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Early Intervention Speech Therapy

The Cookie Doodle App!

Published January 20, 2012 9:30 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Who doesn't love a really good chocolate chip cookie? Or maybe you prefer oatmeal cookies with rainbow sprinkles? What about shortbread, snickerdoodles or sugar cookies?

Whatever your preference, you can make all of these and many more with just the click of a button and 99 cents! The only problem is...they are NOT edible! No, these cookies are not for consumption. Instead of slaving away in the kitchen, you create them using a wonderful app called Cookie Doodle!

As I mentioned in Tuesday's post, although many apps were not originally designed to be used with children with special needs, they can in fact be an extremely useful tool for developing a child's speech and language skills.

With the Cookie Doodle app, a child can choose:

  • Whether to make instant cookies or follow a recipe
  • The type of cookie dough recipe they would like to make (which includes everything from cranberry to peanut butter to mint and chip!)
  • The cookie cutter shape they would like to use (which includes letters and numbers, animals, holiday shapes and a wide variety of other familiar shapes, such as flowers, stars, etc.)
  • The color frosting they would like to use (25 color options!)
  • The type of sprinkles they would like to use (a variety of sizes and colors)
  • Candy toppings (everything from butterscotch chips to marshmallows)
  • And other tools such as piping and writing a message on the cookie

As you can see, there are a multitude of choices leaving much room for vocabulary growth and development, not to mention creativity!

Additionally, as the child follows the recipe the iPad becomes very interactive, helping to hold the child's attention, build vocabulary and use fine motor skills!

Some of the interactive recipe steps include:

  • Sifting the flour (turn the sifter wheel!)
  • Cracking the egg
  • Slicing the butter
  • Pouring the vanilla (turn the iPad as if to pour out)
  • Shaking the salt (gently shake the iPad)
  • Squeezing the food coloring
  • Measuring out the baking powder
  • Baking the cookie
  • Eating the cookie (of course!)

Each recipe is different; therefore, the ingredients vary, helping to expand vocabulary and adding a bit of wonder to this imaginative program! It is definitely one of my iPad favorites!


We love the whole line of doodle apps!  Cupcakes, cookies, candy, all great for working on the "K" sound as well!

Holly Cook January 27, 2012 2:55 PM

I have been using this app for a couple of months now and imy kids and I love it!!! Glad to see your review very accurate.

Natalia De la Rosa, SLp January 20, 2012 2:40 PM

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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