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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. 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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