187059944678342/?type=3&theater) but I haven’t seen any recent info on the status. http://www.seriouslysticky.com/speechstickers

– Boo Articulation Helper by Bildligt talat AB, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/boo-articulation-helper/id1216642311 (kids LOVE the Boo character modeling sound production, free lite version: Boo Articulation Helper Lite by Bildligt talat AB
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/boo-articulation-helper-lite/id1218182091, just includes /p/ & /b/ and two vowels “ee” and “ah”

CV:

– Kids Sound Lab Pro by Raddlist, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kids-sound-lab-pro/id681462426

– Word Vault Essential by HomeSpeechHome PLLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/word-vault-essential/id947222381

CVC: 

– BRIDGE Communication Lite by Bioprism, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bridge-communication-lite/id983660714 (Although it’s primarily an AAC app it has an Articulation section that can be toggled on and I really like how the targets are organized. You can’t set up users or score/collect data but this app is great when you want to do rapid drills. The app doesn’t just have CVC words. Also includes longer words, phrases and sentences. See this video for a quick peek at how it’s organized: https://bit.ly/2EX636L. It’s also included in my “Free and Affordable” section above)

🎞 Video or animated models for sounds & production in isolation (also see Apraxia section above)

– SmallTalk Consonant Blends by Lingraphica, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/smalltalk-consonant-blends/id384174024

– SmallTalk Phonemes by Lingraphica, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/smalltalk-phonemes/id384170714

– Speech Games And Practice by Smile Train Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-games-and-practice/id1353934994

– Speech & Language Warm-Ups by Super Duper Publications, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-language-warm-ups/id1080781800 (app review & free printable to go with the app: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/06/15/app-review-speech-and-language-warm-ups-by-super-duper-publications/)

– Boo Articulation Helper by Bildligt talat AB, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/boo-articulation-helper/id1216642311 (kids LOVE the animated Boo character modeling sound production)

– Kids Sound Lab Pro by Raddlist, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kids-sound-lab-pro/id681462426

– Speech Sounds For Kids – US Edition by Mulitmedia Speech Pathology, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-sounds-for-kids-us-edition/id822520903

– Speech Sounds Visualized by Pullman Regional Hospital
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-sounds-visualized/id1300151606 (looks very interesting…unfortunately there is not enough free content to know whether or not I can recommend a subscription. You could try a month to see if you like it.)

– Speech Tutor Pro by Synapse Apps, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-tutor-pro/id1323272450

✴️ Vocalization reinforcers:

– Bla | Bla | Bla by Lorenzo Bravi, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bla-bla-bla/id430815432

– ChatterPix by Duck Duck Moose LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/chatterpix/id734038526

– ChatterPix Kids by Duck Duck Moose LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/chatterpix-kids/id734046126

– Eric Carle’s Brown Bear Animal Parade by StoryToys Entertainment Limited, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/eric-carles-brown-bear-animal-parade/id1132542642

– Furry Friend Plus by Plutinosoft, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/furry-friend-plus/id438137149

– Here Kitty! by Impending, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/here-kitty/id1450776581

– Moo, Baa, La La La! – Sandra Boynton by Loud Crow Interactive Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/moo-baa-la-la-la-sandra-boynton/id431302275

– Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Oceanhouse Media, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mr-brown-can-moo-can-you/id1249496615 (see review of previous version… this new one has even more features: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2015/10/18/great-app-for-early-speech-sounds-mr-brown-can-moo-can-you/)

– Outloud Citymals by Outloud, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/outloud-citymals/id1202245004

– SoundViz by Tam Nguyen, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/soundviz/id1366922568 (this one is a new fave! Awesome cause-effect voice activated app)

– SpeechStickers by Seriously Sticky LLC
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speechstickers/id436101181 (although the app is designed to target production of specific vowels or early developing consonants, I’ve also used it to reinforce any vocalization. Kids LOVE the stickers & animations. See more info: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga/photos/a.1039368119447526.1073741892.174264525957894/1143606255690378/?type=3&theater & https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/08/02/no-no-no-dealing-with-challenging-behaviors-slp-hacks/)

– Talking Carl by Tayasui.com, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/talking-carl/id417373312

🛑 *** WARNING: Stay far, far, far away from any apps by Blub Blub, Inc. (First Blubs, Speech Blubs, Lingo Blubs, Reading Blubs or any future apps that they may develop). That app developer has a history of misusing names of several SLP bloggers to promote his apps, is charging ridiculously high subscription rates & is luring parents and therapists into trying their “free trial” to then end up paying for a subscription. See my in depth post here: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2017/07/03/app-warning-do-not-install-the-update-for-first-blubs-concerns-i-have-regarding-the-pricing-on-the-new-speech-blubs-app/ & here: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/08/21/free-app-alert-first-blubs-unlock-all-22-animals-free-this-week/. It took a social media blitz and support from my friends at Tech in Ed to finally get the developer to remove my OMazing Kids name from the app description and website.)

❇️ Vowels:

– Articulation Cards by Innovative Investments Limited, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/articulation-cards/id1242446215

– Boo Articulation Helper by Bildligt talat AB, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/boo-articulation-helper/id1216642311 (kids LOVE the Boo character modeling sound production)

– Spark Speech – Vowel Sounds by Spark Speech LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/spark-speech-vowel-sounds/id1468181697

– Speech FlipBook Standard by Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-flipbook-standard/id582842245

– Speech That Works by Sunshine Cottage School For Deaf Children, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-that-works/id928120498 (can also target suprasegmentals)

– SpeechStickers by Seriously Sticky LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speechstickers/id436101181

– Word Vault Essential by HomeSpeechHome PLLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/word-vault-essential/id947222381 (this free version just has lists without audio recordings)

Looking for Android articulation apps? Unfortunately the Speech Essentials App (http://speechessentialsapp.com, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.speechessentials.speechessentials) appears to have disappeared from the Google Play App Store. I hadn’t personally used it since I don’t own any Android devices but based on reviews it appeared to be pretty good. (Update 10/21/20: the Speech Essentials App has returned to the Google Play App Store but there are several negative reviews so I suggest trying out the free content (/b/) and reading through the most recent reviews before purchasing any in-app purchases)

Here are links to Android versions of apps I have listed above. I can’t comment on how well they work on that platform but it will at least be a good starting point in your search:

🛑 Please heed my warning above about the Speech Blubs app or any other apps by Blub Blub, Inc. above. I would stay far, far, far away from anything from them.

📥 Want to suggest iOS articulation apps to be added to this post? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page.

If it’s a free app, please send the link from the USA App Store so I can download and try it out. If it’s a paid app and you are the app developer, please send the link from the USA App Store so I can look at the info before you send a promo code. I want to make sure that one of my iPads or iPhone is compatible in order to try it out.

It took quite a bit of time to compile this list so please mention OMazing Kids when sharing it on social media and do not copy/paste it onto other blogs or documents or upload the post to servers. I have it available here on my blog and plan on keeping my blog up for the foreseeable future.

Thanks,

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Comparison of the Top 5 All Purpose Articulation Apps for SLPs in 2020 (includes current app sale info) – by Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP at OMazing Kids

What is the best robust articulation app? It depends on what features you need the most. There are features that I love in each of these apps. I’m blessed to have all of them in my therapy toolbox. I wish I could take the best features out of each of them and combine them into one app….. but since that’s not possible here are a few thoughts. Here’s a comparison of my top 5 all purpose articulation apps: Articulation Station Pro, Articulate It! Pro, ArtikPix Full, Speech Tutor Pro & Webber Photo Artic Castle Pro.

This post is just focused on these five full featured artic apps to help SLPs make informed purchasing decisions. The attached interactive PDF includes details about current app sales. It’s helpful to have an updated look at these apps since all apps change quickly as updates are released over the years. (FYI… I’ll have all of the specialty artic and apraxia apps included in the much larger update post I’m working on for apps for SLPs listed by goal areas. If you are just looking for free and affordable artic apps, check out this post: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2020/08/06/free-and-affordable-articulation-apps-interactive-infographic-created-by-angela-moorad-ms-ccc-slp-at-omazing-kids/)

Get the Interactive PDF for the Top 5 All Purpose Articulation Apps for SLPs in 2020: https://bit.ly/3at2Lna

https://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/comparing-the-top-5-all-purpose-articulation-apps-for-slps-in-2020-angela-moorad-ms-ccc-slp-at-omazing-kids-updated-8-14-20.pdf

 

Tips:

  • This PDF is meant to be an “interactive” document and is not formatted to be printable.
  • Due to the number of links in this PDF and it being on one long page, it is best viewed within the iBooks (also known as Books) app on your iPad or iPhone where you can zoom in, scroll and tap on links to head directly to those apps.
  • The links provided are directly from the USA Apple App Store and will be the quickest way to find the apps (links are provided to be helpful… these are NOT affiliate links).

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How To Mirror Your iPad for Teletherapy:
http://www.littlebeespeech.com/blog/how-to-mirror-your-ipad-for-teletherapy/
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It took quite a bit of time to compile this list so please mention OMazing Kids when sharing it on social media and do not copy/paste it onto other blogs or documents or upload the post or PDF to servers. I have it available here on my blog and plan on keeping my blog up for the foreseeable future.

Thanks,
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Free and Affordable Articulation Apps – Interactive Infographic (created by Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP at OMazing Kids)

Free and Affordable Articulation Apps – Interactive Infographic

I’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of folks looking for apps in the midst of the pandemic with services often being provided via distance learning / teletherapy. So much so that I’ve decided to go through the process of writing an updated blog post of apps for SLPs listed by goal areas (https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/12/31/the-ipad-the-slp-in-2017-app-list-for-slps-sorted-by-goal-area/). That will take quite a while to complete due to the number of apps, verifying availability, removing those no longer available and adding new ones.

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Since one of the most frequent requests is from SLPs asking for free and affordable articulation apps (either for themselves or to recommend to families for carryover), I am posting this section first. Think of this as a preview of a much larger post. The more expensive robust full-featured articulation apps will all be included in that larger post as well as a separate post with a review/comparison of my top 5 faves… so be watching for that.

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Today’s post is just focused on free and affordable articulation apps (priced $9.99 or less). This is a curated list that only includes iOS apps that I have personally used and view as being helpful in therapy or to parents of kids with special needs.

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If an app is also available for Android or Amazon Kindle Fire, I have also included those links since I frequently see posts asking for apps on those platforms. Just be aware that I do not own any Android devices so I can’t comment on how well they work on those platforms or whether or not they have the same features as the iOS version.

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Get the Interactive Infographic PDF (updated 8/10/20): https://bit.ly/2PC5CAK

https://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/free-affordable-articulation-apps-list-compiled-by-angela-moorad-ms-ccc-slp-at-omazing-kids-updated-81020.pdf

Tips:

  • This PDF is meant to be an “interactive infographic” and is not formatted to be printable.

 

  • Due to the number of links in this PDF and it being on one long page, it is best viewed within the iBooks (also known as Books) app on your iPad or iPhone where you can zoom in, scroll and tap on links to head directly to those apps. It should work in the same way on Google PDF Viewer for those wanting to view it on an Android tablet or phone.

 

  • The links provided are directly from those app stores and will be the quickest way to find the apps (links are provided to be helpful… these are NOT affiliate links). For those who want to search themselves, it’s best to do that from an iPad since iPad-only apps will not show up when searching the App Store from your iPhone.

 

How To Mirror Your iPad for Teletherapy:

http://www.littlebeespeech.com/blog/how-to-mirror-your-ipad-for-teletherapy/

https://www.aptus-slt.com/post/how-to-mirror-ipad-apps-for-teletherapy

https://tactustherapy.com/telepractice-how-to-mirror-apps-computer/

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Want to suggest free and affordable iOS articulation apps to be added to this post? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page.

If it’s a free app, please send the link from the USA App Store so I can download and try it out. If it’s a reasonably priced paid app ($9.99 or less) and you are the app developer, please send the link from the USA App Store so I can look at the info before you send a promo code. I want to make sure that one of my iPads or iPhone is compatible in order to try it out.

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It took quite a bit of time to compile this list so please mention OMazing Kids when sharing it on social media and do not copy/paste it onto other blogs or documents or upload the post or PDF to servers. I have it available here on my blog and plan on keeping my blog up for the foreseeable future.

Thanks,

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC
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