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Speech Sounds on Cue – Review & Giveaway

Published December 17, 2012 11:59 AM by Megan Sutton
Since 1999, speech-language pathologists and adults with apraxia have been using a computer program called Speech Sounds on Cue. This software was developed by Carol Bishop of Australia under the company Multimedia Speech Pathology. Taking advantage of video, sound, and written cues, the program was intended to increase the intensity of treatment for people with apraxia, combining J. Rosenbek's integral stimulation approach with B. Hill's carrier phrase facilitation drills. In 2010, the software was upgraded to include audio feedback and both North American and UK accents.

In 2011, the PC/Mac-based software made the leap to the iPad. Originally priced similarly to the computer software at $150, Speech Sounds on Cue for iPad has been reduced to $48.99, making it more affordable to home users. The full version of the app consists of 20 initial phoneme groups and over 500 words. A free trial, Speech Sounds on Cue for iPad Lite, is available to show the capability of the app with just the /w/ sound.


There are essentially 2 ways to use the app: phrase completion and rhyming. When using phrase completion, select the phoneme you wish to target and choose between "Basic" or "Random" presentation. In "Basic," the exercise starts with a captioned video demonstration of how to make the sound. On the next screen you will hear a carrier phrase accompanied by a full color photo and text on the left side of the screen. On the right side, the final word in the phrase appears with a three-stage cue: a video of a mouth saying the word accompanied by sound, then the video with no sound, and finally a microphone icon appears while the device records the user's production. The recording is then played back for the user to give immediate auditory feedback. At any point, the user can skip to a given word in the phoneme group, repeat or skip ahead, or return to the phoneme selection screen. A "Random" option is also available to launch the exercise without the demonstration and a random word order.


The second mode within the app is "Rhyming." No single phonemes are selected for this activity as it simply presents four images and written labels on the screen, all with the same rhyme (e.g. peel-wheel-seal-heel). There are 13 sets of four images, and as with the previous exercise, you can select which set you want to show. Tapping the image plays an audio recording of the word.

The app does not save any recordings, nor does it collect data of any sort. The progression through the three cues can move a little fast, with several of my clients wanting to see and hear the word a few more times before trying on their own. Usually after several trials with support, they are able to repeat the exercise as many times as needed to get a satisfactory recording. With these shortcomings noted, this app remains amazingly useful for independent practice of speech production for those with severe apraxia. I have had motivated clients practice for hours with this app and make rapid improvements in their speech. Given that the cost is now more affordable for stroke survivors, it is a more accessible evidence-based tool for both the clinic and home practice. Children with apraxia, autism, and other speech/language disorders are reportedly finding the app useful to reach their goals as well. 

Download Speech Sounds on Cue for iPad - Lite to try it out, then comment below on how you would use this app for a chance to win!

One free copy will be given away next week, selected randomly from the comments.


This sounds like a wonderful solution for my teenage student who desperately wants to be understood. He wants to share his thoughts and ideas with the class but is hesitant when called upon.  When I talk to him about it he becomes embarrassed and clams up. The IPAD APP would be a great %0d%0amethod of independant speech therapy that would minimize%0d%0athe shame. Please enter my name in the drawing.

Tess Yurk, teacher October 5, 2013 3:23 PM
Langhorne PA

I want to buy and download.  No trial.  How do I do this?  

ADAM ROGERS March 28, 2013 7:51 PM

I have several challenging young adult clients who would likely benefit from your product and am eager to try it.  Please enter me in your drawing.  Gina Nimmo

Regina Nimmo, SLP - Exec. Director, Childhood Lang. Center January 17, 2013 3:16 PM
Santa Ana, CA

I'd love to use this with a few of my students who are highly unintelligible. Thanks for the opportunity.

Connie January 1, 2013 9:26 PM


i have a 2 1/2 year old cerabral palsy daughter n i am a neurodevelopmental therapist. i want to know if u have any such application or software for the laptop to teach speech sounds on cue.

would be glad to receive a positive reply.


neha didolkar January 1, 2013 1:02 AM

I have used so many great apps with my students, this would be a great addition to my tool box.

Peggy Scarlott, SLP - SLP, public school December 31, 2012 11:27 AM
Wichtia Falls TX

Thanks for sharing this info. I just downloaded the freee version. Looking forward to trying it with some of my students. I see lots of possibilities for using this ap.

Rachel , SLP December 30, 2012 8:49 AM
Mayfield Hts. OH

Will download free app

tatiana December 28, 2012 11:21 PM

I have used the trial version with developmentally disabled students with great success!  I would love to win the full version!

Dena Jordan, , Speech Path DDESS December 28, 2012 9:28 PM
Columbia SC

I'll download the free trial. Hope to win the full version!  :-}

Mary Ann, Speech Pathology - Dr., Public schools December 28, 2012 3:38 PM
Montclair CA

This is a great app to have in my toolbox.  My clients like variety and this is very clear.  I really like the rhyming section.

Jane Downey, SLP - Owner, Private Practice December 28, 2012 12:11 PM
Guilderland NY

Thanks for the recommendation!

Clarion Mendes December 27, 2012 6:35 PM

Great app for comparing error sounds to correct target sound.

Good for use with both children and adults.

Caryl Brief, , Speech-Language Pathologist Progressive Speech and Language, P.C. December 27, 2012 12:48 PM
New York NY

Students with CAS need different therapy than other students.  This would be a great addition to my therapy toolbox.

barb, SLP December 27, 2012 11:33 AM
honolulu HI

I downloaded this free app a long time ago and have been waiting anxiously for a price break. I really like the cued phrases and think the method of practice will be beneficial for my elementary students working individually with the iPad while I monitor or work with other students.

Holly, , Speech Language Pathologist Public School December 27, 2012 11:23 AM
Siloam Springs AR

This is great snd I cant wait to try it our with some of the students at school after the break.

Kristie Jones, Schools - SLP, Davis Public Schools December 27, 2012 11:13 AM
davis OK

It would be a great addition to my therapy materials as students are so motivated when using tie iPad!

Nancy, Education - SLP, Albany Schools December 27, 2012 9:59 AM
Albany OR

This would be great to help motivated kids practice independently

Cath, SLP - SLP, Alberta Health Services December 27, 2012 9:05 AM
Calgary IT

I am going to trial the lite version.   I work with children with apraxia and find the apps are limited.  This looks like a great tool for drill and practice and possibly a tool parents could also use at home to support the practice of sound drill.  thanks.

Denise Murzyn , Preschool,elementary - SLP, Cusd200 December 27, 2012 8:58 AM
Wheaton IL

Looks like a great app to help students with apraxia

Susan, Public School Speech/Lang Therapist - Sp/:ang Pathologist, Kennett Cons.School District December 27, 2012 8:23 AM
Kennett Square PA

Working with children on the autism spectrum who unquestionably benefit tremendously from visual cues I have found that this venue is not only motivating for them but also allows them to focus more on the subtle details needed for improved production. This app is beneficial for developing sound formation  as well as for word retrieval practice.  Very useful!

Fran, Speech/Language - Speech Therapist, The Forum School December 27, 2012 8:07 AM
Waldwick NJ

I work in several rural schools with money for tests when I am lucky. The children love when I use my iPad. Several students have apraxia and old really end fit from this app!

Marquita, Public Schools - Speech Language Pathologist December 27, 2012 8:05 AM

I can see this being of great use for a few of my students who have trouble with some of their sounds.  Most of my kids are now asking "do you have your IPad today?"  I would love to have the opportunity to win this app.

Ann Patton, K-8 - Speech Language Pathologist, BIE Grant School December 27, 2012 6:41 AM
Thoreau NM

I have a very sweet, eight year old student with severe Childhood Apraxia of Speech.  His conversational speech is highly unintelligible, but that doesn't stop him from trying!  He does get frustrated, though, with traditional therapy approaches.  Since he loves anything to do with the iPad, this sounds like a wonderful app to incorporate into our sessions.  Is it available for iPod, too?

Terri, Schools - Speech Language Pathologist, Tri-County Special Services December 26, 2012 9:42 AM
Larned KS

Thanks for the chance to win. This looks like a great app.

Kristen Miller, SLP December 24, 2012 7:42 PM
CLK Public Schools MI

It looks like a great app. I have some patients would benefit from using it.

Nelly, Spc.Audition-Language December 22, 2012 12:29 PM
Homestead FL

This is great! Would love to add this app to my toolbox. Plus, many of my patients come to outpatient therapy with an Ipad or Itouch - it would be great if they can see all the features before they decide to purchase it.   Thanks!

Susie, Outpatient Rehab - SLP, Parker Adventist Hospital December 21, 2012 1:20 PM
Parker CO

SLP technology is rapidly expanding and found this app --GREAT!. Interactive, visual, auditory. Great multisensory tool.Would love to win it.

Julie Zellner, , SLP School December 21, 2012 1:14 PM
Southington CT

I tried the app and was very pleased with it.  I work in the homes with toddlers and preschoolers and this would be a great program to use with several of my kiddoes.  I have NO budget.  Everything I buy comes out of my pocket, so I would be thrilled to win this!  Thanks for the opportunity!

Marilyn, Early Intervention - Speech Therapist, U.S. Healthcare Services December 21, 2012 7:44 AM
Bethlehem PA

I downloaded and trailed the lite version of this app. I really like what I saw however, have a very limited budget...I work within outpatient and home health settings and find apps very helpful for both settings. I have always liked Bungalow software and would love to own a copy of the 'speech sounds on cue' app. The price is well worth it however, a bit out of my price range.

Amy, Medical - SLP, Hospital December 21, 2012 6:30 AM
Ocala FL

Would love to have this app to use with children and adults.

Deborah December 20, 2012 5:46 PM

I happen to have a student with Down's Syndrome who had a terrible time with initial /w/. I tried the lite version of the app with him. He loved it and had great success. We go back and visit the app just for fun now.

Susan, , SLP Public schools December 20, 2012 4:00 PM
Weaverville CA

I work as a speech therapist in the public schools where over half the students are ESL/ELL, speaking Arabic or Spanish at home.  This would be very helpful for them as well as the students with whom I work who demonstrate apraxic speech.  I can also see it working quite well for HI (hearing impaired) students (the mouth demonstrations would be excellent for lipreading assistance) and students with receptive and expressive language delays working on vocabulary and and semantics in sentences.  A very versatile app, indeed!  Thanks for the heads up!

Mary Stiegel, public schools - TSLI, Prek-8 grades December 20, 2012 3:06 PM
Dearborn MI

I would use this application with my students whom have apraxia of speech.

Jessica Chase December 20, 2012 2:42 PM

I love the pictures that go with the app as well as the visual cues.  I have numerous children on my caseload with apraxia.  It would be a great app to use for practice on days that I don't see them.  Terrific for generalizing sounds into conversational speech.  Since I work in a public school, budgets are always tight and there is no money to purchase anything right now.  I would love to win this app!

Sue, Speech/Language - SLP, Dover Preschool December 20, 2012 2:40 PM
Dover NH

My students like anything that is an APP. I would love the entire program.%0d%0aBarb chisholm,%0d%0aAshburn, VA

Barbara Chisholm, speech - SLP, school December 20, 2012 2:17 PM
Sanders Corner VA

I have a couple students with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, who are making gains slowly, but intelligibility in conversational speech is still very poor. I can see how this app would be another great tool to build their skills and motivation.

Donna Kleiner, , SLP Indian Hill School December 20, 2012 1:30 PM
River Hills WI

The mouth cue is very useful for the kids who won't look at your mouth. They have no difficulty looking at the IPAD screen. This app would be easy to use and I like the rhyming component.

DAK Edwards, SLP December 20, 2012 11:43 AM
Virginia beach VA

What a great app!

ann hodkinson, slp December 20, 2012 11:16 AM

Loved the visual representation of the articulators!  This looks to be an app that could prove useful to many students on my caseload with various needs!!

Karen Payne, Speech/Language Pathologist December 20, 2012 10:52 AM

Calgary, ALberta Canada.

Always interested in what's new for Apraxia Treatment.  Would love an opportunity to try this!

Jessica Reid, Speech Language Pathologist December 20, 2012 10:35 AM

Kids with apraxia need a different therapy approach than the traditional and this would be so helpful.  There are more children each year who could benefit from this type of app.

Janie Wickham, , SLP Elementary School December 20, 2012 10:03 AM
Woodlawn TN

I would love this app for my ipad.  I know dozen of students who would love to use it.

Diane Scott, SLP December 20, 2012 9:56 AM
Manito IL

I would love to try this app out with a pre-k student that exhibits apraxia.  Thanks for all the information.  

Stacey , SLP December 20, 2012 9:38 AM
Dallas GA

This looks like an app with lots of potential use.

Fran, Communication Disorders - Speech-Language Pathologist, Schools December 20, 2012 9:34 AM
Downey CA

This looks like a very useful app!

Barb, SLP December 20, 2012 9:33 AM

Would love to use this with my apraxic clients.  The young ones love the addition of technology--it's a real motivator!

Deandra Worley, CSD - Student, Univ of MO December 20, 2012 9:28 AM
Columbia MO

This app looks amazing!! i would love to use this with my students! Pick me, pick me! :)

Beth, Speech-Language Pathology - CCC-SLP, School December 20, 2012 9:17 AM
Surfside Beach SC

This app looks great and could be used beyond just students with apraxia.  Technology certainly is changing the way we provide therapy in the schools!

Tracy Gagne, Speech Pathologist December 20, 2012 8:59 AM
Minot ME

I am most interested in finding new ways to support my students communication needs.  This looks promising!!

Susan, Education - SLP, Public School December 20, 2012 8:56 AM
Linton IN

The visual cues would be a great extra cue for my apraxic students. They would love being able to record and hear themselves.

Carmel, SLS December 20, 2012 8:54 AM
Bloomfield NJ

This app looks to be multi-purpose. I like the rhyming aspect as a typical from PS or K can pair with a speech student and both can benefit from the lessons.

Susanna Cline, , SLP school December 20, 2012 8:54 AM
Streetsboro OH

I have three students who would gain much from this app.  I love the lite version!

Wendy McPherson, , SLP PASD December 20, 2012 8:50 AM
Punxsutawney PA

I would love to use this at my school.

Sandra Hogsed, SLP December 20, 2012 8:46 AM
Murphy NC

I have at least three severely apraxic kiddos.  I'm hoping they really respond to this app!

Marilyn Hunter, Elementary - Speech Language Pathologist, School December 20, 2012 8:45 AM
Dayton OH

This app would be great to use with my students!  In public schools there is no money for SLP's to buy materials this year and so little is out there for student's with Apraxia.

Nancy, Education - Slp, YISD December 20, 2012 8:42 AM
El Paso TX

I am so excited to have the opportunity!

Janet Rossi December 20, 2012 8:30 AM

I am completing my CFY at a school for students (ages 6-21) who exhibit developmental disabilities (i.e. Autism, Intellectual Disability, Cerebral Palsy, and various syndromes) as well as emotional disturbances. My students all live in a residential facility that is next to the school. Many of them have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect and some need foster parents. It delights me every single day to interact with these students and to be one of the few people in their lives that they can trust to help them and to give them confidence. I live to help these students succeed, and any resources that would assist me in doing so would be much appreciated as my students do not have parents who are willing to pay for apps and resources that will help them.

Christine, Speech-Language Pathologist (CFY) December 20, 2012 8:20 AM
Glen Cove NY

I have several students that are apraxic or have some characteristics of apraxia.  This would be a great alternative to some of the articulation apps that I modify to use with them.  An app specifically designed to meet their needs sounds super.

Teresa Besson, Speech Pathology - Speech Pathologist, Rapides School District December 20, 2012 8:14 AM
Alexandria LA

This looks like an amazing app to be able to use with my students who have apraxia, and some that have weak neurological systems.

I currently have a student who has an iPad with PLQ, but his natural instinct continues to be to try to use his natural speech mechanism.  He is unintelligible to familiar and unfamiliar listeners.  This is my first year working with him.  I have some other students who are at the HS level, special programming, who are unintelligible.  I recently found an oral motor app that models exercises and they imitate.  Amazingly, the kids are engaging and trying these.  This app looks to be designed with a more specific approach to bring individuals to a place of successful speech production.  I would love the opportunity to receive this free, as I am only allowed to access free apps at this point.  Funding is extremely tight right now.

Marie Cummings, Education - Speech/Language Pathologist, Williamsport Area School District December 20, 2012 7:57 AM
Williamsport PA

This app would be helpful for my apraxia kids and a HI boy who isn't speaking yet.

Linda, speech patholgy - SLP, Elementary/EI December 20, 2012 7:53 AM
Franklin WV

I need more treatment options for my students with apraxia. It would be great to have an app that would allow for treatment and practice in a variety of settings.

Peg, , SLP School December 20, 2012 7:48 AM
Defiance OH

This app looks fantastic and I would love to use it with my school-aged students who exhibit apraxia. Thanks for the review on it.

Dina Lunsford, , SLP Elementary School December 20, 2012 7:47 AM
Norristown PA

It looks like a great app. I have some students who would benefit from using it.

Debbie, SLP December 20, 2012 7:17 AM
Freehold NJ

This look very interesting. We have many clients with apraxia in our clinic. Thanks!

Betsy Schreiber, Speech - Clinical Supervisor, LIU Ladge December 19, 2012 1:04 PM
Brookville NY

We loan out an iPad to community patients to provide an opportunity to 'try before buy'.  The full version of this is definitely on our wish list!  Our patients only have access to the lite version currently.  Our patients are post stroke and neuro dies ease and brain trauma. Keep our fingers crossed. Fab App. X

Marina Davies, Adult neuro acquired - Speech therapist, Community December 18, 2012 1:54 PM
Devon uk

Our foster daughter receives speech therapy, however, being able to have her use this program frequently (daily) from home would help her apraxia so much, I would think!

Teresa December 18, 2012 7:00 AM
Bowling Green OH

I remember when I first discovered this app many moons ago. I thought it was only for Australian English and I thought - wow - what potential. It seems many SLPs , self included, have forgotten how much materials typically cost a few short years back and have been spoiled by apps that cost a few dollars and shy away from those who are in the double digit price range. In all honesty, I have been disappointed a few times by pricier apps, but I bet this tool is ideal for the traveling clinician. Get back your car trunk space and alleviate back pain with applicable applications such as "Speech Sounds on Cue"

Bunnie Schuler, , SLP SJU December 18, 2012 1:38 AM
Jamaica NY

Looks awesome! Would be a great addition to my tool box!

BJ Arnold December 17, 2012 8:41 PM

This looks fantastic!  I definitely have a few clients who can benefit from this.  Thanks for all your great apps!!!

Shari Linde December 17, 2012 8:02 PM

Another great app. I would love to win this as I have purchased so many great ones from the ASHA convention, your other ones included! My clients would definitely benefit from this! Thank you so much for all your hard work and help in our field!

robyn romano, Speech - SLP, Advantage Speech Therapy Services December 17, 2012 7:52 PM
Cumming GA

Would love to win this app.  Looks like an amazing app that my son could use when we practice all those speech sounds...Thanks for the opportunity.

Allison Purcell-Pike December 17, 2012 7:48 PM

I have been reading about this wonderful and i downloaded the trial version. I would absolutely love to win this for my speech iPad!  I work in a public school setting and also as a PRN SLP in a nursing home!  I have clients and students who would benefit so much from this!  It is awesome and truly needed!

Helen Wagner, Education - Speech Pathologist CCC-SLP, Saks Elementary School December 17, 2012 7:31 PM
Anniston AL

I know the exact patient I would like to try this out with. Wish I could afford all the amazing apps out there.

Jaclyn Gulasy December 17, 2012 7:23 PM
Westerville OH

can not wait to try this.

trina thompson December 17, 2012 7:07 PM
otterville MO

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