Speech Therapy Apps for Preschool/ KS1 Children

Farm sounds / Zoo sounds

Sppech therapy apps for preschool/ KS1 childrenhttp://tantrumapps.com/farm-sounds/

Ages: 1 to 3 years old (I have also used it with older children who have learning difficulties or are on the Autistic Spectrum)

What does it do?

There are different page formats that you can choose, e.g. 2 pictures, 6 pictures. Touch the animal and you can hear the noise it makes. Great for:

  • copying early speech sounds in words, e.g. moo, neigh, baa, oink
  • naming animals, e.g. horse, duck, pig, sheep
  • learning body parts, e.g. legs, ears, eyes, mouth
  • Learning animal vocabulary, e.g. wing, beak, feathers

Felt Board 

http://www.softwaresmoothie.com/app/felt-board/

Ages: This app says it is for children aged 6 to 8, but I have used it with children aged 3 to 6.

What does it do?

Ideas for using this app:

  • Follow instructions, e.g. “Put a house on the board. Put a tree next to the house. Put a bird on the roof,” etc. You can make the instructions as simple or complex as you want, depending on the level of the child.
  • For speech work, e.g. listening for specific speech sounds: show the child the felt animals, and say, “If I say an animal that has the sound ‘k’ in its name, you can put it on the picture.” Say some of the animals, e.g. “Sheep. Can you hear a ‘k’? No, there isn’t a ‘k’ in sheep, is there?! Horse. Can you hear a ‘k’? No. Cow. Can you hear a ‘k’?! Yes, you can! Put the cow in the field.”       Variations: name an animal with the child, e.g. dog. Ask them what the first speech sound is, i.e. ‘d,’ and then ask them if they can find another animal that starts with a ‘d.’
  • Listening for syllables: Name animals with children and clap/stamp/count the syllables, e.g. bad – ger (2 syllables), bear (1 syllable). The child puts the animal on the picture after they say and count the syllables. Variations: group the animals by the number of syllables, e.g. put all the animals with one syllable together (bee, bird, bear, etc), all the animals with two syllables together (badger, chicken, dolpin, etc.) and so on. Count the number of syllables in an animal and see if the child can find another fuzzy felt animal with the same number of syllables, e.g. unicorn and dragon.
  • Guessing games: e.g. describe an animal, the child listens and guesses which one it is. Take it in turns so that they make clues for you to guess.
  • Rewards: e.g. once the child has completed a task, they can put a fuzzy felt figure on the board.

I Can Do Apps: Following Directions

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/following-directions-from/id722392303?mt=8

Ages: 4 +

What does it do?

Sppech therapy apps for preschool/ KS1 childrenThis app gradually builds up to working on following directions that contain the concepts ‘before’ and ‘after.’ It starts with instructions to “Touch the ….” The next level is, “Touch the …… and then the …….” The following level involves following instructions which contain ‘before,’ e.g. “Touch the blueberries before you touch the apple. The level after that involves following instructions that contain the concept ‘after,’ e.g. “After you touch the cow, touch the deer. The last level involves a mixture of instructions that contain ‘before’ or ‘after.’

Widgit. Symbol sentences

Speech Therapy Apps - Widgit Symbol Sentences

 

 

http://www.widgit.com/products/symbols2write/symbols_sentences.htm

Ages: No age given. The youngest child I have used it with was 4 years old. 

What does it do?

This app asks symbol supported questions:

  • Who? Who is in the picture?
  • What doing? What is she doing?
  • Who is doing what?
  • What is happening in the picture?

When the child chooses the correct answer, an animal comes on to the page and does a little dance or a funny walk.

 

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