Android AAC apps

Android AAC apps

There are far fewer AAC app options on the Android platforms compared to what is available for the iPad and iPhone.

Why? The problem with the Android platform is there are hundreds of variations among devices which makes it difficult to insure any app will run as expected. Even the app developers who offer options across platforms advise that the iPad is the most reliable choice and have info about the minimum and recommended specs for Android devices on their website.

Good Android Tablets are Not Cheap: I have considered getting an Android tablet but every time I researched what specs would be needed to reliably support AAC and therapeutic apps the cost was not much less than a basic model of iPad. So I don’t have one and therefore I can’t answer any detailed questions about how to program apps or troubleshooting on that platform. But I can share what I know based on the research that I’ve done.

Please steer clear of the cheapest Android tablets or the cheapest models of an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet. The saying “You get what you pay for” comes to mind. Based on what I’ve read from app developers, some of those cheapest devices don’t have good voices for speech output and the processor may not support reliable use of AAC apps (may have significant lag or crash).

Android AAC Options:

That being said…. I know the reality is I get asked very frequently about Android AAC app options. I’ve shared them in a few different posts but decided to do this round-up post to make the info easier to share. AAC apps in this post fall into two categories: Symbol-Based & Text-Based.

 


 

Symbol-Based Android AAC:

Robust Options: Coughdrop & Avaz are the two most robust AAC options available for Android. I have the iOS version of both of these apps and they are both awesome! But how well they will work on Android depends greatly on the model and type of device being used. Both offer a free trial and then a subscription. So you have an easy way to try them out before purchasing or recommending.

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

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

Windows: You can install CoughDrop as a Windows desktop app on your computer or Windows device. CoughDrop on Windows has some eye-tracking integrations that will help it work better with more devices. Please make 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.

English Android app:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.avazapp.international.lite (they have other languages available in separate apps. Vietnamese: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.avazapp.autism.vi_vi.avaz.lite. Several languages in India: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.avazapp.autism.en_in.avaz. Bengali: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.avazapp.autism.bn_bd.avaz.lite)

* Talk Tablet: It isn’t as robust as Coughdrop or Avaz and I haven’t found it as intuitive to program or use. But sharing it as a less expensive option: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gusinc.talktableta (also a Vietnamese version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gusinc.talktabletvi). They also offer a Windows app: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/talktablet-aac-speech/9nblggh337bk?activetab=pivot:overviewtab. More info: https://talktablet.com

Free and Affordable Options: I included Android versions on this post. Scroll down to that section: 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/.

 


 

Text-Based Android AAC:

Robust Options:

Predictable is a robust option for TTS AAC. I have the iOS version and it is awesome! The reviews for the Android version are mixed so I suggest contacting your state’s AT lending program to see if they have it available for short term loan or for SLPs to ask the app developer for a free copy to be able to try it out with the patient before recommending it since it’s more expensive. My guess is the mixed reviews on the Google Play App Store are likely due to folks trying to use the app on a device that is too cheap or old to support reliable use.

English Android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tbox.predictable_4 (they have other languages available in separate apps)

Free and Affordable Options: I included Android ones on this post: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2020/06/11/top-10-free-and-affordable-ios-text-to-speech-aac-apps-list-compiled-by-angela-moorad-ms-ccc-slp-omazing-kids/.


In some instances an Android tablet may be the only option for voice output in a particular language. An example of this is Vietnamese. Which explains why the Vietnamese version of Avaz (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.avazapp.autism.vi_vi.avaz.lite) & the Vietnamese version of Talk Tablet (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gusinc.talktabletvi) are only offered on that platform. CoughDrop can be translated into that language but only has access to a Vietnamese voice on the Android platform.

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How to find the AT Lending Library in your state: https://www.at3center.net/stateprogram. Some have Android tablets with AAC apps on them available for short term loan to help with the eval process. But you’ll need to check to see if yours is open and still loaning equipment out during the pandemic.


Want to suggest an app be added to this list? Found a broken link or info that needs to be updated? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page.


Looking for info about iOS AAC apps?

How to Get Access to the Top 10 iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps:

https://omazingkidsllc.com/2021/02/16/how-to-get-access-to-the-top-10-ios-symbol-based-aac-apps-2-16-21-compiled-by-angela-moorad-ms-ccc-slp-omazing-kids-aac-consulting-part-of-a-larger-feature-matching-chart/

Top 10 iOS Symbol-Based AAC App Feature Matching Chart:

https://omazingkidsllc.com/2021/02/18/top-10-ios-symbol-based-aac-app-feature-matching-chart-compiled-by-angela-moorad-ms-ccc-slp-omazing-kids-aac-consulting/

Looking for therapeutic Android apps? I included a few in this post: “The iPad & the SLP in 2020 and Beyond: Interactive PDF Resource List of iOS apps, Boom Cards, Teachers Pay Teachers materials, Teletherapy Resources and Online Resources – organized by goal areas, themes and topics”: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2020/11/29/the-ipad-the-slp-in-2020-and-beyond-interactive-pdf-resource-list-of-ios-apps-boom-cards-teachers-pay-teachers-materials-teletherapy-resources-and-online-resources-organized-by-goa/


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The iPad & the SLP in 2020 and Beyond: Interactive PDF Resource List of iOS apps, Boom Cards, Teachers Pay Teachers materials, Teletherapy Resources and Online Resources – organized by goal areas, themes and topics (updated 1-14-21)

 

The iPad and the SLP in 2020 and Beyond - a new free interactive resource from OMazing Kids

Happy Cyber Monday! We are all using technology now more than ever in 2020. There has been a significant increase in Speech Language Pathologists and parents asking for app recommendations in the midst of this pandemic since so many are doing distance learning and teletherapy.

 

So I spent the past 8 months creating this FREE resource to help fellow SLPs and parents. 

A big shift has taken place in the iOS App Store kids and therapeutic app market since I posted my original big app list on 12/31/16 (https://bit.ly/3js1CA7). Many of those apps are no longer available for purchase and some have totally disappeared. I chose to leave that post up as a time capsule of the apps that existed then plus it’s helpful to have the names for older apps when you want to find an app in your “Purchased” area in the App Store. 

This is a fresh resource list with items that were all verified as being available and links verified as working at the time they were added over the past 8 months.

 

An iPad is only as good as the apps that you load on it. Think of the iPad as being the toolbox & the apps within it as tools. Many high quality apps specifically designed by SLPs for SLPs allow you to do in-app data collection, look at data over time, e-mail reports, and swipe through stimulus cards rapidly which allows you to get in more reps. Plus many kids are highly motivated by anything presented on an iPad. Having most of the major robust AAC apps at my fingertips to try at any moment was life changing for many of my patients.

Don’t have an iPad? No worries…. there are tons of things besides apps included on this resource list: Boom Cards, Teachers Pay Teachers materials, online games, green screen resources, tips for screen mirroring, document cameras, etc… In the Articulation section I included info about Android versions of apps. If you are a pediatric SLP or a parent of a child with special needs, I promise you’ll find something on this list that you’ll love!  I provided services for kids, teens and young adults (birth – 21 years of age) for 28 years so I have a vast and varied collection of apps and other materials and resources targeting almost every goal and theme you can think of. 

This is a “vetted” list with a mix of paid and free items. With very rare exceptions, I only share info about apps and resources that I have actually downloaded and tried and only post about those that I see as being either helpful in therapy, classroom or to parents of kids with special needs. There are thousands of apps in the App Store and thousands of other resources so it can be difficult to find ones to best meet our needs as SLPs.

The interactive PDF is not intended to be printed due the number of pages (currently 253 pages), number of links and since it will be periodically updated. It will be most useful to save the PDF in the Books/iBooks app on your iPad and iPhone where you can tap on links to apps and resources and hyperlinks within the Table of Contents to jump to that section, zoom in and scroll. It should work in the same way on Google PDF Viewer for those wanting to view it on an Android tablet or phone. It can also be viewed and used in Adobe Acrobat or other PDF Reader software on a computer.

Other Important Info: None of the links in this document are “affiliate” links and nobody “paid” to have their apps, resources or products included. I am providing this as a FREE unbiased resource from OMazing Kids. That integrity is more important to me than any potential money I might have been able to make by selling this as a resource on Teachers Pay Teachers or on my blog. I may venture into creating Boom Cards and TPT materials in the future but at this point everything that I have created remains free on my blog.

 

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

  • If it’s a free iOS app, please send the link from the USA App Store 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.
  • If it’s another type of resource that’s free, please send the link so I can try it out.
  • If it’s another type of paid resource, please send the link so I can take a look at the info before sending me a free copy.

Found a broken link or an app or resources that is no longer available? I anticipate that there may be apps and resources that have disappeared over the 8 month timeframe that I worked on this document so please let me know if that happened or if you notice that any have disappeared in the future. The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page.

 

I plan on periodically updating the this list so it’s best to “bookmark” and share the link to this blog post since the link to the PDF will change when it’s updated. I will update the date on a revised PDF and will indicate the date it was updated in the blog post. You’ll then need to delete the old copy from the Books/iBooks app on your iPad and save the newest version.

Video Demo of this Interactive PDF:

Click here to get the PDF (UPDATED: 1/14/21, deleted original PDF and uploaded new one):

 

The linked Table of Contents is on Page 4. Tap on a link to jump directly to any of the 192 sections. The document is also searchable.

Click to access the-ipad-the-slp-in-2020-and-beyond-list-of-ios-apps-boom-cards-teachers-pay-teachers-materials-teletherapy-resources-and-online-resources-e28093-organized-by-goal-areas-themes-and-topic.pdf

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I hope you find this resource helpful in your work as an SLP or as a parent of a child with special needs. Working on compiling it was a labor of love and was something positive for me to focus on in the midst of the COVID-19 / coronavirus pandemic and other craziness of 2020. I’m SO incredibly grateful to be retired and have the time to help others through the sharing of resources, prayers, helping elderly relatives get groceries/supplies, etc… I have all my fellow SLPs in my prayers for God’s safety and provision. I also have all the families of kids with special needs in my prayers that God would give you the wisdom and peace needed to help you help your child/children during this incredibly stressful time 🙏🏼

 

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Saving Videos vs. Linking to YouTube Videos for use in GoTalk Now… plus how to save YouTube videos

Why I prefer to save videos to the iPad vs. linking to YouTube when using the GoTalk Now app:

  • I had too many patients’ highly preferred videos disappear from YouTube. That typically triggered a meltdown or they lost interest as I attempted to find a different version of it on YouTube.
  • Saved videos play immediately (no delay = immediate reinforcement of that request). I had several patients who had been seen multiple times by various SLPs over the years at the facility where I worked and they never appeared to understand cause/effect or be motivated to communicate when in fact the issue was the reinforcement wasn’t immediate enough for them to form that connection.

See a side by side comparison in this video.

I used the Screen Recording feature in the iPhone Control Center to take a screencast video while I was playing the YouTube video to save it. Then I edited the video to crop off a little at the beginning and end. My iPad Pro running iOS 10.3.3 doesn’t have a Screen Recording option in the Control Center. My iPad Mini 2 running iOS 12.4.8 could record but didn’t have sound. I was able to do this via my iPhone 11 running iOS 13.5.1 and then used AirDrop to send it to my iPad Pro to use in the GoTalk Now Plus app. My guess is an iPad running at least iOS 13 would have sound in the screen recording but have no way to know for sure 🤷🏼‍♀️

Update 12/15/20: It is also possible to play saved and play linked YouTube videos within the TouchChat AAC app.

Here’s some differences between playing a “linked” YouTube video in GoTalk Now vs. playing a “linked” YouTube video in TouchChat:

In GoTalk Now, a button programmed to link to a YouTube video exits the app and takes you to YouTube on Safari (that would be blocked if using Guided Access or on a managed dedicated iOS based device). It would be difficult for most AAC users to get back to the GoTalk Now app (have to tap a tiny thing in top left corner of screen and if they play other videos that might disappear).

In TouchChat, a button programmed to link to a YouTube video opens it on a screen within the TouchChat app. It’s easy to tap “done” to return to the previous TouchChat screen. The linked YouTube video will play within TouchChat even when Guided Access is active. But you’d still have issues if YouTube is down or that linked video disappears from YouTube. I’ve used “linked” videos in both of those apps if it’s something I wanted to program on the fly in the middle of a session. If it turned out to be a highly preferred video then I went through the process of saving it to the camera roll and then programming to open it that way 😊

When using either app for this purpose I consider this to fall under the category of “Assistive Technology for Adapted Leisure”. So this is giving them an adapted means of accessing videos. I also use it as an adapted means of accessing music.

There are several other way to do this that don’t involve using AAC apps. I have sections devoted to them on this very recent blog post. The Table of Contents is on page 4. Then tap on to jump directly to that section. https://omazingkidsllc.com/2020/11/29/the-ipad-the-slp-in-2020-and-beyond-interactive-pdf-resource-list-of-ios-apps-boom-cards-teachers-pay-teachers-materials-teletherapy-resources-and-online-resources-organized-by-goa/

Info about the Control Center: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210981

An alternative to using Screen Recording is to download free software onto your laptop that will allow you to download and save videos from YouTube and several other sources. I just tried out the YouTube ByClick software and it worked very well. The resulting video was a little larger on the screen than the one made via screen recording. But it involves having to use your laptop to download the video, e-mailing the video to your iPad and then saving that video to the Camera Roll. https://www.youtubebyclick.com.

Update 11/5/20: Here’s another option that worked directly on my iPhone: https://qdownloader.io

I can see using YouTube ByClick when I want to save several videos ahead of time to prep for a session. But the Screen Recording method would be my “go to” for the convenience.

In a pinch you could even just use the iPad to video a YouTube video being played on a computer or TV. I’ve done that before. The quality isn’t nearly as good but the patient still enjoyed watching it.

Reminder: GoTalk Now & GoTalk Now Plus are both on sale through the end of October 2020. Extremely rare sale so if you’ve been wanting either of these apps NOW is the time to get it.

See this post for sale info and more ways that I use this app: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2020/10/17/rare-sale-on-gotalk-now-gotalk-now-plus-aac-apps/
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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC
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Visual Supports with Voice Output for the “Win”! – Incredible 5 Point Scale and the GoTalk Now app

Visual supports with voice output for the “win”! I attended a presentation by Kari Dunn Buron, coauthor of The Incredible 5 Point Scale, at the Oklahoma Autism Conference offered by the Oklahoma Autism Network in 2017 and was inspired to make this for a patient who had been having a particularly difficult time and exhibiting a significant increase in aggressive behaviors. I watched for very subtle signs of increased agitation and modeled use of this to both talk about emotional states and offered choices to help calm before he got beyond a “Level 3”. He showed understanding of it the very first day and smiled when I acknowledged that he was struggling. He chose “go for a walk outside” and “go back to the house and rest”. The next day he spontaneously tapped “go for a walk outside” before he got beyond a “Level 2” and a huge smile washed over his face as we exited the sensory overload inside the building into the brisk air and total peace outside. I was often totally overstimulated by all the “Christmassy” stuff at our facility too so we ended up taking lots of walks outside 😉.

A video showing several boards including this one:

Thanks again Attainment Company, Inc. for making such a versatile app and giving me access to the most full featured version as well as several extras within it to help the patients at the nonprofit facility where I worked for the last half of my career. I was able to show this to his mother and she was very impressed with how easy this app is to program and to use for AAC and visual supports.

This app is definitely in the top 5 most used apps on my iPad. I saved this to the Online Gallery. Those who have either the GoTalk Now or GoTalk Now Plus versions of the app should be able to find everything that I have uploaded to the public Online Gallery by searching by my last name (Moorad) or a word in the title. See page 23 in the in-app Users Guide for info on how to find it.

There are several versions of the app with varying levels of features:

GoTalk NOW PLUS by Attainment Company, https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gotalk-now-plus/id742150885?mt=8 (most full featured, includes SymbolStix, offers PCS symbols (High Contrast, original and thinline) as in-app purchases, etc…)

GoTalk Now by Attainment Company, https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gotalk-now/id454176457?mt=8

GoTalk NOW LITE by Attainment Company, https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gotalk-now-lite/id953164338?mt=8 (FREE lite version, limited to 1 book with up to 5 pages, cannot backup, share or access the Online Gallery)

See this post about the current sale on their apps from 10/16 – 10/31/20: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2020/10/17/rare-sale-on-gotalk-now-gotalk-now-plus-aac-apps/

(Note: Most of the content in this post originally appeared on my Facebook page on 12/12/17.

I updated some info from that to create this blog post.

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Rare sale on GoTalk Now & GoTalk Now Plus AAC apps

Wow! AAC news flash….. Attainment Company, Inc. announced a GoTalk AAC app sale (10/16 – 10/31/20) 👏🏼 I just checked pricing history on the AppSliced website and this is the lowest price on GoTalk NOW since 2012 and the lowest price ever on GoTalk NOW PLUS. ✅ So if either of these have been on your wish list NOW is the time to get them. ✅ (Tip: It’s wise to get apps at least a day before a sale ends to insure you don’t miss it)

GoTalk NOW by Attainment Company, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/gotalk-now/id454176457, iPad only, iOS 9.0 or later. They recently added Core Vocabulary Communication Pages and GoTalk NOW Curriculum Pages to the app. The Core Vocabulary pages are easy to find in Downloads – Core Words – options for 4, 9, 16, 25 and 36 locations. The Curriculum Pages are trickier to find. Those are free downloads from their Online Gallery (see page 23 in the in-app guide for details on how to find that). More info about the features: https://www.attainmentcompany.com/gotalk-now. Usually $99.99 -> on sale for $49.99

GoTalk NOW PLUS by Attainment Company, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/gotalk-now-plus/id742150885, iPad only, iOS 9.0 or later. This is the version that I have. This version has everything in GoTalk Now and adds a SymbolStix symbol library, a premade Ready-Set-Communicate book, and Acapela text-to-speech English voices. Usually $169.99 -> on sale for $119.99

Here are posts that I have done showing examples of how you can use this app:

***** Those who have either of these versions of the app can find everything that I have uploaded to the public Online Gallery by searching by my last name (Moorad). See page 23 in the in-app guide for details on how to find that *****

The GoVisual Scene Maker app is also on sale in case you missed it being on sale back in May. GoVisual Scene Maker by Attainment Company, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/govisual-scene-maker/id1324635847, iOS Universal, iOS 13.0 or later. More info: https://www.attainmentcompany.com/govisual

I posted screenshots showing original and sale prices in the USA App Store in the comments on this post on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga/photos/a.191017694282577/3556073367776976/?type=3. Prices outside the USA vary based on the exchange rate.

Here’s the link to the Facebook post on their page announcing the sale. Feel free to head there with any questions: https://bit.ly/3lWgBDa

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FREE Names of Animal Sounds app – great for 2-word phrases, vocabulary and kids who have a high interest in animals

Found another FREE hidden gem in the App Store! Names of Animal Sounds by Pioneer Logics, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/names-of-animal-sounds/id1351844864 (2 word phrase (animal name + verb of the sound they make, ex: Lion roars) while showing short video of it, 61 animals organized alphabetically and can swipe to choose specific one).

List of what’s included… a few of the names of the sounds seem a little off but when I researched names of animal sounds some had several listed or varied between sources:

  1. Antelope snotes (snorts?)
  2. Bear growls
  3. Bison grunts
  4. Cat meows
  5. Cheetah chirrups
  6. Cockatoo squawks
  7. Cow moos
  8. Crocodile bleats (bellows?)
  9. Crow caws
  10. Cuckoo clocks (coos or cuckoos?)
  11. Deer bleats
  12. Dog barks
  13. Dolphin clicks
  14. Donkey brays
  15. Duck quacks
  16. Eagle screeches
  17. Elephant trumpets
  18. Flamingo squawks
  19. Frog croaks
  20. Giraffe bleats
  21. Goat bleats
  22. Gorilla growls
  23. Hen clucks
  24. Hippo growls
  25. Horse neighs
  26. Hyena laughs
  27. Ibis chirrups
  28. Kangaroo grunts (chortles?)
  29. Koala wails
  30. Koel clocks (?)
  31. Lemur gibbers (?)
  32. Leopard snarls
  33. Lion roars
  34. Mockingbird chirrups
  35. Monkey gibbers
  36. Moose bellows
  37. Mouse squeaks
  38. Owl hoots
  39. Panda bleats
  40. Parrot squawks
  41. Peacock screams
  42. Pelican chirrups
  43. Penguin honks
  44. Pig grunts
  45. Pigeon coos
  46. Polar bear growls
  47. Raven croaks
  48. Robin chirrups
  49. Rooster crows
  50. Seagull squawks
  51. Seal barks
  52. Snake hisses
  53. Sparrow twitters
  54. Swan cries
  55. Tiger growls
  56. Toucan squawks
  57. Turtle grunts
  58. Wolf howls
  59. Woodpecker chirps
  60. Yak grunts
  61. Zebra clicks (neigh or whinny?)

I had a couple of patients with Autism who had a high interest in animals that would have LOVED this app!

In particular I remember one who had a very driven passion for animals so we got to see a peek into his amazing skills when we tapped into that high interest. I used the I Read – Animals (Reading Comprehension for Kids) app by Nerea Sanchez Dominguez (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/i-read-animals-reading-comprehension-for-kids/id940688959) & the First Nouns app by KIS Publishing LLC (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/first-nouns/id930990828, before it switched to only being accessible to their online school) and was blown away by his ability to type and spell animal names. Ended up taking video to prove it to the rest of the team and immediately went through the process to get him an iPad with a robust AAC app. Speak For Yourself ended up being a great match for him since it has only 1-2 hits to get to any word and uses the native iOS keyboard. I think about him often and wonder how he’s doing 😊


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Important Warning: Do NOT install iOS 14 yet

 

⚠️ Important Warning: iOS 14 was released today. It is NEVER a good idea to install a new iOS when it first comes out. 🛑 There are always glitches…. sometimes big ones that cause devices to “brick” or ones that cause glitches in apps where they either crash or don’t work as expected. The developers of AAC and therapy apps need time to release updates.

Please wait until the developers of those apps announce that it’s safe to download iOS 14. Depending on how complex an app is that may take a few weeks to a few months.

  • I always keep automatic installation of iOS updates and automatic installation of app updates both toggled OFF.
  • Make sure your devices are backing up to iCloud and for AAC apps to make sure you back up any programming before installing any updates to those apps or to the iOS.
  • Be sure to toggle off the setting that automatically offloads apps to free up space. There is a trend in app developers switching to a subscription model and removing older apps.
  • I know most of us have to rotate apps on/off our devices due to storage issues. Before deciding to delete an app, it’s wise to check to make sure it is still available in the App Store and to read through the descriptions on recent updates to make sure nothing significant has changed (like it switching to a subscription based app). If an app hasn’t been updated in quite awhile that’s a red flag that it may no longer work when a new iOS is rolled out and if you have several apps like that you may want to consider purposefully keeping a device running an older iOS in order not to lose apps. I’m very glad I did that several years ago and still have an iPad running iOS 10.3.3.

Also posted this on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to spread the word. Please share with anyone you know using an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch for AAC, therapy or learning.

See my previous post back in July warning that this was coming:

Thanks!
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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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*Archived – see more recent post* Review & Comparison of Features in Digital PODD iPad apps (simPODD, Grid for iPad and PODD with Compass) …. plus new PODD resources

*** Archived – see the most current post at: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2021/01/09/review-comparison-of-features-in-digital-podd-ipad-apps-in-2021-simpodd-grid-for-ipad-snap-core-first-and-podd-with-compass/ ***


Review & Comparison of Features in Digital PODD iPad apps (simPODD, Grid for iPad and PODD with Compass) …. plus new PODD resources

I just updated my comprehensive blog post about PODD AAC to add several new resources and an in-depth review and comparison of features in all of the digital PODD iPad apps currently available in the USA App Store: simPODD, Grid for iPad and PODD with Compass. Rather than doing it in a separate post I decided to add it to that post to keep everything PODD related in one spot.

Updated info is highlighted throughout that post and I tested all links and updated those. Scroll down towards the bottom of the post until you see the same pic that is on this post to find the app reviews and comparisons of features:

https://omazingkidsllc.com/2018/01/10/i-have-something-to-say-about-podd/
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Updated 11/10/20: Tobii Dynavox just released Snap PODD as an ad-on within the Snap Core First app. See this post on Facebook for details: https://www.facebook.com/174264525957894/posts/3622621321122180/. I’ll be updating my big PODD blog post to add it to the comparisons once I test it out.

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Over 100 Free & Affordable Apps + Boom Cards to Target AAC Core Vocabulary – list compiled by Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, OMazing Kids

Over 100 Free & Affordable Apps + Boom Cards to Target AAC Core Vocabulary

The main thing I look for when searching for apps to use for targeting core vocabulary for AAC users are open-ended play, book or sticker apps that are intuitive, have large engaging graphics, are ad-free, have the option to toggle off any background music or it is very subtle (not over stimulating) while still leaving on any sound effects or voiceovers and any outside links are well hidden behind a parental gate. You can use these apps to target the same core vocabulary that you would with a “real” toy or activity. Think of it as the “virtual” version of that. Lock the “play” iPad into the app that you have selected by enabling Guided Access. If the child is using an iPad as their “talker”, then it is also locked into their AAC app via Guided Access.

  • Prices, availability & device/iOS compatibility were all checked in the USA App Store and website links were all working at the time this post was written (5:00pm CST on 7/22/20). Prices may vary outside the USA based on the exchange rate.
  • Some of these apps may not be available for download on your device if you are not running the minimum required iOS.
  • Many of these apps are “iOS Universal”. Those can be used on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.
  • Some apps have IAPs (in-app purchases) for additional items. So after you have installed those apps and purchased anything that you wanted be sure to adjust the settings on your iPad to prevent unintended purchases.
  • All of the apps on this list were priced at $3.99 or less at the time of this post… and a lot of them are FREE:

FREE: 50 apps

$.99: 7 apps

$1.99: 13 apps

$2.99: 27 apps

$3.99: 30 apps

  1. A Place to Grow by Bloom & Grow, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/a-place-to-grow/id626772262, iOS Universal, iOS 9.1 or later, currently FREE
  2. Animal Captain by Italic ApS, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/animal-captain/id968005663, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, FREE. More info: http://animalcaptain.net
  3. Artie’s Magic Pencil by Minilab Ltd, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/arties-magic-pencil/id1132630378, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $2.99 (fun to target the core word “make” and pair with the book “Harold and the Purple Crayon” (for those with free access… it is available on Epic – Kids’ Books and Videos by Epic Creations, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/epic-kids-books-and-videos/id719219382). Another similar app: DogBiscuit – A drawing book for fingerpainting by Tivola Publishing GmbH, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dogbiscuit-a-drawing-book-for-fingerpainting/id1048926410, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $2.99)
  4. Avokiddo Emotions by AVOKIDDO, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/avokiddo-emotions/id661758013, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $2.99
  5. BakingFun for Kids by Jaroslav Ozevic, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bakingfun-for-kids/id711666913, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $2.99 (free printable core vocab mini book that I made to go with the app: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2014/08/25/core-vocabulary-app-of-the-week-free-printable-booklet-baking-fun-by-kujifun/)
  6. Balloonimals by IDEO, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/balloonimals/id307459878, iOS Universal, iOS 11.0 or later (can use on older iOS if previously purchased it), $1.99 & Balloonimal Babies, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/balloonimal-babies/id840455174, iOS Universal, iOS 11.0 or later (can use on older iOS if previously purchased it), $1.99
  7. Bamba apps (faves are Bamba Ice-Cream, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bamba-ice-cream/id536449670, iPad only, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE; Bamba Wonderland, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bamba-wonderland/id1113941087, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE; Bamba Pizza, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bamba-pizza/id529035121, iPad only, iOS 5.1 or later, $.99)
  8. Cars in gift box by Thematica – educational and fun apps for kids, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/cars-in-gift-box/id741267930, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, FREE
  9. Chicco App Toys Blocks by Artsana S.p.A., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/chicco-app-toys-blocks/id979861753, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, FREE
  10. City Cars Adventures by BUBL by Apps4kids games, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/city-cars-adventures-by-bubl/id972003056, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $2.99
  11. Comomola apps (faves are… Comomola Pirates, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/comomola-pirates/id1087920915, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE & Comomola Far West Train, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/comomola-far-west-train/id1209680507, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE)
  12. Crayola Nail Party – A Nail Salon Experience by Budge Studios, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/crayola-nail-party-a-nail-salon-experience/id888695363, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, FREE with IAP to unlock full version
  13. Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets by Crayola, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/crayola-scribble-scrubbie-pets/id1475682282, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE
  14. Dance On: The next best thing to real dancing! by Brian Smith, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dance-on-the-next-best-thing-to-real-dancing/id1191742192, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE
  15. Dino Olympics by Polished Play by Polished Play, LLC
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dino-olympics-by-polished-play/id1331659824, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, FREE
  16. Dino-Store by Bluemarker, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dino-store/id585701049, iOS Universal, iOS 6.1 or later, FREE
  17. Dr. Panda apps (several great ones… my faves are: Dr. Panda Bus Driver, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dr-panda-bus-driver/id741224931, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $3.99; Dr. Panda’s Carnival, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dr-pandas-carnival/id1001059684, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $3.99; Dr. Panda Bath Time, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dr-panda-bath-time/id1104191752, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $3.99 (see this blog post for free printable symbols that I made for this app: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/09/09/app-review-dr-panda-bath-time/); Dr. Panda Daycare, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dr-panda-daycare/id575812869, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $3.99; Dr. Panda Swimming Pool, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dr-panda-swimming-pool/id916130071, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, $3.99; Dr. Panda’s Ice Cream Truck, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dr-pandas-ice-cream-truck/id950593464, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $3.99; Dr. Panda Ice Cream Truck 2, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dr-panda-ice-cream-truck-2/id1495748357, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, currently FREE)
  18. Dr. PetPlay by Brent Engels, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dr-petplay/id735856889, iPad only, iOS 8.0 or later, $1.99
  19. Duck Duck Moose apps (several faves…. Draw and Tell HD, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/draw-and-tell-hd/id504752087, iPad only, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE; Build A Truck, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/build-a-truck/id734640915, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE; Princess Fairy Tale Maker, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/princess-fairy-tale-maker/id527336678, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE; Superhero Comic Book Maker HD, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/superhero-comic-book-maker-hd/id547117153, iPad only, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE; Wheels on the Bus HD, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/wheels-on-the-bus-hd/id371962250, iPad only, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE)
  20. Dylan’s Awesome Cars by Gearley, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dylans-awesome-cars/id900265775, iPhone app, can be used on iPad in 2x mode, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE
  21. Easy Car Wash for Kids by Uriel Cebreros https://apps.apple.com/us/app/easy-car-wash-for-kids/id1353174264, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, FREE
  22. Eat Bird Eat by Hamba Studio Ltd., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/eat-bird-eat/id1505275863, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE. Simple tapping game. Avoid the rocks and bombs. The rocks make the bird’s belly shrink and the bombs make it fall over. Reminds me a little of avoiding bombs in Fruit Ninja. The goal is to make the bird eat until it’s full. Each round is short, nice vivid colors and there isn’t any background music or sounds. Would be fun to target Core Vocabulary (eat, go, stop, big, my turn, wait, fast, slow, etc…).
  23. Filimundus apps (several faves… My Little Work – Garage, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/my-little-work-garage/id720288164, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $3.99; Animal Fun Park Family Version, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/animal-fun-park-family-version/id1218307760, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $3.99; BRIO World – Railway, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/brio-world-railway/id1064517589, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $2.99)
  24. Firecracker Simulator by Surojit Roy, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/firecracker-simulator/id1513142120, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, FREE
  25. Fish chase interactive storybook by madebyeducators, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fish-chase-interactive-storybook/id837325344, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $2.99
  26. Fox and Sheep apps (several faves: Little Fox Animal Doctor, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/little-fox-animal-doctor/id1036517151, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $3.99; Little Builders for Kids, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/little-builders-for-kids/id875242534, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, $3.99; Little Friends Dance Studio AR, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/little-friends-dance-studio-ar/id1218897499, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, $3.99)
  27. Fuzzy House by Fuzzy House Aps, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fuzzy-house/id1097808457, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $2.99
  28. Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Night & Day Studios, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/go-away-big-green-monster/id470037065, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $3.99
  29. Here Kitty! by Impending, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/here-kitty/id1450776581, iOS Universal (but the snoring big white kitty is only available on the iPad), iOS 11.0 or later, FREE
  30. iMake Giant Gummies- Gummy Food Games for Kids by Cubic Frog Apps, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/imake-giant-gummies-gummy-food-games-for-kids/id592057489, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $2.99
  31. Kapu Toys apps (faves are Kapu Fishing, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kapu-fishing/id934880282, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $1.99 & Kapu Blocks, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kapu-blocks/id765717687, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $1.99)
  32. Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats by RocketWagon, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kalleys-machine-plus-cats/id905722643, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $.99
  33. Khan Academy Kids by Khan Academy, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/khan-academy-kids/id1378467217, iOS Universal, iOS 9.3 or later, FREE
  34. Kids build & crash blocks game by Droplace, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kids-build-crash-blocks-game/id1254357057, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, FREE
  35. KlangDings – House of Music by doDings GbR, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/klangdings-house-of-music/id1032756232, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $2.99
  36. Labo Car Designer (3+) by Labo Lado Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/labo-car-designer-3/id889855047, iPad only, iOS 6.0 or later, $.99
  37. Learn & Play by Fisher-Price by Homer
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/learn-play-by-fisher-price/id415894286
  38. LEGO® DUPLO® Connected Train by LEGO, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/lego-duplo-connected-train/id1321310653, iOS Universal, iOS 9.3 or later, FREE
  39. LEGO® DUPLO® WORLD by StoryToys Entertainment Limited, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/lego-duplo-world/id1458749093, iOS Universal, iOS 9.3.5 or later, FREE (includes the Number Train & Creative Building areas, has several IAPs for additional content but enough free content is included and is well designed)
  40. Leo the Truck and Cars Game by Project First, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/leo-the-truck-and-cars-game/id1329183062, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE with IAP for additional content
  41. MarcoPolo Ocean by MarcoPolo Learning, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/marcopolo-ocean/id797157312, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, FREE
  42. Make it go BOOM by Appsters AB,
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/make-it-go-boom/id1169117844, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE
  43. MIXIMAL by YATATOY
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/miximal/id829623705, iOS Universal, iOS 6.1 or later, $1.99
  44. MyMemo – Kids Matching Game by App Family AB, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mymemo-kids-matching-game/id1039357953, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $2.99 (see this post for download codes for several core vocabulary card decks that I made and shared: https://www.facebook.com/174264525957894/posts/3051268928257425/?vh=e&d=n)
  45. My PlayHome by PlayHome Software Ltd, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/my-playhome/id439628153, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $3.99 (all of the apps by this app developer are great: My PlayHome Hospital, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/my-playhome-hospital/id1095280287, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $2.99; My PlayHome School, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/my-playhome-school/id922188121, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $2.99; My PlayHome Stores, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/my-playhome-stores/id683942610, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $2.99; and the brand new My PlayHome Plus, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/my-playhome-plus/id1489812608, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE includes the original house and has IAPs for other areas – see this post for important tips on how to get access to areas within that app if already own the other apps: https://www.facebook.com/174264525957894/posts/3245080212209628/)
  46. Mulle Meck’s cars — a construction set for kids by Piu-Piu, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mulle-mecks-cars-a-construction-set-for-kids/id1133207599, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $2.99
  47. Nampa Tivoli by Nampa Design AB
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/nampa-tivoli/id1050775269, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $1.99
  48. Peekaboo Barn by Night & Day Studios, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/peekaboo-barn/id300590611, iOS Universal, iOS 5.1.1 or later, $1.99
  49. Peek-a-Zoo Underwater by Jenny Talavera, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/peek-a-zoo-underwater/id541193144, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $3.99 (also: Peek-a-Zoo: Play Peekaboo Zoo, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/peek-a-zoo-play-peekaboo-zoo/id471531262, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $3.99; Peek-a-Zoo Farm, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/peek-a-zoo-farm-for-toddlers/id738126623, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $3.99; Peek-a-Zoo Train, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/peek-a-zoo-train/id653327324, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $3.99)
  50. Pepi Play apps (several faves…. Pepi Garage, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pepi-garage/id1024617728, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE; Pepi Bath, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pepi-bath/id505124220, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $1.99; Pepi Ride, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pepi-ride/id935224319, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $2.99; Pepi Super Stores, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pepi-super-stores/id1198599796, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $2.99; Pepi Doctor, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pepi-doctor/id733788136, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $1.99)
  51. Peppa Pig™: Theme Park by Entertainment One, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/peppa-pig-theme-park/id1060102144, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $2.99
  52. PlayToddlers apps (several faves: Sweet Home Stories (Full), https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sweet-home-stories-full/id1201347351, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $2.99; Happy Daycare Stories (Full), https://apps.apple.com/us/app/happy-daycare-stories-full/id1132198474, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $2.99; Daily Shopping Stories (Full), https://apps.apple.com/us/app/daily-shopping-stories-full/id1259820579, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $2.99)
  53. Pogg – kids game for language by Ricky Vuckovic, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pogg-kids-game-for-language/id330964517, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $.99
  54. Rivet: Better Reading Practice by Area 120 by Google, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/rivet-better-reading-practice/id1405632917, iOS Universal, iOS 11 or later (can use on older iOS if previously purchased it), FREE. Lots of great early readers with opportunities to target Core Vocabulary. I love that you can tap on a word to see a simple definition & record yourself saying the word. The speech recognition capabilities appear to be accurate so SLPs will enjoy trying it out. More advanced readers are available and books are available in English & Spanish. I also like that it saves books to “read again” and you can tap a star to save a book to your “favorites”. I’m finding this app much easier to search, navigate and use than Epic…. and it’s always FREE. See more info: https://rivet.area120.com. Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.area120.studybuddy.sagaflutter, Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07V7GYNCK. They are also working on a web-based version but it is still in beta… not full featured yet and crashed several times when I tried to use it in Safari on my iPad. So I’d stick with the app.
  55. Sago Mini apps (lots of great apps…. here are some of my faves: Sago Mini Sound Box, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sago-mini-sound-box/id640709006, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $3.99; Sago Mini Babies Dress Up, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sago-mini-babies-dress-up/id1132213599, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, currently FREE; Sago Mini Road Trip, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sago-mini-road-trip/id871230822, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $3.99; Sago Mini Friends, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sago-mini-friends/id1245748156, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $3.99; Sago Mini Babies, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sago-mini-babies/id994673739, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $3.99; Sago Mini Camping, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sago-mini-camping/id1496657805, iOS 9.0 or later, $3.99 as IAP (the app appears to be free but on the opening screen you either choose to purchase it via IAP or if you subscribe to their Sago Mini World it is included)
  56. Sharing with Duckie Deck by Duckie Deck Development, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sharing-with-duckie-deck/id574861323, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $2.99
  57. Shoe the Goose apps (faves are… Monster Truck Doodle, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/monster-truck-doodle/id794631371, iOS Universal, iOS 13.0 or later, $.99; Cookie Doodle, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/cookie-doodle/id342128086, iOS Universal, iOS 13.0 or later, $.99 – both can be used on older iOS if previously purchased it)
  58. Spark Speech – Core Verbs by Jesse Emling
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/spark-speech-core-verbs/id1534629064, iPad only, iOS 12 or later, $1.99 (9 mini books targeting the following verbs: go, stop, turn, push, pull, make, open, close, play; there are no voiceovers)
  59. Super Hen Hunt – Maze for Kids by Busy Things Limited, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/super-hen-hunt-maze-for-kids/id1269053210, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $1.99. Fun way to target Core Vocabulary (go, turn, look, open, help, open, etc…) plus directional concepts (forward, back, right, left).
  60. The Zwuggels – Beach Holidays and Treasure Hunt by Ploosh GmbH, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-zwuggels-beach-holidays-and-treasure-hunt/id1143084088, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-zwuggels-beach-holidays-and-treasure-hunt/id1143084088, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $2.99. Full review & list of Core Vocabulary in each section of the game: https://bit.ly/2FhhNRW
  61. Toca Boca apps (lots of great apps…. here are some of my faves: Toca Pet Doctor, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/toca-pet-doctor/id808108897, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $3.99; Toca Tea Party, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/toca-tea-party/id424174500, iPad only, iOS 10.0 or later, $3.99; Toca Train, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/toca-train/id521640355, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $3.99; Toca Kitchen Monsters, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/toca-kitchen-monsters/id510301841, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, FREE; Toca Hair Salon Me, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/toca-hair-salon-me/id730873197, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $3.99; Toca Store, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/toca-store/id442705759, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $3.99; Toca Dance Free, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/toca-dance-free/id1091215595, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, FREE (there is also a full version of the app for $3.99))
  62. Toddlers: Round and round by Droplace, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/toddlers-round-and-round/id1195530606, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE
  63. Wee Taps apps (a few faves… Wee Trains, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/wee-trains/id1040501662, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $2.99; Wee Subs, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/wee-subs/id583712953, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $2.99; Moon Tunes – Music Player For Kids, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/moon-tunes-music-player-for-kids/id928624034, iPad only, iOS 7.1 or later, FREE)
  64. Where Is My Little Square Bear? by Eli Hooper, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/where-is-my-little-square-bear/id1200609756, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, FREE (see this post for free printables that I made for this app: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2020/07/17/free-app-pdf-with-8-pages-of-free-printables-to-target-core-vocabulary-articulation-rhyming-created-by-angela-moorad-ms-ccc-slp-omazing-kids/)
  65. WoodieHoo Pirates by RTL DISNEY Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/woodiehoo-pirates/id1459250037, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, currently FREE (also: WoodieHoo Dress Up: Animal Fun, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/woodiehoo-dress-up-animal-fun/id1450403346, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, currently FREE; WoodieHoo Birthday Party, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/woodiehoo-birthday-party/id1475606131, iOS Universal, iOS 12.0 or later, currently FREE; WoodieHoo Animal Friends World, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/woodiehoo-animal-friends-world/id1354902296, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE)
  66. Yammy Yam by VLADIMIR KRUCHININ, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/yammy-yam/id1240704838, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE

For older kids & teens, I also use a variety of sports-themed and game apps:

  1. Air Hockey by Acceleroto, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/air-hockey/id286106725, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, $.99
  2. Basketball Arcade Pro by Buildandteach Media, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/basketball-arcade-pro/id1495596014, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, currently FREE
  3. Battle Pinball by Tuokio Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/battle-pinball/id1316894856, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, FREE
  4. Do Not Touch (by Nickelodeon) by Nickelodeon, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/do-not-touch-by-nickelodeon/id1355139969, iOS Universal, iOS 11.0 or later (an AR app that works on compatible devices), FREE
  5. Galaxy Bowling by Jason Allen, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/galaxy-bowling/id441222559, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $3.99
  6. iBasket Pro- Street Basketball by Ludei, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ibasket-pro-street-basketball/id370402172, iOS Universal, iOS 7.0 or later, $2.99
  7. Sprinkle Junior by Mediocre AB, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sprinkle-junior/id474724068, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later, $1.99
  8. Thinkrolls by AVOKIDDO, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/thinkrolls/id917176209, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $3.99
  9. Thinkrolls 2 by AVOKIDDO, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/thinkrolls-2/id968707176, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later, $3.99
  10. Unicorn Glitterluck by HABA by Fox and Sheep GmbH, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/unicorn-glitterluck-by-haba/id1051209606, iOS Universal, iOS 11.0 or later, $3.99
  11. World Cup Soccer by Inclusive Technology Ltd, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/world-cup-soccer/id1236162636, iPad only, iOS 6.0 or later, $2.99

And for those who love using Boom Cards there are several great decks targeting Core Vocabulary.

In case anyone needs help getting started with Boom Cards:

1. Sign up for the free Starter account: https://wow.boomlearning.com

2. Install the free app on your iPad. Boom Cards by Omega Labs, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/boom-cards/id1041141473, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, FREE). If you use an Android tablet look for the app in the Google Play App Store.

3. Then start searching through their store for Boom Card decks. There are lots of great free ones. Every Friday you can search by “flashfridayfreebie” and find several. But you can find others just by looking through the store. It’s kind of like Teachers Pay Teachers in that many of the creators have at least one free item. The “paid” ones are on a point system. Many of the sellers over on TPT also have Boom Cards there. When you download one there it will contain a link to unlock the deck over on the Boom Learning site.

4. I haven’t tried creating my own Boom Card decks yet so I don’t know how easy it is… I just recently started looking at them to see what all the buzz was about.

5. If you’ve followed my page for many years and have used lots of apps, Boom Cards seem to be the fad right now (like when apps first came out). But even the best Boom Card decks that I’ve seen aren’t anywhere near the quality of a well designed app. It will be interesting to see how sustainable Boom Cards will be since most of the folks are looking for free decks.
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Looking for apps to target other goals? Take a look at this post…. some of those apps are no longer available but it’s at least a good starting point: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/12/31/the-ipad-the-slp-in-2017-app-list-for-slps-sorted-by-goal-area/ (I’m in the process of working on a new version of that post but it will be awhile since there are so many apps to go through)
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It took me 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 it 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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