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A Pediatric Perspective

Helpful Apps for Vocalization Practice

Published January 10, 2014 9:52 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
As I mentioned in last week's blog a new pilot study has that found children with autism had increased vocalization with the help of augmentative apps used on iPads.  It is believed that because the augmentative apps are saying the words the children are hearing the same way each and every time the children hearing those words are better able to repeat them.  What is nice is that more and more families are able to afford tablets over augmentative devices as they are less expensive and easily available.

As I mentioned last week I would like to share some of the more popular augmentative apps this week.  A few that I have heard children enjoy using and have been found to be useful by therapists are:

  • Articulation Station - good for early sounds
  • Pocket Artic - over 300 cards (1000 at each level)
  • Webber Photo Artic Castle - practice articulation skills at the word, phrase, and sentence level
  • ArtikPix - flashcard and matching activities for children with speech sound delays
  • See.Touch.Learn - Designed by professionals specifically for those with autism and other special needs.
  • Tiga Talk Speech Therapy Games - "is a fun way for children to develop speech sounds through playful voice-controlled games that can improve speech clarity, articulation, and instill confidence."

These are a few of the apps that are available and have been found to be useful by therapists for helping children who are delayed in learning how to vocalize.  As I'm sure everyone is aware there are more apps out there but these are the ones that come up the most frequently on everyone's favorite lists.

Have you had any success with a specific app when it comes to working with children with speech delays or with children on the Autism spectrum?  I would love to hear which ones you have found useful and which ones have not helped at all.



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