The 3 Best Speech and Language Apps For Kids
In today’s world, we worry about the amount of technology to which our kids are exposed. Television, computers, iPads, smart phones…they are everywhere. And, children are more and more adept at using them. Kids seem to master technology in mere minutes. (At times, kids can make you feel like a dinosaur when you don’t see where to click as fast as they do!)
But, while today’s technology can provide information and entertainment, in some cases, it can provide learning opportunities and even therapy. Yes, I did say therapy. This is where you learn to appreciate all that technology has to offer.
Parents of children who face speech therapy issues may find today’s technology can assist them at home with work that is being done in office sessions with a qualified speech therapist. Your therapist may even recommend some specific apps for your children to work on while at home – which reinforces the work being done in therapy and makes your child happy, too. This are the best Speech and Language Apps For Kids!
There are a wide variety of speech and language applications available for kids who are working to improve their communications skills. Let’s take a look at some of the best speech and language apps that are available for kids.
Best Speech and Language Apps For Kids
Articulation Station is an excellent app for learning how to pronounce the consonant sounds. Made by Little Bee Speech, it provides 6 different articulation activities for practicing English language consonants.
Kids will be engaged by the images and activities, and parents will love the ability to create customized word lists and have their child record and playback their own voice while practicing. This app has a free version for you to try which will give you access to the letter “P” and allow you to make an informed choice as to whether this app is right for your child.
Should you decide yes, all of the consonants are available in the Pro version which costs $59.99, or you can purchase each consonant as a separate download (prices range from $3.99 – $7.99 per letter). And, there is a Spanish version available, also.
The next app I’d like to mention is ArtikPix, by Expressive Solutions, which works on articulation through the use of flashcards and matching activities. ArtikPix has built in decks of cards for easy immediate use by kids. Additionally, ArtikPix does allow you to make your own customized decks – which is great feature and can be done by parents or children.
Additionally, it records audio and video of your child as they work through the decks. You can see a demonstration of all the latest bells and whistles in ArtikPix by watching a YouTube video they have share here. ArtikPix costs $29.99.
Developed by the National Association for Child Development and costing only 4.99, Speech Therapy for Apraxia is designed for children with this motor speech disorder. This application contains 8 different consonant groups (total of 19 consonant sounds) with 8 levels of practice to choose from.
Illustrations and audio are included, along with the ability to repeat or reset levels as needed. One nice feature of this app is that progress can be tracked and emailed which is great for sharing with your speech therapist. He/she will easily be able to see what your child is working on at home to reinforce the work being done during therapy sessions.
The images are particularly engaging with this app and I love that the prompts are available in American English, British English, or Australian English. Additionally, you can add your own pictures and record your own voice prompts. SpeechBox costs $9.99.
As parents, we want to make sure technology is being used to its fullest potential. And, if it can aid our children in improving their communication skills due to a speech disorder – even better. So these are my recommendations for four of the best speech and languages apps for children available today.
Do you have recommendations for apps that you have found? Has your therapist recommended apps to you? Be sure to share them here so we can all help each other and our children.