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Apps for Kids with Apraxia

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Many families are asking about tablet applications – “apps” –  specifically for childhood apraxia of speech.  Below you will find apps described as being for our kids with apraxia.  Please know that apps should be used with your supervision to support your child’s speech practice or to assist them in their communication attempts.  Some apps are for speech practice, other apps are for communication.  This list includes those for speech practice.

Why are so many families pursuing tablets and apps for their children with apraxia?  For a number of reasons, including that many children are quite fascinated and engaged by the interactive nature of apps and because they have tools to communicate what they want to say and what they know.  Apps can help extend speech and educational practice and can be used for motivation and reinforcement for practice.  The ones listed below are specifically for iPads.

ApraxiaPictureSoundCardsApraxia Picture Sound Cards from Foundation House

From the Developer, “This app includes over 775 colorful and engaging picture cards, 45 phonogram cards & 10 number cards, and the Speech-EZ® Hand Cues in video format. This app allows you the ability to customize your therapy session by creating specific stimulus sets based on the child’s performance and ability level. Unlike traditional “articulation” therapy cards, the Apraxia Picture Sound Cards app provides you with the necessary flexibility to select specific sound sequences to target in a given session such as CVC (consonant_vowel_consonant) words (i.e. “bed”), CVCV words (i.e. “baby”), compound words (i.e. “cupcake”), one syllable words with blends (i.e. “cloud”), two syllable words (i.e. “apple”), three syllable words (i.e. “banana”), and four syllable words (i.e. “helicopter”). You may also select specific words to practice various movement sequences by place of articulation: bilabial-to-bilabial, alveolar-to-velar, etc. Essentially, you are in more control when selecting appropriate targeted speech motor plans.”

Some features include:

  • Over 775 colorful and engaging picture cards, 45 phonogram cards & 10 number cards, and the Speech-EZ® Hand Cues in video format
  • IEP goal bank specific to the child with CAS
  • Ability to select stimulus sets based on the individual’s verbal motor planning abilities: CV and VC words, CVC words, CVCV words, compound words, one syllable words with blends, two syllable words, three syllable words, and four syllable words
  • Ability to select specific words to practice movement sequences by place of articulation: bilabial-to-bilabial, alveolar-to-velar, etc.
  • Flexibility to customize your stimulus sets
  • Tap-to-play audio
  • Tap-to-flip card to read word
  • Inconspicuous data collection icons with pleasant sounds

Apraxia Picture Sound Cards in iTunes

 ApraxiaVilleApraxia Ville from Smarty Ears

From the developer…”Apraxia Ville is a unique application created specifically to help children with childhood apraxia of speech and severe speech-sound disorders. With multiple levels, both vowel and consonant targets, and the ability to create custom words, Apraxia Ville is perfect for those students struggling with sound production. Designed by certified speech-language pathologists, Apraxia Ville provides video modeling of consonants and vowels, word targets by syllable structure (CV, VC, CVC & CVCV), customization of targets, and progress monitoring making it perfect for use by SLPs, special educators, and parents alike.

How to Play:  Apraxia Ville is designed for single or multi-player use. Players may be imported into Apraxia Ville from the Therapy Report Center or entered individually on the home screen. Up to four players can be selected with individual selections for targets in both sound groups and syllable structure. If the student has used Apraxia Ville before, the adult also has the option of repeating the targets from the previous session. Multiple students can work on different targets in the same session. The level of play depends on which area the adult chooses to visit. Apraxia Ville has three areas from which to select: The Sound Windows (sound production), The Farm House (single word production), and The Words Farm (multiple word production). Visual stimuli are present in each area from animated phoneme production in Sound Windows to multiple word pictures in The Words Farm.”

Apraxia Ville in iTunes

 LinguisystemsApraxiaCardsLinguiSystems Apraxia Cards by LinguiSystems

From the developer…”Treat childhood apraxia of speech with appealing pictures and a precise, organized hierarchy of word selections and prompts. Superb illustrations, audio examples, student scoring and data management, and record/playback features make this an indispensable therapy tool.

240 pictured items move from basic syllable sequences to multisyllabic word production in sentences, or you can select specific combinations within the hierarchy for assessment and customized practice.

The five sections of stimuli are carefully arranged to give a precise progression of demand on the child’s motor planning skills:

  • VC/CV
  • CVC (no change in consonant, change in consonant but not place, change in consonant and place)
  • CVCV (no change in consonant or vowel, change in vowel but not consonant, change in consonant and vowel)
  • CVCVC lemon, carrot
  • Multisyllabic banana, fingernail

A five-level cueing hierarchy on each card supports the progression of demand on motor planning. Move your student through all five cueing levels as his motor-planning skills improve.”

LinguiSystems Apraxia Cards in iTunes

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MouthWorks by Mouthworks

From the developer…”MouthWorks is a new iPad app created by a Speech-Language Pathologist that is ideal for providing visual models of mouth postures, sounds in isolation, and words! MouthWorks provides a motivating way to practice speech production in therapy and at home.

Features:

  • progressive: mouth postures, vowels, consonants, consonant-vowel words (CV), consonant-vowel-consonant words (CVC)
  • video visual models of a child’s mouth
  • animated and interactive
  • easy to customize and navigate through
  • pause feature
  • tallies percentage correct and ability to e-mail results if desired
  • ideal for Apraxia or delayed speech production
  • Repeat feature to allow user to replay model video”
    MouthWorks in iTunes

SpeechBoxSpeechBox for Speech Therapy by the Jonah Bonah Learning Company

From the developer…”SpeechBox™ is an iPad app for word practice designed to work with Children with various Speech Language delays including: Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Autism, Down’s Syndrome, and other Speech Language disorders. Parents, Educators, Speech Therapists, etc. can work with Children and practice speaking simple words in a beautiful interface with engaging colorful pictures. Within moments of opening the app you can get started practicing words. There are no complex menus to navigate through before being presented with the pictures. You simply tap on a box, and it displays it’s contents. Selecting a picture is as easy as moving around the pictures and tapping on the one you wish to view. When you are done with the picture you can swipe to remove it from the box or pinch it to put it back in the box. Features:

  • Over 700 beautiful color pictures; Retina graphics & pictures
  • Simple, engaging, easy to operate interface
  • Add your own pictures and custom Boxes (categories)
  • Share Boxes with Friends & others
  • Professionally recorded word prompts; Record custom word prompts
  • Create notes for each word
  • Male and Female voice prompts (US English Only)
  • Easily hide unused pictures
  • Parental lock option (hides buttons)

SpeechBox in iTunes

Speech FlipbookSpeech FlipBook by Tactus Therapy Solutions

From the developer…”Use for Reading, Phonological Awareness, Apraxia, Articulation, & More! Millions of parents, teachers, & therapists have made little flip books of letters & sounds for their children, students, & patients – now you can SAVE TIME with this talking flipbook that is completely customizable to your needs. It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to have quick access to nearly every single-syllable word in the English language, suitable for all ages.

Features:

  • Includes over 2300 recordings of words in natural speech & 125 phonemes & clusters
  • Includes ALL vowels & consonants of Standard American English as well as over 250 sets of homophone
  • Pick which sounds you want to appear in initial, medial, & final positions
  • Flip between sounds or words to create the targets you want
  • Hear the sounds & words, or record yourself & play it back instantly

Speech FlipBook in iTunes

Naed_ApraxiaSpeech Therapy for Apraxia – NACD Home Speech Therapist by NACD

From the developer…”The Apraxia app provides choices of different phonemes to target and moves through a progression of levels that challenge motor planning for speech. Working at the syllable level, it begins at the production of single syllables and progresses through increasingly difficult production sequences all the way to the production of sequences of random syllables.
Features:

  • Choose from 8 different consonant groups (for a total of 19 consonant sounds) to target.
  • For each group, choose from 8 levels to practice
  • Detailed instructions explain how to choose an appropriate consonant group and practice level.
  • Move through a logical progression of 8 different levels for motor planning for speech.
  • Illustrations and audio provided for each syllable.
  • Option to repeat levels, reset, or move to next level.
  • Can also be used for straight articulation drill for particular phonemes.

Speech Therapy for Apraxia NACD Home Speech Therapy in iTunes

NACDApraxiaWords Speech Therapy for Apraxia- Words by NACD

From the developer…”Developed by the National Association for Child Development team, including a certified speech-language pathologist, this app practices articulation at the word level and is a logical follow-up to the original syllable-based app, Speech Therapy for Apraxia. This newer version provides choices of different patterns of articulation within words and moves through a progression of levels that challenge motor planning for speech. It begins at the production of single words with easier patterns of articulation and progresses through increasingly more difficult production sequences all the way to the production of sequences of random words.
Features:

  • Choose from 9 different word groups to target.
  • Words are categorized according to place of articulation of the phonemes and pattern of articulation within the word.
  • For each group, choose the level at which to practice.
  • Detailed instructions explain how to choose an appropriate word group and practice level.
  • Moves through a logical progression of 8 different levels for motor planning for speech.
  • Illustration and audio provided for each word.
  • Option to repeat levels, reset, or move to next level.
  • Can also be used for straight articulation drill for particular types of phonemes.
    Speech Therapy for Apraxia-Words in iTunes