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All Tactus Therapy Apps are on sale during May for Better Hearing and Speech Month (#BHSM)! Read our reviews and download the free lite versions to try out some of the activities in the full apps before taking advantage of the sale! Find all download links here.

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Turn-Talking Turn-Talking by RJ Cooper & Associates, Inc.

Price: $1.99 USD

Conversation trainer for all types of persons with disabilities. Specifically helpful for those with ASD/autism. Allows scripting, prompting, modeling, and pacing a conversation between the challenged.

Was $4.99 now Free

Missing Letter Articulation Missing Letter Articulation by Erik X. Raj

Price: $4.99 USD

Created by Erik X. Raj, M.S., CCC-SLP, Missing Letter Articulation is an interactive app for your iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, and iPod touch that features over 1,000 sound-specific articulation word puzzles.

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aacorn AAC aacorn AAC by aacorn

Price: $69.99 USD

Back to School AACessAbility Sale: For a limited time save a huge 50% on the regular price of AACorn. Get the top user rated assistive communication solution for non-verbal and speech delayed children.

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Was $7.99 now $4.99

ASL Dictionary HD American Sign Language ASL Dictionary HD American Sign Language by Software Studios LLC

Price: $5.99 USD

ASL Dictionary HD - Special Edition. This app has it all. Over 5000 ASL Videos

***NOTE** DOWNLOAD MAY TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO START. Please download over a good wifi internet connection.

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Was $14.99 now $9.99

Fun With R Fun With R by Virtual Speech Center Inc.

Price: $14.99 USD

****LOVE being able to progress monitor and plan future lessons based on progress! (Speech Time Fun)****
****Fun with R is great for fun and ongoing practice of the ’R’ sound. (Nikki Heyman, SLP.

Was $16.99 now $12.99

Syntax Workout Syntax Workout by Virtual Speech Center Inc.

Price: $16.99 USD

****This app provides a fun way to target many different grammatical constructs. The bowling theme is lots of fun! Every child who has tried the app has requested using it again during the next therapy.

Was $19.99 now $14.99

Comprehension Aphasia Comprehension Aphasia by Virtual Speech Center Inc.

Price: $19.99 USD

****I like that this app includes so many different activity choices and different levels. One thing that this app includes that most do not is background noise. This is great for working on a student.

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Auditory Reasoning Auditory Reasoning by Virtual Speech Center Inc.

Price: $24.99 USD

The Auditory Reasoning app was created by a certified speech and language pathologist for students, ages 6 and up with central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) or other related disorders (e.g., receptive.

Was $24.99 now $19.99

School of Multi-Step Directions School of Multi-Step Directions by Virtual Speech Center Inc.

Price: $24.99 USD

*** Winner of 20th Annual BESSIE Awards (Best Educational Software Awards)
****As a speech language pathologist, I loved this app from Virtual Speech Center. As far as apps for following directions.

Was $4.99 now $2.99

Caveman Time Machine - Basic Concepts Caveman Time Machine - Basic Concepts by Super Duper Publications

Price: $4.99 USD

Take a trip through time with Kenny the Caveman to learn 54 basic concepts. This interactive, fully animated app teaches colors, descriptive words, location words, and more. Children take Kenny’s time.

Was $3.99 now $2.99

Opposites Fun Deck Opposites Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $3.99 USD

This colorful educational App for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 56 illustrated picture flash cards (plus audio of each card’s text) from the Opposites Fun Deck® by Super Duper® Publications.

Was $3.99 now $2.99

Is & Are Fun Deck Is & Are Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $3.99 USD

This colorful educational App for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 52 illustrated picture flash cards (plus audio of each card’s text) from the Is & Are Fun Deck® by Super Duper® Publications.

Was $9.99 now $4.99

Kangaroo Island Classifying Kangaroo Island Classifying by Super Duper Publications

Price: $9.99 USD

Welcome to Kangaroo Island Photo Classifying where children learn to name and classify 336 items in 15 different categories:

• Animals
• Bathroom
• Clothing
• Colors
• Foods.

Was $29.99 now $19.99

Word FLiPS Word FLiPS by Super Duper Publications

Price: $29.99 USD

Word FLiPS App is a must for children with limited speech, unintelligible speech, and/or childhood apraxia of speech! Teach functional vocabulary words, such as greetings and requests (for example, "hi.

Was $4.99 now $2.99

Food Frenzy: Following Directions Food Frenzy: Following Directions by Super Duper Publications

Price: $4.99 USD

Can you prepare the food and deliver the customers’ orders before time runs out? Food Frenzy is a fun and engaging app for the iPad® that helps students practice following six important types of directions.

Was $3.99 now $2.99

Understanding Inferences Fun Deck Understanding Inferences Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $3.99 USD

This colorful educational App for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPodTouch® has all 52 illustrated picture flash cards (plus audio of the text on each card) from the Understanding Inferences Fun Deck® by.

Was $3.99 now $2.99

What Are They Asking? Fun Deck What Are They Asking? Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $3.99 USD

This colorful educational app for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 56 illustrated picture flash cards (plus audio of each card text) from the What Are They Asking? Fun Deck® by Super Duper.

Was $3.99 now $2.99

If ... Then ... Fun Deck If ... Then ... Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $3.99 USD

This colorful, educational problem-solving App for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod Touch® has all 52 illustrated picture flash cards (plus audio of each card text) from the If… Then… Fun Deck® by.

Was $5.99 now $3.99

Comprehending Negation in Sentences Super Fun Deck Comprehending Negation in Sentences Super Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $5.99 USD

This colorful educational App for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 112 illustrated prompts (plus audio for each statement) from the Comprehending Negation in Sentences Fun Deck® by Super.

Was $3.99 now $2.99

Name That Around The Home Category! Fun Deck Name That Around The Home Category! Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $3.99 USD

This colorful educational App for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 56 illustrated picture flash cards (plus audio of each card’s text) from the Name That Around The Home Category! Fun .

Was $3.99 now $2.99

How? Fun Deck How? Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $3.99 USD

This colorful educational App for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 52 illustrated picture cards (plus audio of each card text) from the How? Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications. Select .

Was $3.99 now $2.99

Compare and Contrast Fun Deck Compare and Contrast Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $3.99 USD

This colorful educational app for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 52 illustrated picture flash cards (plus audio for each card) from the Compare & Contrast Fun Deck® by Super Duper® Publications.

Was $3.99 now $2.99

What Would You Do in the Community If ... Fun Deck What Would You Do in the Community If ... Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $3.99 USD

This colorful educational App for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 56 illustrated picture flash cards (plus audio of each card’s text) from the What Would You Do in the Community if… .

Was $3.99 now $2.99

Let's Predict Fun Deck Let's Predict Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $3.99 USD

This colorful educational app for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 56 illustrated picture flash cards (plus audio of each card text) from the Let’s Predict Fun Deck® by Super Duper® .

Was $9.99 now $5.99

Adjective Remix Adjective Remix by Smarty Ears

Price: $9.99 USD

Adjective Remix targets practicing vocabulary knowledge of qualifying words (aka adjectives). Vocabulary building is valuable for many young children with developmental delays and language disorders (.

Was $19.99 now $1.99

Minimal Pairs: Minimal Pairs: by Therapy Box Limited

Price: $3.99 USD

Minimal Pairs is a fun and engaging application for working on speech sound discrimination and production. The app is designed for children with developmental communication difficulties and also adults.

Was $12.99 now $1.99

Phonics Keyboard Phonics Keyboard by Therapy Box Limited

Price: $4.99 USD

Phonics Keyboard is the first keyboard designed for little spellers and early readers. Sound out each word as you spell it. Use the fun and friendly images on each key to help find the letters. Designed.

Was $12.99 now $1.99

Rhyming Bus: sounds for spelling + reading Rhyming Bus: sounds for spelling + reading by Therapy Box Limited

Price: $4.99 USD

Rhyme judgement is a key skill for early reading and speech development. Help Dubdub and his friends board the rhyming bus! 6 characters wait at the bus stop, but only those with a word that rhymes with.

Was $12.99 now $1.99

Odd One Out: categories and sorting Odd One Out: categories and sorting by Therapy Box Limited

Price: $1.99 USD

Odd One Out is a fun and engaging game for children to work on categorisation/semantic reasoning skills. Working with Dubdub, simply choose the object which doesn't belong from the items presented on .

Was $49.99 now $24.99, read our review
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Word Vault Pro Word Vault Pro by HomeSpeechHome PLLC

Price: $49.99 USD

*** "This app is worth every single penny!" - SLP_Shannon
*** "I absolutely love this app." - Amy, SLP ***

The ultimate tool for SLPs, parents, teachers, and professionals to teach articulation.

Was $3.99 now $2.99

Irregular Verbs Fun Deck Irregular Verbs Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $3.99 USD

This colorful educational App for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 52 illustrated picture flash cards (plus audio of each card’s text) from the Irregular Verbs Fun Deck® by Super Duper.

Was $3.99 now $2.99

Plurals Fun Deck Plurals Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $3.99 USD

This colorful educational App for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 56 illustrated picture flash cards (plus audio of each card’s text) from the Plurals Fun Deck® by Super Duper® Publications.

Was $3.99 now $2.99

WH Questions at School Fun Deck WH Questions at School Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $3.99 USD

This colorful, educational social skills App for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 56 illustrated picture flash cards (plus audio of each card text) from the “WH” Questions At School .

Was $3.99 now $2.99

Adjectives Fun Deck Adjectives Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $3.99 USD

This colorful educational App for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 52 illustrated picture flash cards (plus audio of each card’s text) from the Adjectives Fun Deck® by Super Duper® Publications.

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Yes Or No? Fun Deck Yes Or No? Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $3.99 USD

This colorful educational App for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 52 illustrated picture flash cards (plus audio of each card’s text) from the Yes or No? Fun Deck® by Super Duper® Publications.

Was $3.99 now $2.99

Synonyms Photo Fun Deck Synonyms Photo Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $3.99 USD

This educational vocabulary App for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 56 full-color photo cards (plus audio of each card’s text) from the Synonyms Photo Fun Deck® App by Super Duper® .

Was $11.99 now $8.99

InferQuest Pro: Inferences and Reasoning Questions InferQuest Pro: Inferences and Reasoning Questions by Super Duper Publications

Price: $11.99 USD

InferQuest Inferencing Games

Let’s go on a quest to learn eight different types of inferences!

This educational app from Super Duper Publications teaches students how to determine the .

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Super Duper Idioms Pro Super Duper Idioms Pro by Super Duper Publications

Price: $26.99 USD

Do your students need to learn to read between the lines? Have you bent over backwards trying to find a great way to teach idioms? Well this app makes learning idioms a piece of cake!

This educational.

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Webber Photo Artic Castle Pro Webber Photo Artic Castle Pro by Super Duper Publications

Price: $39.99 USD

Webber Photo Articulation Castle is an educational app for speech pathologists from Super Duper Publications. It has 3,000 PHOTO-WORDS with 24 PHONEMES for students to practice their articulation skills.

Was $3.99 now $2.99

Possessive Nouns in Sentences Fun Deck Possessive Nouns in Sentences Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $3.99 USD

This educational vocabulary App for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 56 full-color photo cards (plus audio of each card’s text) from the Possessive Nouns in Sentences Fun Deck® App by.

Was $3.99 now $2.99

Fun Deck® Following Directions Fun Deck® Following Directions by Super Duper Publications

Price: $3.99 USD

This colorful educational App for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 52 illustrated picture flash cards (plus audio of each card text) from the Following Directions Fun Deck® by Super Duper.

Was $3.99 now $2.99

Regular Past Tense Verbs Fun Deck Regular Past Tense Verbs Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $3.99 USD

This colorful educational App for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 52 illustrated picture flash cards (plus audio of each card’s text) from the Regular Past Tense Verbs Fun Deck® by Super.

Was $5.99 now $3.99

Pronoun Fill-In Super Fun Deck Pronoun Fill-In Super Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $5.99 USD

This colorful educational App for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 120 illustrated picture flash cards (plus audio of each card’s text) from the 120 Pronoun Fill-in Sentence Cards Super.

Was $24.99 now $18.99

Auditory Memory For Quick Stories Auditory Memory For Quick Stories by Super Duper Publications

Price: $24.99 USD

Our best-selling Auditory Memory for Quick Stories Interactive CD-ROM is now available as a fun and engaging app! This colorful app for the iPad® uses the same illustrated, narrated stories from the .

Was $2.99 now $0.99, read our review

Key Verbs with Steffy & James Key Verbs with Steffy & James by Language And Learning Steps Pty.Ltd

Price: $2.99 USD

Key Verbs with Steffy and James is a simple, fun, interactive action app, designed to teach a range of verbs using a predictable format of present tense command, followed by descriptions in present, and.

Was $24.99 now $12.99, read our review

Key Word Kids Key Word Kids by Language And Learning Steps Pty.Ltd

Price: $24.99 USD

"Great app for practising expressive and receptive language skills and following directions." - The iMums

Key Word Kids is an educational therapy program app, supporting children's language development.

Was $3.99 now $2.99

Listening for Absurdities Fun Deck Listening for Absurdities Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $3.99 USD

This colorful educational app for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 54 illustrated picture flash cards (plus audio for each card) from the Listening for Absurdities Fun Deck® by Super Duper.

Was $3.99 now $2.99

What Would You Do at School If Fun Deck What Would You Do at School If Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $3.99 USD

This colorful, educational social skills App for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 56 illustrated picture flash cards (plus audio of each card text) from the What Would You Do at School If.

Was $3.99 now $2.99

How Would You Feel If ... Fun Deck How Would You Feel If ... Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications

Price: $3.99 USD

This colorful, educational social skills App for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 56 illustrated picture flash cards (plus audio of each card text) from the How Would You Feel If ... Fun.

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WH Question Cards - Pro: Who, What, When, Where, Why WH Question Cards - Pro: Who, What, When, Where, Why by Super Duper Publications

Price: $11.99 USD

This educational app from Super Duper Publications teaches students how to correctly ask and answer WHO-WHAT-WHEN-WHERE-WHY questions. It has four entertaining learning games for each WH set of cards, .

Was $49.99 now $39.99

Webber BIG Apraxia Comprehensive Treatment Program Webber BIG Apraxia Comprehensive Treatment Program by Super Duper Publications

Price: $49.99 USD

This educational app for the iPad® has 562 full-color photo-word cards from the Webber® BIG Apraxia Photo Cards set by Super Duper® Publications. We have carefully organized the photo-word cards by.

Was $14.99 now $6.99

SpeechStickers SpeechStickers by Seriously Sticky LLC

Price: $14.99 USD

SpeechStickers playfully motivates young children with significant speech delay to practice the basic building blocks of speech. It was designed by a professional speech-language pathologist who specializes.

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Auditory Figure Ground AFG Auditory Figure Ground AFG by Foundations Developmental House, LLC

Price: $24.99 USD

Welcome to the Auditory Figure Ground (AFG) app! This app aims to improve an individual's ability to accurately perceive speech in the presence of background competing noise. This skill is important in.

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Apraxia Picture Sound Cards APSC Apraxia Picture Sound Cards APSC by Foundations Developmental House, LLC

Price: $89.99 USD

Evidence-Based Practice techniques for Apraxia. This app incorporates evidence-based treatment techniques using Hand Cues which are manual gestures used to mimic articulatory movements, leading to increasing.

Was $299.99 now $79.99

Apraxia Picture Sound Cards APSC Pro Apraxia Picture Sound Cards APSC Pro by Foundations Developmental House, LLC

Price: $179.99 USD

Evidence-Based Practice techniques for Apraxia. Patent pending therapist/parent sharing technology! Speech-EZ® is saving time for SLPs and increasing communication and participation between SLP and parent.

Was $199.99 now $99.99

Speak for Yourself Speak for Yourself by Speak for Yourself LLC

Price: $299.99 USD

Speak for Yourself is an application designed by two speech language pathologists specializing in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) with an evidence-based foundation. This application .

Was $24.99 now $20.99, read our review

Auditory Memory Ride Auditory Memory Ride by Virtual Speech Center Inc.

Price: $24.99 USD

****Auditory Memory Ride is a great tool I will use on a regular basis because it is flexible (I can easily control what it does for each specific child), entertaining, and hierarchical in its skill building.

Was $26.99 now $22.99, read our review

Apraxia RainbowBee Apraxia RainbowBee by Virtual Speech Center Inc.

Price: $26.99 USD

****I really like the fact that in addition to hearing the presented syllables, words and phrases you can play a brief video for the child which shows the actual mouth production of the presented stimulus.

Was $29.99 now $24.99, read our review
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Real Vocabulary Pro Real Vocabulary Pro by Virtual Speech Center Inc.

Price: $29.99 USD

****What I really like about this app: The depth and scope of this app which allows so many different aspects of vocabulary to be targeted. The ability to add your own words and notes.(Nikki Heyman,SLP.

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Auditory Processing Studio Auditory Processing Studio by Virtual Speech Center Inc.

Price: $29.99 USD

****Auditory Processing Studio is a great app for targeting CAPD and other Auditory Processing Disorders. With this app, you can target auditory discrimination, auditory closure, and phonological awareness.

Was $34.99 now $26.99, read our review
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Articulation Games Articulation Games by Virtual Speech Center Inc.

Price: $34.99 USD

"This application makes working on articulation skills exciting and motivating! There are four different games to use while practicing speech sounds. The animations are motivating for students (mine stood.


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Free lite version – Speech Sounds on Cue for iPad Lite (US English) – Mulitmedia Speech Pathology

Speech Sounds on Cue (US English) Speech Sounds on Cue (US English) by Mulitmedia Speech Pathology

Price: $12.99 USD

US English voice version of Speech Sounds on Cue!

Speech therapy treatment software for articulation difficulty caused by apraxia of speech or other speech difficulties. The aim of this app is .

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Speech Sounds For Kids - US Edition Speech Sounds For Kids - US Edition by Mulitmedia Speech Pathology

Price: $12.99 USD

Speech Sound for Kids is an iPad app for promoting phonemic awareness, auditory discrimination and speech sound production using a multi-sensory approach.

This app can provide many hours of speech.

Was $59.99 now $47.99, read our review
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Articulation Station Pro Articulation Station Pro by Little Bee Speech

Price: $59.99 USD

"Little Bee Speech has created a real gem. Articulation Station Pro is by far the best articulation app out there. It's a must have app in the S-LP toolbox!" -Renena Joy, SLP

Learn how to pronounce.

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Articulation Station Pro Español  –  Articulation Therapy for Spanish Articulation Station Pro Español – Articulation Therapy for Spanish by Little Bee Speech

Price: $44.99 USD

“This is one of the best speech-language therapy apps currently available in Spanish. My clients are familiar with the English version of Articulation Station Pro and are now able to work bilingually.

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Articulation Test Center Pro Articulation Test Center Pro by Little Bee Speech

Price: $59.99 USD

Created by certified Speech-Language Pathologists, Articulation Test Center Pro has all the elements needed for testing English speaking children and adults of all ages (2 yrs. - adult).

Articulation.

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Multi-Syllabic Word Party Multi-Syllabic Word Party by HomeSpeechHome PLLC

Price: $3.99 USD

Multi-syllabic Word Party is an interactive app for helping children learn and/or strengthen their phonological awareness skills which are critical for learning and maintaining reading skills.

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PrepPositions PrepPositions by Smarty Ears

Price: $19.99 USD

Prep Positions
Prep Positions is a multi-purpose app specifically designed to encourage language and formulating sentences containing prepositions. With 15 levels, multiple sentences for each level.

Note : These Apps are on sale for a limited time only and are subject to change at any time by the app developers. As prices vary in different country app stores, always check the price before downloading. If you like these app deals, be sure to share this post with your friends.

 

 

Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.


VowelViz Pro by SmartPalate International -Review




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What we love…

Visual feedback is an extremely helpful tool to shape vowels and vocalic /r/. Excellent potential for use with students with hearing impairments, apraxia, or for accent reduction.

What we’d love to see…

The ability to record speech attempts auditorily to provide auditory feedback on playback in addition to the visual feedback.
The ability for the SLP or parents to judge productions as right, wrong, or approximate as well as data tracking for individual students. Less inconsistency in the vowel mapping.

Summary

This app would be very beneficial to use in speech therapy with students with apraxia or hearing impairments. With a bit more fine tuning, this will be a truly wonderful app. The potential application for use in speech therapy is considerable and may be worth the investment especially if you have some tricky /r/ sounds to remediate.

Our Rating

Vowel Viz ProVowelViz Pro is a unique speech app that provides visual feedback to help shape vowel sounds. The app was created by SmartPalate International, LLC.
The targeting of vowel sounds can be a difficult endeavor as there really is no precise way to instruct a student in tongue placement or shape of the vocal tract for correct production. The production of vowels and vocalic /r/ has always been heavily dependent on the self-awareness of auditory feedback, until now. This innovative app provides the visual feedback that can facilitate the production of these sounds through real-time response.

iPhone Screenshot 4Using the device’s microphone, it maps out the user’s vowel production onto a grid called the vowel quadrilateral. The vowel quadrilateral is a visual representation of the position of the tongue during the production of vowels. The grid is designed to show the tongue’s height (high or low) in relation to its position from front to back of the mouth. For example, the top left quadrant contains the high front vowels /i:/ and /I/, while the bottom right includes the low back vowel /a:/.

The main screen allows you to select either vowels or vocalic /r/ to practice. There is also the option to “get training” where you can enter your email to receive tips and tutorial videos. I highly recommend watching these videos to ensure success when utilizing this app.

After a target vowel is selected, an auditory model of the sound can be played by touching the speaker in the top left of the screen. A flashcard with a word containing the target vowel can also be shown at the bottom. The student attempts to match the target sound by getting the orange tracking ball to land within the highlighted oval area on the grid. The mapping of the vowel is done in real-time allowing for immediate feedback and reinforcement of tongue position.

VowelViz Pro also provides vocalic /r/ targets. Anyone who has ever tried to get a child to produce /r/ with the correct tongue placement and tension knows what a challenge it can be. The use of visual feedback to help shape the sound is invaluable. In this module, the target is an oval shape containing the “R”. The trick is to get the orange ball to fall in the oval which would indicate the correct retroflex position. Tongue prompts such as “pull tongue back”, “raise tongue”, or “curl tongue” can be shown on the screen for additional prompting.

At the top right of the screen, you can find more information about the app. There is a pull down menu with basic instructions and troubleshooting help, an explanation of the vowel quadrilateral and vowel formants, a chart of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and links to the developer’s website for support.

The settings tab allows you to adjust the following:

  • Live Vowel Tail Length and Input Sensitivity can be adjusted with a slider bar.
  • Show tongue prompts: on/off
  • Show flash cards: on/off
  • Themes: Default – Planets – Flowers – Spelling – Colors – Sports

The applications of this tool are numerous. This app would be very beneficial to use in speech therapy with students with apraxia or hearing impairments. It would also be effective for accent reduction in helping to fine tune their productions of vowels. Any child struggling to produce vocalic /r/ would likely benefit from the visual feedback provided.

I personally used this app to successfully elicit a vocalic /r/ from a student previously not stimulable for the sound. The visual feedback gave the student a target she could shoot for that auditory feedback alone couldn’t provide. She was able to make the necessary adjustments to hit the target on her own with very little prompting from me. The look of pride on her face when she saw that she had hit the target was priceless.

However, this app is not without its flaws. On attempts to produce the /i:/ sound, my voice was consistently mapped in the upper right quadrant rather than the upper left. I was only able to hit the target on this sound, by dropping the pitch of my voice significantly. But for the most part, I was able to land within the target oval on other sounds.

With a bit more fine tuning, this will be a truly wonderful app. The potential application for use in speech therapy is considerable and may be worth the investment especially if you have some tricky /r/ sounds to remediate.

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Vowel Viz Pro Vowel Viz Pro by SmartPalate International, LLC

Price: $49.99 USD

VowelViz Pro takes the innovative speech mapping app, VowelViz, and makes it even more FUN! VowelViz Pro implements fun, new themes, flash cards, and Vocalic R View to help further engage students in.

Shari is a married mother of four from Illinois. She works as a speech pathologist in a rehab setting and loves to use apps in therapy. She is a self-proclaimed "Appaholic"- always on the look out for great apps!


Webber BIG Apraxia Photo Cards App from Super Duper – Review & Giveaway




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What we love…

Clear, colorful photos, helpful elicitation cues and visuals, activities to prompt multiple spontaneous productions, carefully selected targets progressing in complexity

What we’d love to see…

Expansion of word targets to include multisyllabic words for each phoneme and additional vowel targets such as dipthongs

Summary

A nice, high-quality app-version of Super Duper’s Webber BIG Apraxia Photo Cards. This app is a convenient and practical way to target apraxia of speech which children will love.

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Webber BIG Apraxia Photo Cards Comprehensive Treatment ProgramThe Webber BIG Apraxia Photo Cards App is a comprehensive collection of word cards complete with photographs, stories, activities, and production cues. The app developer, Super Duper, is the number one source for speech and language materials for children. This app is an adaptation of their BIG Apraxia Photo Card Set of 562 photo cards targeting syllable structures in a systematic way.

Apraxia of speech is a motor speech disorder which affects a child’s ability to combine and sequence speech sounds to form intelligible words and phrases. Individuals with childhood apraxia of speech require intensive therapy with visual prompts and placement cues to support their verbal attempts. This app is a wonderful approach to supply these necessary therapeutic cues in a fun and interactive way.

This app provides 20 picture cards for 21 different consonant sounds or phonemes organized by place of production (bilabials, dentals, alveolars, palatals, velars, and glottal). It also targets 10 vowel sounds (both long and short). For each sound, the words are presented by syllable structure based on ease of production. Starting with the earliest developing structures of VC (“up”) and CV (“paw”) and progressing to more complex syllables like CVCV (“puppy”) and CVCVC (“paper”). The words were carefully selected to be appropriate targets gradually increasing in complexity of production across syllable structures.

iPad Screenshot 4Each phoneme has a helpful description and visual which allows the child to associate the placement/production with that particular sound. For example, /p/ is known as “The Popcorn Sound” which helps the child remember that air has to “pop” from their lips when making the sound. For each sound, there are 20 picture cards targeting the different syllable shapes (CV, CVCV, CVC, etc). There is also a story which provides auditory bombardment of the target sound which allow the children to hear the sound several times in connected speech.

To help elicit the production of each phoneme, several cues are provided (verbal, visual/tactile, elicitation). Here are examples of the cues for “The Popcorn Sound”:

Verbal Cue: Close your lips. Pop your lips open with a puff of air.

Visual/Tactile Cue: Place fingertips of open hand on closed lips and move outward quickly as sound is made.

Elicitation: Blow out with a long breath. Use lips to break up the breath into shorter and shorter bursts of air.

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Finally, there are activities corresponding to each word card allowing for additional spontaneous practice of the word. These activities include:

(Examples from /s/- “The Snake Sound”)

Learn the Definition: A saw is a sharp hand tool for cutting wood.

Hear and Say the Sounds: 1. Saw has two sounds in it, s – aw.

  1.               Say /s/. Say /aw/.
  2.                                            Say saw.

Finish the Sentence: Sue cut the wood with her ______.

Answer the Question: What is a sharp hand tool for cutting wood?

Complete the Rhyme: Paw rhymes with ______.

Repeat the Phrases/Sentences: 1. A saw.

  1.               Used a saw.
  2.               Sue used a saw.

These activities not only provide repetitive motor planning practice which is so vital in apraxia therapy, but also meaningful vocabulary and language learning which adds to the app’s usefulness and versatility.

The design of the app allows easy access to all sounds and formats (cards, story, activities). In landscape view, the sounds are listed in a scrolling menu on the left. With a menu on the bottom, you can easily select from word cards, story, cue, activities, and notes. In portrait view, the side menu is hidden allowing for full screen view of the photo cards and other activities, but the phoneme menu is accessible with a quick swipe.

The settings tab allows you to select targets for each child either by phoneme (sound) or by syllable structure (CV, VC, CVCV, etc). There is also the ability to keep track of correct and incorrect productions and also to take notes. The notes template automatically populates with date and time to help keep track of progress over time.

Super Duper has come up with a nice, high-quality app-version of their Webber BIG Apraxia Photo Cards. While this app is geared towards speech language pathologists, any parent who has a son or daughter with childhood apraxia of speech could utilize this app along with the support of their child’s SLP. This app is in no way a substitute for the expertise of a speech professional, but the cues and activities provided could be a helpful support in daily home practice. It is also a wonderful tool to support phonological awareness and literacy skills. With its easy to navigate format, carefully selected targets, systematically organized word cards, and useful cues and activities, this app is a convenient and practical way to target apraxia of speech which children will love.

iTunes Link: Webber BIG Apraxia Photo Cards Comprehensive Treatment Program – Super Duper Publications

Webber BIG Apraxia Comprehensive Treatment Program Webber BIG Apraxia Comprehensive Treatment Program by Super Duper Publications

Price: $49.99 USD

This educational app for the iPad® has 562 full-color photo-word cards from the Webber® BIG Apraxia Photo Cards set by Super Duper® Publications. We have carefully organized the photo-word cards by.

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Word Vault Pro by Home Speech Home- Review + Giveaway



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What we love…

Well organized, easy to navigate; wonderful resource of speech and language targets; beautiful colored photographs depicting words and concepts

What we’d love to see…

Visual support added to more modules, addition of reward activity.

Summary

The wealth of content found in this app is unmatched making it an invaluable tool for any speech pathologist or teacher to have handy for generating examples of language concepts or word lists for articulation targets.

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Word Vault ProWord Vault Pro is a wonderful collection of speech and language targets developed by a married pair of  Speech-Language Pathologists from Home-Speech-Home.com.  Their website has a wealth of information regarding speech and language development and disorders.

In simplest terms, Word Vault Pro is an organized assortment of word lists and language stimuli for use primarily in speech therapy.  It was designed to provide easy access to speech and language targets for a variety of needs.   It could be thought of as a one-stop shop with extensive content covering a wide range of speech, language, and pragmatic skills.

The interface is intuitive and easy to navigate and the design is clean and sophisticated.  You can create profiles for each user and can keep track of data for up to 10 users at a time. You also have the ability to create groups of users which would be helpful for use in therapy sessions.  It provides the flexibility to track data and audio recordings for each individual user across all 4 of the modules.  It also has the ability to send data via email in order to share progress with parents.

Another wonderful feature is the ability to add, delete or edit content with ease making this app truly versatile and limitless in potential targets.  Not only can you add words and pictures, but audio recordings as well.

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The 4 modules are as follows: Articulation, Language, Phonology, and Social. The Articulation and Phonology modules provide lists of words to target in speech therapy.

In the Articulation Module, there are 87 word lists organized by sounds, syllable, and position (initial, medial, final, & blends) along with more than 8100 phrases/sentences and 115 stories for targeted articulation practice.  The complexity can be set from single or multi-syllable targets to phrases, sentences and reading passages.  Flexibility of targets is so useful when helping a child move from simple to more complex targets and contexts.  In the articulation module of the Pro version, beautiful colored photographs are available for each word by swiping down on the word card.  These pictures wonderfully convey the meaning of each concept.

The Phonology Module includes multisyllabic and final cluster words and over 450 minimal contrast pairs (i.e. rake/wake) organized by sound substitutions which are helpful for developing auditory discrimination as well as phonological awareness skills.  Photographs are only available for multisyllabic words in this module.

The Language module contains the most variety with 30 different categories including: grammatical constructs such as adjectives, pronouns and verb tenses as well as more abstract language concepts such as similes/metaphors, sequencing, and analogies.  The question folder has several subcategories including all wh- questions, yes/no, true/false, and function of objects.  The nice thing about the language module is that it contains content appropriate for both children and adults as in the following directions and stories categories.  It even provides communicative temptations and common first words and signs for use with pre-verbal children.  Unfortunately, there are no visual supports for these two categories as of yet.

The Social module includes the following categories: conversation starters, emotions, idioms, inferencing, jokes, problem solving, and proverbs.  There are wonderful photographs depicting the emotions with 3-9 synonyms within each folder.  For the idioms and proverbs, explanations of the meanings are included which is a nice feature.  And what child doesn’t like learning a good joke? Jokes are also a great way to teach multiple meanings and play on words.

 

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Pros……

There are many features I love about this app: it is well organized & easy to navigate, a wonderful resource of speech and language targets and includes beautiful colored photographs depicting words and concepts.

Cons…..

The app itself does not need to be directly manipulated by the child.  It is meant to be more of an organized resource of word lists and examples utilized by a speech therapist or caregiver.  As such, it is often necessary to ask a question directly or provide a verbal model to the child.  This would especially be true for pre-readers.

While many of the articulation targets have accompanying audio and/or photos (Pro Version only), there are many modules which lack visual support.  This may not always be a necessary feature, but it is definitely needed for the common first words and first 100 signs sections.  It would be especially nice if the first signs list had videos of each of the presented signs.

Finally, it would be necessary to use this app in conjunction with another activity or game to keep the child’s interest as there are no rewards or motivational features within the app itself.

Summary

Overall, the wealth of content found in this app is unmatched.  While most apps focus on one specific content area (i.e. articulation, language), this app dares to provide targets across 4 distinct areas.  As such, this app would be an invaluable tool for any speech pathologist or teacher to have handy for generating examples of language concepts or word lists for articulation targets.  Parents looking to enhance their child’s speech and language skills would also find this app extremely helpful.  But don’t just stop at speech and language.  Because of the open-ended nature of the content, you can adapt the material to target an even wider variety of needs including fluency, voice, and literacy skills.  It is truly an ideal collection of stimuli to have at your disposal.

iTunes Link for full version:
Word Vault Pro – Home-Speech-Home.com

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Price: $49.99 USD

*** "This app is worth every single penny!" - SLP_Shannon
*** "I absolutely love this app." - Amy, SLP ***

The ultimate tool for SLPs, parents, teachers, and professionals to teach articulation.

iTunes Link for lite version:Word Vault Essential – Home-Speech-Home.com

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Price: $FREE

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Shari is a married mother of four from Illinois. She works as a speech pathologist in a rehab setting and loves to use apps in therapy. She is a self-proclaimed "Appaholic"- always on the look out for great apps!

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