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Receptive Language Assessment

Published September 12, 2012 11:50 AM by Jeremy Legaspi

Last week we took a look at Common Core Language Assessment by Smarty Ears Apps. So staying with the theme of iPad assessment apps, here is another one called Receptive Language Assessment. It's developed by The Speech and Language Store and costs $24.99. The Speech and Language Store are the developers of Splingo's Universe so this app also includes Splingo as reinforcement if you want that option. This is another non-normed language assessment you can use to get a feel for your student or client's receptive language abilities. 



The app has the ability to keep track of multiple student profiles that are saved by name and birthdate. It will also keep track of complete and incomplete assessments and allow you to go back and "retest" at a later date to track progress on the specific goals you are targeting. You can also print out or email an assessment report identifying the strength and weaknesses identified by the assessment.

You are able to begin this assessment for any of the four built in levels.

Level 11 main word- object nouns, pronouns, location nouns, verbs, prepositions, and adjectives

Level 2: 2 main words- 7 different sentence types e.g., object-person, adjective-object etc.

Level 3: 3 main words- 7 different sentence types e.g., adjective-object-location, person-action-location etc.

Level 4: 4 main words- 7 different sentence types, e.g., object-preposition-adjective-location, person-action-preposition-location etc...

I like the fact that for the verb section of the assessment the characters actually move and act out the verbs.  Two things I didn't like are on the screens where they ask "Find the girl's orange etc..." the pictures are too close together and it deserves a line clearly separating the belongings you are looking for. Also I am not a big fan of the arrows (similar to Splingo's Language Universe) they use to prompt where to place an object. Overall I think this can be a useful app to put in your "app toolbox."

We're having another giveaway for 3 lucky SLPs to get this app for FREE! Just share your favorite assessment app or tip on working on receptive language with children below in the comments section. We're going to choose 3 readers at random, and they'll receive codes to install the app for FREE. Winners will be notified Monday, Sept. 17!


I am a new SLP graduate and I love using therapy apps with all my students. Apps are incredibly motivating, and students learn a wealth of information. I use many apps, but my favorite apps to use are Sentence Builder, Verbs with Milo, a following direction app and a sequencing app both from Super Duper for receptive language.

Briana, SLP September 10, 2014 3:41 PM

For the over active kid that always has to keep moving, making it into a race.  Sit in the middle of the room with activities in a circle around you.  The timer starts after you give the first task, 'put the monkey order the blanket'.  When they complete it they run, crawl, stumble to the next station.  'Pour water into the blue cup'.  Next station...

See how many they can complete correctly in 2 minutes.  Have a 'HIGH SCORE' board to write it on and they can show off their achievements.  If they are getting too hyped up during the time, give them some slow tasks in between fast paced ones. 'Balance a book on your head for 10 seconds.' 'Do 10 jumping jacks.'.  'Pick up the noodles with chopstick and out them in the red cup.' ... Slow fast slow. You can combine PT, OT and speech all in one activity and wear them out for bedtime all at the same time!

Kathleen, Stay at home mom August 4, 2014 11:29 PM
Bethel Park PA

I love all the kindergarten apps and following directions.  Also love all the toca boca apps- kids love and ask for those.

Karen, Speech pathology - SLP, Government school December 26, 2012 10:19 AM
Cape carteret NC

good and free android apps“double twist” sync your ieutns songs to your android“Drop box”- move files wirelessly from your pc to your phone“Unified remote”- use your android as remote for your computer- play movies, view your files, etc.“YouTube mate”- download YouTube videos“IP webcam”- use your phone as a webcam“Algeo”- a scientific/graphing calculator similar to a TI 89“Dolphin Bowser HD”- one of the best android internet browsers“Adao file manager”- manage your phones files“Battery Dr.” increases battery life up to 30%“Auto memory manager” helps prevent your phone from slowing down by automatically killing apps not in use.“tv. com” watch tv programs using wifi“tune in radio”- listen to the radio….“Where’s my droid”- never lose your phone again, just send it your attention word and the volume maxes out and even receive its location on gpsfree android games- this also depends on how good your phone is, some of the lower end phones cant use them (mine isnt that great)lane splitter- traffic racingdeath worm (demo)- play as a giant worm and terrorize peopleasphalt 5- high graphics racing gameangry birds- it think you know .dragon fly- like the iphones version of tiny wingsatilt labyrinth- guide a ball through a maze by titling your phonewinds of steel (demo)- flying shooting gamefruit slicecubes- like cube runnerabduction- like doodle jumpfall-downspeedx Fun random apps“google sky map”, know the position of stars using augmented reality“google googles” search the web my using images“shazam/hound sound” record a piece of a song and shazam will tell you the name, artist, etc. of the song“circle launcher”(widget)- store more apps if running out of room on home screen“funny jokes” great jokes, by community… (secret community? lol you’ll get it.)“screen filter” using your phone in the dark

Apriyani Apriyani, snkqWUZcye - RlEfamfnZkZnWE, GGaSVvOhME October 23, 2012 8:02 PM

I love a couple of apps with a little preschooler I have who is second language. He has responded to these two apps and remembered names of things which in other contexts have been unsuccesssful. They are both free: Fisher Price Animal Sounds, and Grasshopper Apps: Farm Animals. Neither are assessments but baserates can be taken on your own

Joan Suick, Education - Speech Pathologist, Elementary School September 17, 2012 1:40 PM
Immokalee FL

I love simple vocabulary apps; one of my favorites is Picture Board, which is intended as a communication board but also has a "test" feature. The user is asked to "Find ____" and select from a field of 4. I also love Following Directions, and ABA Identify by Function. I don't yet use any assessment apps but would love to!

Louise Chamberlin, SLP September 15, 2012 12:06 AM
Upland CA

I don't use apps for the entire session, but always try to end up with some.  I have good success with the Toca Boca, Doodles, ArtixPix, Milo, talking characters, and I Speak.

Regina Nimmo, SLP - Director, S.A. Childhood Language Center September 14, 2012 6:10 PM
Santa Ana, CA

I work with 16-21 year old students with cognitive delay and autism. We had to develop a battery of informal probes to see how much functional language they have. We use the Williams Naming test which is excellent for breaking down the types of prompts (auditory visual, phonemic, multiple choice) that help them most. We uses the ABA receptive by feature, function class, and what does not belong ( similarities/differences) as receptive probes. I already have The receptive language assessment but we are on strike so I haven't used it yet. :)

Dorothy, Speech PThology - SLP, CPS September 14, 2012 3:47 PM
Chicago IL

I use the free version of an app called Lexico Cognition. It has different levels of following directions. I like it because of the amount of directions that it has at each level.

Lewis VanAusdle, , Speech-Language Pathologist Fairborn Primary School September 14, 2012 2:36 PM
Fairborn OH

I like all the the apps from, particularly the ones that work on feature, function, and class.

Kerry, , SLP elementary school September 14, 2012 2:19 PM

Choice Board Creator is a free APP and very useful. I have used it with low functioning children to request items and high level children b entering more complex directions. It's as good as the time you can put into it but it is easy to create something in a short amount of time.

Stacie, Speech Pathology - Manager, South Miami Hospital Child Development Center September 14, 2012 9:33 AM
Miami FL

Story Pals is great for comprehension.  I also like the super duper following directions and sequencing with Milo.

Cassie, , Speech Pathologist South Elementary September 14, 2012 8:57 AM
Mt Carmel IL

My favorite apps are Fun with Directions, Toca Boca Hair salon, Auditory workout, and Milo prepositions.

Aliya Boone September 14, 2012 6:53 AM

My EI kids love Peekaboo Pets, Sound Shaker and Baby Balloons. My pre-K kids love all things Toca (especially Monster, Kitchen and Tea Party), Grasshopper apps, My Play Home, My Fairy Princess, Zoola, Firefighter (by 2 B  Me Studio), Milo apps, and Category Carousel. There are so many!!!

Deb, EI, Pre-K - SLP, ICSD September 13, 2012 9:43 PM

When I am informally screening student's receptive language using the iPad, I use My Play home, Toca Boca Kitchen Monsters, and Fun With Directions. These apps have been great when targeting goals such as following directions, identifying objects and understanding grammar skills. When working with my students who are intellectually impaired, I use Questions2Learn to assess their understanding of who, what, where, and when questions.

Leanne Pool September 13, 2012 9:11 PM

I haven't used app assessments, but would be very interested in trying one!

Lori, Speech-language - Ms. , Public Schools September 13, 2012 9:02 PM
Springfield OR

I have used SmartyEars Sunny Articulation and Phonology Test for two years.  It enabled me to establish local norms for prek, kindergarten, and first grade. (I tabulated information by teacher and by grade level using Numbers.) This in turn made it much easier to make decisions for who is selected for RTI Artic services or referred for an evaluation.

As for informal assessment/therapy apps my (and my students') favorites are SoundNote (articulation, voice or fluency), ArtikPixFull, Articulate It, RIntensive, various Grasshopper Apps, LifeCycles (nth Fusion), SuperDuper Publication apps, Voice Meter, ClickySticky apps, Alligatorapps, SoundTouch, GuessWhoPeekaboo (Bacciz LLC), MonkeyLunchbox, Little Book Maker, Grandma's Garden, Kidioms, and TocaBoca apps.  I work with preschool through 8th grade, and all the students are more engaged when we use the iPad.  The district paid for some of the more expensive apps, some were free, and some I paid for.

Daphne, , SLP pk-8 district September 13, 2012 6:41 PM
Fairview Heights IL

My favorites for receptive language are: Picture the Sentence, Fun with Directions and More Fun with Directions, Cake/Cookie Doodle, Splingo, and Word SLapps.

Janice, SLP September 13, 2012 5:24 PM

I love using the Toca Boca apps for receptive and expressive language.

Nora, , Speech Pathologist Public School September 13, 2012 4:29 PM
Inwood WV

Patti Hamaguchi makes great apps.  I also love using My PlayHome for following directions and learning vocabulary.  Mobile Education is another great source of well developed apps.  For storytelling and creating stories: Toontastic, Story Wheel, Scribble Press, Story Creator.  The iPad is a fun and wonderful way to teach and reinforce language skills in yougsters.

Elyse Fishkin, SLP September 13, 2012 4:07 PM
Wellesley MA

I love using any app where you can give kids directions like the easy bake baking app. Kids love it too. I am purchasing an ipad soon and am looking forward to being able to use it all the time instead of my iphone occasionally. I love the idea of ipad assessment apps.

Katie Bernadkin, SLP - SLP , School September 13, 2012 2:26 PM
San Diego CA

I find that Splingo is very appealing to some of my young students with autism, so I would be very interested in using the assessment app!

Marian Rashap, eduation - SLP, Carlton Hills School September 13, 2012 2:23 PM
Santee CA

All the therapists in my program just got I-PADS following a day of in-service training.  Thanks for the mention of Dragon Dictation for articulation practice.  That will be an app that is on my first list.  

Cheryl, Hearing Impaired - Speech Specialist, S.H.I.P. - Bergen County Special Services September 13, 2012 1:38 PM
Midland Park NJ

I love to use the non-traditional (or not made for ST) apps like cupcake maker, photo booth, or clean up for receptive and expressive language tasks.

Hali, SLP September 13, 2012 1:38 PM
Clover SC

I work with preschoolers and feel like I can use almost every age appropriate ap and adapt for both receptive and expressive language.  The kids love it and we can work on all basic concepts as well as following directions, vocab etc.

Susan, SLP September 13, 2012 1:22 PM
Kalispell MT

For receptive language, I like to use PicSentenceHD, a Hamaguchi app, Autism and PDD Reasoning app by Linguisystems, and Auditory Workout by Receptive Language Assessment looks like a good app for the age of students I work with who have early receptive language needs.

Sue, , SLP Elementary school September 13, 2012 1:08 PM
Bel Air MD

 I have been collecting apps I would like to have for quite a while.  Just this now I have full  access to an i-pad and have just started downloading apps.  I am sooo excited to finally have this oppurtunity.  I have to admit I have been a bit jealous of my daughter who recieved one for her undergrad graduation.  She, too, is in the speech/language field and is using apps for herself and downloading ones she likes for future use.  She also sent me a list that I will be looking at!

Karen, , Speech/Language Pathologist public schools September 13, 2012 12:55 PM
Prairie du Chien WI

I work with students with autism and intellectual disabilities. They LOVE Tally Tots and Alpha Tots. I do not have any assessments on my iPad and would love to have this one! 1/3 of my students are non-verbal so this receptive assessment would be very useful.

Tiffany Hill, SLP September 13, 2012 12:51 PM

I like the Hamaguchi, grasshopper, ABA receptives and sunny artic test APPs as assessments but would love to have an assessment that tracks data.  

Patricia, SLP September 13, 2012 12:43 PM
Greensboro NC

I love using my Ipad during therapy> I like See, Touch Learn and "words". For younger children "Look", Color Dots and "Sounds"

Linda Teter, SLP - Linda, schools September 13, 2012 12:36 PM
Franklin WV

For receptive language assessements, I review, with our preschool teachers during our weekly staff meeting, what the vocabulary focus will be  for the next week. Then I target the shape, basic concept, color, story and use a checklist. This way the three and four year olds have a focused program on vocabulary and not an imposed choice of the SLP. It is less confusing and gives the children a chance to transfere the skill to another adult and sometimes in a different environment.

Donna, com disorders - SLP, preschool, public September 13, 2012 12:22 PM
Londonderry NH

Super Duper has a following directions app.  I also like the following directions app by grasshopper.  These have probably been mentioned, but My PlayHome is great and any Toca Boca apps.  I do not have any assessement apps on my iPad yet.  

Stacey , SLP September 13, 2012 11:54 AM
Dallas GA

An assessment looks really good.  Some of my favorite aps are Match to Go by Smarty EArs and Artic Pix.  I also like Following Directions by Hamaguchi apps.  there are more of these that also look great.

Eileen, Speech Pathology - Director, S.E.E.D.S. of the Willistons, Inc. September 13, 2012 11:52 AM
Williston Park NY

I just received my iPad and am working on adding apps.  I like reading the comments about everyone's favorite apps.  This will help me choose what to add.

Judy, SLP September 13, 2012 11:50 AM
Louisiana MO

I like the Differences app as well as Clean Up Things app.  They are great for receptive language.

Carmen, Education - Speech Pathologist, Elementary September 13, 2012 11:48 AM
Warsaw IN

The only Ipad assessment I have used is the Sunny Articulation & Phonology Test by Smarty Ears.  I would love to try out more!

Melissa Sherrill, SLP - SLP, Elementary School September 13, 2012 11:38 AM
Jamestown NC

There are quite a few apps that I have used for informal assessment of expressive and receptive language including My Playhouse, the TocaBoca apps, Speech with Milo apps, Splingo, and the Talking characters (Tom, Gina, Ben, etc).  I am looking forward to some standardized language assessment apps.

Deborah, , SLP Ramona Elementary September 13, 2012 11:35 AM
Oxnard CA

I like to use the video camera on the iPad to document growth both with articulation skills and narrative language skills.

colleen, , slp schools September 13, 2012 11:32 AM
nashville TN

I also do not have any assessment apps on my ipad, but in terms of therapy tools for receptive language, I really like some of the features in Lexico's "Cognition".  I like the complexity of the directions and the variety of concepts that are targeted.

Gillian DiMarzio September 13, 2012 11:29 AM

I've had my iPad for over a year and love using it with the kids. For my older articulation students I use Dragon Dictation. The students record sentences and can read what Dragon Dictation thought they said. The students can analyze their own productions and make corrections when they record again.

Jeanne, , Speech Pathologist Franlin Local School District September 13, 2012 11:24 AM
Roseville OH

One of my favorite apps is Categories Learning Center by Smarty Ears. I also use Fun & Functional. Both are great not only for therapy, but for gathering informal data.

Becky September 13, 2012 11:19 AM

I like Pocket Artic and Sono Flex.  Excellent apps for therapy.

Deborah, Education - Speech-Language Pathologist, School September 13, 2012 11:19 AM
Kaukauna WI

I like the sunny articulation test.  It gives a lot of useful information.  I wish there were more assessment apps for the iPad.....much easier to carry around than traditional test materials!

barb, education - slp, school September 13, 2012 11:02 AM
kahului HI

I've had the iPad for a few months and I can't get enough! I've used a variety of apps for informal assessment of receptive and expressive language. I've found that with many children the animation and interactive nature of the iPad keeps them attending so I can probe for skills. I have also used the Sunny Articulation and Phonology test and it has been very helpful. I look forward to maximizing the potential of this incredible device!

Leyat, SLP - SLP, School September 13, 2012 10:47 AM
Paramus NJ

To target articulation, I like Artic Pix. It's great at tracking data and storing information. You can visualize progress so easily!  

Lindsay Milgram, SLP - Clinical Supervisor & Instructor, Teachers College September 13, 2012 10:47 AM
New York NY

I have used the Sunny Articulation & Phonology Test by Smarty Ears and the Naming Test in the Tactus Naming app. I have used a LOT of apps for treatment but only those two for assessment. I love using my iPad in therapy, and am excited about this receptive language assessment. The Grad students I work with are always laughing at me because I get so excited when I find a great new app.

Debbie, , SLP University September 13, 2012 10:27 AM
Logan UT

Even though I consider myself a tech freak, I remain old fashioned in my therapy approach.  I was taught in college that a child's job is to play so we play games.  Old fashioned and electronic games.  Go fish is the best receptive and expressive game that I use and the kids never get tired of it.  

dolly, School - SLP September 13, 2012 10:19 AM
Chaffee MO

I am also just getting started with my i-pad like the ABA Flash Cards.  I can work on both receptive and expressive language in so many ways.  I also like the Toca Boca apps.

Amy Tripp September 13, 2012 10:19 AM
Lansing MI

I have never used my iPad for assessment, but am anxious to find an app so that I can.  We love the GrassHopper apps and the Smarty Ears apps.  We have found them to be very useful and relevant.

Dana, Speech - SLP, Irwin County Elementary School September 13, 2012 10:17 AM
Ocilla GA

I like the Hamaguchi and grasshopper Apps for assessment.  

Traci Ingram September 13, 2012 9:48 AM
Huntsville AL

I love to use the Toca Boca apps with my preschoolers (especially the Monster one). They get so excited when I bring the iPad out for therapy!

Breanna, Speech-language pathologist September 13, 2012 8:00 AM

I don't have any apps for assessment. I like to use some of the apps for my lower functioning kids.

Carrie, Slp September 12, 2012 10:00 PM

I love all the Toca Boca apps, especially the tea party one. So many great verbs to work on receptively - pour the juice, eat the cookie, wipe the table, wash the table, ect. Kids LOVE it!

Stephanie Holl September 12, 2012 9:44 PM

When i worked with elementary students, I liked using the Boehm Test of Basic Concepts to assess a child's understanding of basic concepts. It makes it easy to see holes in a child's understanding and

focus specifically on areas of needs. I would love to have an app to help with this!

Tasha, Child Find - SLP, Adams 50 September 12, 2012 9:26 PM
Westminster CO

I do not have iPad assessments. I like Simon sings to work on auditor discriminstion

Alison Gimberlein, Speech - SLP, School district September 12, 2012 9:19 PM
Babylon NY

I like PCS bingo. My Playhose is also one of my favorites.

Cathy, SLP September 12, 2012 9:17 PM
Cohoes NY

One of my favorites is "my playhome". It has scenes of different rooms in a house with many object the kids can move around. Great for following directions.

Vikki Crowley, SLP - Elementary School September 12, 2012 8:43 PM
Kingston NY

I love Auditory Workout and Fun With Directions! I don't have any language assessment apps so the Receptive Language Assessment app would definitely come in handy!

Meryl Harris September 12, 2012 8:12 PM

I love Fun with Directions and More fun with directions.  The kids love when they have to repeat the directions and record themselves!

Stacey, slp September 12, 2012 7:32 PM

We just got our new iPads, so I don't have a favorite yet.  I can't wait to get started with some apps.

Elizabeth, , Speech Pathologist Cullowhee Valley School September 12, 2012 6:05 PM
Cullowhee NC

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