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The iPad is now one the most useful tools speech therapists have available for therapy. It is not only handy but also signicantly more aordable than conventional paper materials. The app store contains over 300 applications designed to be used for promoting speech and language skills, however the quality of these applications vary signicantly. On my blog I review new apps and give ideas about how SLPs can use this amazing tools for therapy. As a developer myself, I study app usage and the impact of the apps on practice. I have decided to compile a list of apps that I believe oer quality in design and content to my fellow clinicians. My goal is not to judge the apps by any mean, my goal is just to give suggestions on how the apps could be used.

Updated: July 2013

Speech & Language


The complete resource on apps for SLPs

The source of speech therapy Apps.

Speech Therapists are amongst the most creative professionals I meet, and if we were able to make a therapy session with ashcards and worksheets fun and useful for teaching skills, I am sure you will nd in every app something that will help you help a child. If you are a developer and want to have your app included on this list, or if you are an SLP and would like to also include an app on this list, just send me an email to and I would be glad to post it here. I hope you all enjoy your iPad and if you get a chance visit my blog at Have a fun day, GeekSLP

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Disclosure: I have developed some of the apps on this document, identified by a star on the icon.



Screening and assessing using the iPad transforms the way we have been evaluating children into a more engaging and interesting moment for both the child and the evaluator.
Assessing a childs speech and language skills using the iPad is a reality that is quickly becoming available. The advantages of using the iPad articulation, language or phonological awareness skills. We still do not have a standardized assessment for the iPad, most of the assessments focus on qualitative information rather than numbers, which in the end is what we should be focusing on when assessing any skill.

as an assessment tool go beyond what we Assessment already know for the use of the iPad as a therapy tool. The assessment tools available today, some of which I have developed, provide a much more engaging assessment and a more efcient way of screening for specic skills such as ICON NAME DESCRIPTION

iPad only $39.99


Common Core Early Language Screener

The Common Core Early Language Screener (CCELS) is a screening tool used to identify weaknesses in early language skills. The CCELS was designed to be used with Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten aged children as it was based on the common core expectations for kindergartners; however, the screener can be used for other groups if needed.



Sunny Articulation Phonology Test

The Sunny Articulation Test can be used to identify articulation errors patterns in children as well as adults. The Sunny Articulation Test (SAT) is an individually administered clinical tool for screening, identication, diagnosis and followup evaluation of articulation skills in English speaking individuals.

$49.99 iPhone, iPod touch iPad


S/Z Ratio is an evaluation utility for speech-language pathologists who provide assessment and/or treatment to clients with voice disorders. With a built-in stopwatch feature, S/Z Ratio allows for the timing of a clients /s/ and /z/ maximum phonation times.

$2.99 iPhone, iPod touch

Bilingual Articulation Phonology Assessment

The Bilingual Articulation and Phonology Assessment (BAPA) was developed for the purpose of assess-ing the articulatory and phonological abilities of Spanish-speaking and bilingual (English-Spanish) children. The BAPA aids in obtaining a complete picture of a childs overall speech sound abilities by assessing and analyzing errors according to both articulation errors and phonological errors. The Prole of Phonological Awareness (Pro-PA) was developed for the purpose of evaluating and describing the phonological awareness skills of children.The Pro-PA aids in obtaining a complete picture of a students individual skills in phonological awareness by assessing and analyzing errors and providing information about the approximate skill attainment in each individual area. AAC Evaluation Genie is an informal diagnostic tool that aids in identifying skill areas that relate specically to the language skills found on augmentative communication systems. The purpose of AAC Evaluation Genie is to build a framework for selecting an appropriate augmentative communication device for ongoing evaluation and / or device trial.

$49.99 iPhone, IPod touch iPad

Profile of Phonological Awareness

iPad, iPhone, iPod touch $29.99

AAC Genie

iPad $9.99


ATEval2Go is a revolutionary app useful for any professional responsible for putting technology into the hands of students. ATEval2Go transfers the recording functions accomplished by paper, heavy computer equipment and other devices to the portable and easy-to-use iPad interface. ATEval2Go allows utilization of a multimodal method to record information while evaluating the technology needs of a student or a classroom of students, replacing other previously necessary devices.

iPad $39.99



Basic Concepts Skills Screener



The Basic Concepts Skills Screener (BCSS) was developed for $29.99 the purpose of evaluating and describing the basic concepts iPad skills of children at the receptive level. An understanding of basic concepts is foundational for students to follow directions and develop reading and math skills. The BCSS is individually administered to establish a baseline of basic concepts that are in error.



It is not about the app with the most features- it is about the app that meets the needs of the student.
AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. In the not too far past, school districts were obligated to spend thousands of dollars on a dedicated device that would allow children to communicate their basic wants and needs, today the iPad, iPhone & iPod touch give these children and adults a form of alternative communication that not only removed the stigma from carrying around a dedicated device, but it gives in fact a status of ICON NAME

cool. Many developers around the world are helping children by creating apps that make AAC affordable. I congratulate these pioneers that are changing history. I hope you already know that different devices have different features,


therefore the apps will also have different features which makes them unique and more likely to be useful to you in helping every unique child.
iPhone, iPod touch & iPad $189.99

DESCRIPTION Proloquo2Go brings natural sounding text-tospeech voices, up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a default vocabulary of over 7000 items.




DESCRIPTION The best thing about Expressive is its ease of use. It does not require any knowledge about programming or manuals; Expressive is intuitive and simple to use. Expressive allows users to select from a pool of images with audio les, create their own folders and arrange the images as they please. Create pictures, ashcards, storyboards, routines, and visual schedules. Record custom audio in any language. Converts any words with Text to Speech that do not have custom audio recorded.


$39.99 iPhone, iPod touch & iPad



$34.99 iPhone, iPod touch & iPad ( BUt user much purchase different copies) $149. 99 iPad only

Touch Chat

TouchChat ts into the product category of Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices. AAC devices allow individuals who cannot speak to communicate by spelling or selecting icons from a visual display. A simple picture exchange system developed By and For non-verbal people allowing the user to communicate their needs by building sentences from relevant images. Tap to Talk comes with a starter album with categories go, play, hungry, drink, emotion, bathroom. Can make your own albums online with Tap to Talk Designer.

$37.99 iPad, iPhone & iPod touch


Download for Free/ $99.95 USD per year iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Nitendo DS

Tap to Talk


Verbally is the rst free iPad app to provide a FREE complete assistive speech solution for creative communication. Just tap in your phrase and the app speaks for you. Verbally is an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app for speaking unique thoughts and feelings, designed to minimize keystrokes and to maximize ease & speed.




DESCRIPTION The main screen in Quick Talk has two color-coded buttons that you can use to speak using a highquality text-to-speech (TTS) engine. Every button can be completely customized with phrases, colors, pictures, and even your own voice! Editing the buttons in Quick Talk is quick and easy. That's how I feel is an app designed to help nonverbal children and adults express their feelings using Smarty Symbols.


$14.99 iPhone, iPod touch, iPad & Android

Quick Talk

$2.99 iPad only

Thats how I feel

My First AAC

My First AAC offers icons organized by categories that reect childrens natural speech development. Scroll through theme-based category icons, such as greetings, food, or feelings, and access sets of over 250 related words and phrases to express frequently used ideas. iGreet you is a simple communication aid for children who need to work on greetings. Two simple buttons provide both male and female voice output. Developed by Smarty Ears and Lucy Nutt, a certied Speech-Language Pathologist.

$24. 99 iPad only

$0.99 iPad, iPhone & iPod touch

iGreet you

Sono Flex

Tobii Sono Flex is an easy to use AAC vocabulary Download for app that turns symbols into clear speech. It offers Free/ $99.95 language to nonverbal users who are not yet in full control of literacy. Sono Flex combines the benets of structure and exibility, providing a framework for language development, quickly matching individual and situational communication needs. Speak for yourself is a powerful AAC application $299 for the iPad that was designed by speech iPad only pathologists based on research on vocabulary selection for AAC users. The main screen contains 119 preselected words that lead on to 13 thousand built in Smarty Symbols.

Speak for Yourself


on the iPad


Custom Boards

In order to print directly from your iPad, you must own an Airprint ready printer. Airprint printers allow you print from your iPad using your wireless network. This means the end of printer cables( how exciting!). You can nd a list of airprint ready printers on the Apple website. I purchased the HP Photomart Plus Printer for $99 on Amazon about 3 months ago and I love it. The only draw back is that I wish that the quality of the photos printed were a little better, but it serves its purpose. It is a reliable printer with a touch screen menu, which is also very stylish. I love the future of education!




$49.99 ( premium Version) iPad only

Custom Boards

Custom Boards Premium is an evidence based app designed to serve as a board and activity creator for speech therapists, teachers, special education and parents of children who need symbols to communicate and learn. Custom Boards includes over 11 thousand built in symbols from the Smarty Symbols library and the ability to add your own photos. Custom Boards allows you to select from a pool of templates in six areas: Devices& Switches, Grids & Boards, Schedules, Activities, Signs, Labels & Worksheets. The premium version offers a total of 100+ Templates.



So many great apps you will not believe you spent so many years using paper ashcards.
I am proud to say that I was the creator of the concept of articulation in december of 2009. We did not even know there could be anything like an iPad at that time. I still remember that when I told a friend I was creating apps, I had to explain what an app was. It is crazy to believe that this was just over one year ago. Today, app developers use the concept I created to develop apps with dierent features that have made your paper cards obsolete. The application I rst created in this area is called Smarty Speech and it was released under the name Mobile Articulation Probes was a little more fun, so we switched to Smarty Speech. Smarty Speech was indeed a revolution in the concept at the months back, we did not have half of the apps for articulation today. Everyday one new app is placed on the app store, and as with everything you need to look for what you need: do you need to use it in group? Do you need audio built in? Voice recorder? You may, you may not. In October of 2010, I released a new articulation app, that does nearly everything you can image, it is called Articulate it! and it is included on the list bellow. As many of you will see, many times you will have several digital ashcards, when I created the rst application for time. When I submitted papers to present in conferences a few

Automatic % of Accuracy.

in January of 2010. I have decided that we need a name that it articulation apps, since the caseload in this area is always large.



Articulate it! is the only app that allows SLPs to track a group of student with their individual goals. SLPs select the student and assign specic goals to each student. Students take turn on the app with their own goals. It allows ability to do voice recordings, select phonological processes, manner of articulation. You can e-mail voice recording and scores.

$39.99 iPhone, iPod, iPad

Articulate it!



Utilizing fun and modern graphics, ArtikPix - Full has all 21 decks with 40 cards each (113 cards in r deck, 913 total cards) for the following sounds: th, f, v, ch, sh, k, g, s, z, l, r, sblends, r-blends, l-blends, p, b, m, n, t, d, j.

$29.99 iPhone, iPod, iPad

/r/ intensive

rIntensive is one of Smarty Ears articulation apps. . With over 450 target words /r/ intensive is the best tool for practicing this interesting phoneme.

$24.99 iPhone, iPod, iPad Android

Spanish Artik

Smarty Speech-Spanish also known as Spanish Articulation Probes is the only app on the app store for practicing phonemes in Spanish. It allows users to select from a pool of all Spanish phonemes, manner of articulation, or most frequent phonological processes in Spanish speakers

$29.99 iPhone, iPod, Android

All About Sounds

Simple matching game, that allows you to select target sounds.

$.99 iPhone, iPod touch

Sunny Articulation Phonology Test

The Sunny Articulation Test can be used to identify Sunny Articulation Test (SAT) is an individually administered clinical tool for screening, identication, diagnosis and follow-up evaluation of articulation skills in English speaking individuals.


articulation errors patterns in children as well as adults. The iPhone,

iPod, iPad



Match2Say is a fun matching game that allows children to select the phoneme to play a matching game. It has three levels of difculty on iPhone and 5 on the iPad.

$29.99 iPhone, iPod touch iPad

Speech Hangman

Simple Hangman game that allows you to play hangman using a pool of words based on specic phonemes.

$2.99 iPhone, iPod touch

Talking Tom

Talking Tom is an animated app, not designed specically for speech therapy but it can be a very powerful tool for articulation therapy. Talking Tom is a cat that repeats everything you say using a high pitched voice. Great bribe for getting the little ones talking.

FREE iPhone, IPod touch iPad

Smart Oral Motor

Smart Oral-Motor is a fun and entertaining way to practice oral motor skills. Clever will guide children through a series of animated oral motor exercises. There are a series of 15 oral motor exercises, such as send a kiss, making an o with the mouth, tongue to the right and to the left, etc.

iPad, iPhone, iPod touch $9.99

Speech Trainer 3D

This is a 3D demonstration of all sounds in the English language.Speech Trainer 3D is a tool designed to help individuals to practice every sound in the English language, including vowels and consonants. With detailed 3D animations that demonstrate the correct positioning of the tongue, lips, and mouth, it is a great model for children and adults who wish to work on learning to pronounce the English sounds correctly.

iPhone, iPod touch, iPad 1 & 2 $5.99


Minimal Pairs Academy

DESCRIPTION The Minimal Pairs Academy (MPA) is a state of the art evidence-based minimal pairs app for speech-language pathologists and parents of children with phonologic sound disorders. Use Minimal Pairs Academy to help your student or child develop listening and discrimination skills and have fun practicing producing target words at the word and phrase level.
The Articulation Flipbook targets a variety of different vocalic r sounds in the format of ip book phrases. The initial ip book set is offered for free, and you pay $9.99 per each additional ip book you purchase. The ip books allow you to

$39.99 iPad

Articulation Flipbook

Free + $9.99 in app purchase s iPhone, iPod touch

Articulation Scenes

Articulation Scenes brings articulation practice to a whole new $39.99 level! This app allows children to practice their sounds with a variety of engaging and fun activities centered around the iPad cinema theme. Based on scenes, Articulation Scenes provides numerous opportunities for children to pronounce their sounds more clearly. Articulation Scenes comes with 72 stunning built-in scenes and over 1200 practice words. This application has undergone a recent update which makes the $29.99 app more user-friendly. This app targets minimal pairs, and contains 367 words covering 8 major phonological processes. iPad Users can practice auditory discrimination, drill of the words and contrasting the pairs.

SLP Minimal Pairs - Full

Phono Learning Center

Phono Learning Center (PLC) is not just another articulation app. PLC is based on the evidence-based Cycles technique used specically for those children who are unintelligible due to a sound-system disorder PLC is a multi-player app that is colorful, fun, and easily adapted to t a traditional therapy approach as well as the Cycles approach. PLC has four game-type activities included to encourage active participation. Each activity includes words, carrier phrases, and carrier sentences.

$19.99 iPad only



What is Apraxia of Speech? Apraxia of Speech is a speech disorder that affects the motor skills associated with speech. Children with apraxia have difficulty producing sounds, syllables, and words. Several apps have been published in the last year, which can serve as a tool for the intensive motor speech drill shown to be effective in helping children learn consistent sound production. One approach that has been shown to be effective is the initial use of words with less complex syllable structures such as CV & CV to words with multi-syllables. The ASHA website has a very structured page with more information on Childhood Apraxia of Speech. ( public/speech/disorders/ childhoodapraxia.htm)

Apraxia of Speech is a speech disorder that affects the motor skills associated with speech.
All the apps currently available in the iTunes app store reflect a structure that is in line with this approach. Last year I became very interested in developing a new app for apraxia, which has pushed me to learn and research the subject more than ever.. I own and have used about 95% of all the Apraxia apps on the apps store, and a recent discussion on Linkedin showed me that people would really benefit from learning the differences and similarities of each app. This blog post has a companion podcast where I demo the five apps discussed here. You can watch the GeekSLP TV #36 video here. (


Apraxia Ville



Apraxia Ville is a unique application created specifically to help children with $19.99 childhood apraxia of speech and severe speech-sound disorders. With iPad only 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 educational institutions can purchase apps and get 50% off :
Apple has implemented a program called The Volume Purchase program. This program allows approved educational institutions to receive 50% off when 20 or more copies of the same app are purchased for their staff members. It is important to note that the developers have the option to opt out of this discount; therefore, not every application will offer the discount even if you purchase 20 copies. Developers have to option for giving the discount. This way, if an educational institution chooses to purchase 20 copies of any of their apps, they will receive 50% off on the cost of the application. This is a signicant saving for the educational institution.

Here is how the program works: Someone from an educational program must enroll by becoming the program manager for your institution. The program manager will be in charge of making the purchases, and after the codes are downloaded this person is in charge of distributing codes that teachers, therapists and other staff members can use to download the application free of charge on their end.

How to sign up The program manager can sign up for the program by visiting the following link:

Forms of payment

The program manager can make payments using credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa), debit cards, cashiers check, money orders, and even wire transfer. Financing is also available. For more information you can visit :

How do I get the app? After the program manager purchases the copies of the application he will receive codes that can be distributed to the staff members or students. Each person receiving the code must login to their iTunes account and redeem the code. The redeem link is on the right side of the iTunes store


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Technology is all around us... put language in context by using it.

The universe of language skills is just so replacement for your services. You still need to large that it is nearly impossible to even plan for your therapy. grasp it. We would have apps that would Since this is a very new technology it is target whQuestions, vocabulary, nearly impossible to nd any EBP on pragmatic skills, syntax and so on. It is the apps, but I guess in order for EBP Pragmatics, Syntax, possible that in the next update I will to happen we need to use it, try it out, Semantics, and have to create a separate category for and research the outcome. Morphology each area. Remember this is not a television, this is It is very important to remember that a resource for you to use with your these apps were not developed to be a clients.


Language Empires

Language Empires was developed by two SpeechLanguage Pathologists and it utilizes the ancient civilizations theme to guide you and your students on learning specic language targets. This application designed for elementary age students targets 8 goals: Answering how, why, and which questions, inferencing, vocabulary, predicting and gurative language, and sequencing.


iPad $21.99




The ABA ashcards are great apps for teaching vocabulary. These are ashcards with audio and visual information. There are several ABA Flashcards such as Animals, actions, music, places, etc.


ABA Flashcards Apps


Whquestions" is an application designed to help practice answering questions in the following formats:

This application was designed so that speech therapists have a motivating tool to help children learn how to answer questions. WhQuestions features 300 questions in a variety of formats.
iPractice Verbs

$14.99 iPhone, iPod iPad

iPractice verbs 2.0 is a fun and easy way to learn and practice basic English verbs. With over 120 verbs in present, present progressive, and past tense with corresponding high quality images and audio (totaling to almost 1000 stimuli) practicing verbs has never been so easy or intuitive. Word SlapPs is used to teach vocabulary words specic to your childs world with images that you choose. Upload and save your images into customizable categories and pair them with your own recorded questions. Easy to use, Word SLapPs is designed by an SLP and modeled after Discrete Trial teaching. This application is intended for children, approximately ages 2-10, in order to build vocabulary and develop grammar skills. It displays an animated mouse acting out verbs.

$10.99 iPhone, iPod, iPad

Word SlapPs

$2.99 iPad

Speech with Milo-Verbs

$2.99 iPhone, iPod, iPad

Adjective Remix

Adjective Remix targets practicing vocabulary knowledge of qualifying words (aka adjectives). This application was designed to be used by parents, teachers, special educators or speech language pathologists. It is possible to play the activity with only one or multiple children. Adjective Remix will analyze the data and track progress, which can be emailed or printed.

$9.99 iPhone, iPod, iPad




Prepositions Remix provides practice with 20 of English most commons propositions: 1.Above 2.Behind 3.Below 4.Beside 5.Between 6.Closest to 7.Furthest 8.In 9.In front of 10.In the middle 11.Inside 12.Near 13.Next to 14.On 15.On top of 16.Out 17.Outside 18.To the left 19.To the right 20.Under
Speech with Milo- Sequencing

$6.99 for Individu al version iphone, ipod, iPad

Preposition Remix

This app provides 35 scenes where users can drag the scenes around to sequence them. After user selects appropriate sequence, a video clip showing sequence is played.

$2.99 Universa l

Word SlapPs

Impressive application that teaches students about the weather.

$2.99 iPad

House of Learning

The app contains 12 scenes (bedrooms, classroom, kitchen, bathroom, living room, dining room, etc) and several characters . The children can play in the scenes by placing objects on them and arranging the scene as the please.

$5.99 iPad

Language Adventures

Language Adventures is a new spin on your old speech and $24.99 language game boards, a rst-of-its-kind app that allows you to engage students in a contextual language intervention experience on your iPad! Through an exciting interface and bright, colorful graphics, students will develop vocabulary skills by responding to questions about synonyms, antonyms and multiple meanings. Describe it To Me is a fun, multi-level game, created to help improve the receptive and expressive language skills in children and adults. Based on research and designed by a certied speech-language pathologist, Describe it To Me employs a game show atmosphere to engage clients in their learning while incorporating a variety of questions designed to help clients build a deeper understanding of everyday items.
FREE Full version $9.99

Describe it to me




The interactive story book allows children to build skills by recording their own story. Your child has the option of reading and listening to the words that we provide as they play with the sounds and sights on each page. This is app was designed in order to develop and informally assess speech and language skills.

$.99 iPad

Speech with Milo: Interactive Story Book


Go-Togethers is an application developed to improve language comprehension and expression in individuals of all age groups by prompting students to make connections between semantically related items.

$9.99 iphone, ipod, iPad

Fun & Functional

Fun & Functional is an application used to improve language comprehension and expression in individuals of all age groups. The ability to identify and describe the function or use of real-world objects is a key language and life skill. Fun & Functional provides SLPs, parents and others with a tool to develop categorization and descriptive skills by interacting with pictures and audio.

$9.99 iphone, ipod, iPad

Categories Learning Center

Categories Learning Center is a multi-level, multi-player $9.99 application designed by Speech-Language Pathologists to improve language comprehension for individuals of all age iPad groups. Categories Learning Center is based on research surrounding language development and language processing in children. Magical Concepts is an engaging, colorful app includes over 2000 photos accompanied by audio instructions. Children are welcomed by Mago the Magician, who encourages them to work hard. Children earn stars for each correct response, and when they accumulate enough stars, they are rewarded with a magic show.
$9.99 iphone, ipod, iPad

Magical Concepts

Fun with directions

Fun with directions is a app targeting following directions, working memory and a variety of concepts such as give, touch, open. This is a highly interactive application.





Sentence Builder

$9.99 iphone, ipod, iPad

Sentence Builder is designed to help elementary aged children learn how to build grammatically correct sentences. Explicit attention is paid to the connector words that make up over 80% of the english language.

Syntax City

Syntax City is a state-of-the-art application that targets a $24.99 variety of grammatical elements in fun and engaging ways for elementary and middle school children. The theme sets iPad the tone for children visiting a variety of places within our town. Each location within the city targets a different set of goals: Gym: Do/Does, Beach: Third person singular agreement, Bakery: Was/Were, Ski Resort: He/ She, Farm: Past tense verb agreement, Grocery: Has/Have, Park: Is/ Are

Grammar Quiz

Designed for students from K-5th grade, this application contains a series of quizzes targeting a variety of grammatical structures.


Expedition with plurals

Expedition with Plurals was created for PK3 students to $9.99 practice regular and irregular plurals in multiple contexts, iPad targeting both receptive and expressive language skills and accompanied by recorded audio instructions. This fun and colorful app includes both an audio recording feature that allows students to hear their productions and a fun memory game that can be customized. This ashcard app contains 52 illustrated picture ash cards $4.99 (plus audio of each cards text) from the Using I and Me Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications. Select the cards you iPad want students to see, and have your students ll in the blank to practice the personal pronouns I and me.

Using I and me

Rainbow Sentences

Rainbow sentences is designed to target working on syntax by combining words into phrases and sentences. Users are prompted to drag words to make sentences, to record them and get pieces for a puzzle as a reward. Powerful app!






$9.99 iphone, ipod, iPad

Conversation Builder

Interactive scrip for children with language delays. This app provides a script in which students have to take turns choosing appropriate answers and questions. This can be an app extremely useful for children with Autism.
Social Quest is an application developed by Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Rosie Simms to improve pragmatic language comprehension and expression in a variety of social situations for older elementary, middle school, and high school-aged populations. The app utilizes a problem-solving quest theme in which students navigate various locations and earn rewards linked to social competencies.

Social Quest

$24.99 iPad

Is that silly?

Is that silly? Yes! Let the children decide that! With this fun & engaging app, children get to observe, notice, make a decision & verbalize which ones of the 120 images are silly or not silly. Once you complete each activity, a report is generated based on the level of activity chosen.

$0.99 iPhone, iPod, iPad




From apps for SLPs to apps for people who stutter.

iPhone, iPod touch, iPad $8.99

Disfluency Index Counter

The easiest and cheapest way to track your %SS (Percentage of stuttered syllables). Disuency Index Counter app allows Speech and Language Therapists to perform a live count of the number of uent or disuent syllables. It saves you time and makes guring out the % of stuttered syllables a lot easier- we do it for you! The Disuency Index Counter uses two simple buttons that record the amount of times the SLP pushes the buttons. .

Fluency Tracker

This app was deigned to be used by people who stutter. The SLP may familiarize themselves with the app, in order to recommend to clients. With Fluency Tracker individuals will be able to track changes in the frequency of disuency, changes in avoidance behaviors, and feelings associated with speaking. DAF Assistant implements Delayed Auditory Feedback (DAF) and Frequency-shifting Auditory Feedback (FAF) techniques that are known to help people with stuttering to speak more uently.

iPhone, iPod touch , IPad $9.99

DAF Assistant

$9.99 iPhone iPod touch


Fluently integrates a proprietary voice-processing algorithm to detect real-time uctuations in speech. When a users speech is stuttered, pushed or spoken harshly, the app displays a visual cue, which changes from a green to red light.

$9.99 iPhone iPod touch iPad



There is a need for apps in this area as you can tell by the number of apps bellow
Mac & iPad $3.99

Voice Analyzer

Voice Analyzer is a real-time spectrum and spectrogram analyzer with the possibility of visualization formants. With The Voice Analyzer you can check your harmonics and formants, especially the most important for every singer "The Singers Formant".
S/Z Ratio is an evaluation utility for speech-language pathologists who provide assessment and/or treatment to clients with voice disorders. With a built-in stopwatch feature, S/Z Ratio allows for the timing of a clients /s/ and /z/ maximum phonation times.

S/Z Ratio

iPhone, iPod touch , IPad $1.99

Voice Memo

- Multitask while recording - Unlimited recording time - Add text notes to memos - Records audio in high quality - Tag memos - Pause a recoding - Play memos - Audio level meter

$0.99 iPhone iPod touch


Apps for...


Pocket Pond

Simple app, but with amazing graphics. This app depicts a pond with sh in it. Touch the water to make the water move and scare the sh in the pond. Very interesting motivator for children with Autism.


Fluidity is a suite of programs designed to let the FREE user play with the dynamics of uids, as a performance, a contemplative experience or just a fun toy to while away a few spare minutes.

Virtuoso Piano

Simple Piano. As you touch the screen it plays music.


Giggle touch

Touching letters and shapes make them move


Cause and effect (also written as cause-effect or cause/effect) refers to the philosophical concept of causality, in which an action or event will produce a certain response to the action in the form of another event. (



iPad $19.99

SLP Goal Bank

The SLP Goal Bank was designed to provide an easy pool of goals in a variety of areas such as voice, uency, expressive language, pragmatics, aphasia, and many others. Users are able to select, edit and e-mail goals as a starting point to creating therapy goals.
Now with the TRC, you enter your students on TRC only once and export all of the students at the same time to each newly downloaded or existing Smarty Ears app. This makes the process of adding students one by one to many apps a simple two-step process.

Therapy Report Center

iPad $0.99


GeekSLP is now also an application that gives speech therapists access to blog posts, video podcasts and information on how to integrate technology in their practice.


Caseload Tracker

Caseload Tracker is an app that helps special education iPad teachers and speech-language pathologists to stay up-todate on the deadlines of their students. Caseload Tracker $14.99 provides an easy and efcient was to keep track of IEP meetings due dates, evaluation due dates, and eligibility due dates.


Apps for reading, writing, auditory comprehension.

$2.99 iPhone, IPod touch iPad


iWrite Words

iWriteWords teaches handwriting with the Help of Mr. Crab. Children collect the numbers in sequence by dragging Mr.Crab with the nger - and drawing the letter at the same time. Once all the letters in the word are drawn properly, a cute drawing appears.

SpellBoard: Spelling words

SpellBoard provides a fast and intuitive way for you $4.99 to enter your list of spelling words. All you need to do is enter the word (correctly spelled), the grade level (1-12) and the spoken word (recorded via the iPads built in microphone). Optionally, you can add a written and/or spoken phrase. That's it! Now you are ready to study your word list and be quizzed on it.

Reading Comprehensi on Camp

Reading Comprehension Camp is a multi-purpose $19.99 app specically designed to encourage language growth and reading comprehension. With multiple levels, 50 stories, and the ability to create personal stories this comprehensive app is perfect for students struggling with comprehension. The in-app data collection makes this app perfect for progress monitoring in Response to Intervention (RTI) or Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).







Comprehension Therappy

Comprehension TherAppy targets auditory and reading iPad comprehension of single words. Designed to help people with receptive aphasia and alexia, it is also a valuable $24.99 tool to treat attention and other cognitive decits.

Naming Therappy

Naming TherAppy is another powerful speech therapy app for aphasia rehab from Tactus Therapy Solutions. Stroke and brain injured patients can now practice word-nding on their own or with a therapist with this easy-to-use app designed by a SLP.

iPad $24.99

iName it

This app consists of fty nouns that are commonly iPad found in the home. The target items are displayed within the context of the rooms where they are typically $14.99 located. Each target word can be elicited by using one or more of the ve different types of cues available. Opportunities for multiple practice of target words within each room as well as data collection are available.
The Reading Rehabilitation Toolkit is an application iPad developed by a Speech-Language Pathologist that targets $14.99 improving reading skills for adults with reading difculties. The Reading Rehabilitation Toolkit integrates six state-of-theart reading activities at the word and phrase levels all specically crafted to promote success in reading rehabilitation.

Reading Rehabilitatio n Toolkit



Spanish ArtiK (Articulation)

App developed for practicing articulation skills in Spanish. It contains all phonemes in Spanish organized by Phonemes, Phonological Processes, and Manner of Articulation. Built in data tracking capabilities.
This is an app for working on basic vocabulary and even categorization. Choose from one of (the) 8 scenes: granja, Zoologico, Insectos, Mar, Frutas, Hortalizas, Colores and Familia. There is a teaching and a testing component to this application.

$29.99 iPhone iPod Android

Learn Spanish and Play

$1.99 iPad only


This Spanish app is part of a family of apps in several languages, including Russian, Italian, French and other languages. It is very useful if your caseload comprises of students coming from several countries and you want to work on some basic vocabulary on their rst language.

$1.99 iPad only

Conjugation Nation

This is an app for more advanced learners working on subject-verb agreement in Spanish. The user is given a verb and a pronoun and must type the correct verb conjugation.

$2.99 Universal

Bilingual Articulation Phonology Assessment

The Bilingual Articulation Phonology Assessment (Bapa) is an individually administered clinical tool for screening, identication, diagnosis and follow up evaluation of articulation skills in Spanish speaking individuals. The Bapa was developed by Barbara Fernandes, Ellen Kester, Mary Bauman, and Scott Prath and published by Smarty Ears.

$49.99 iPad








Dysphagia2Go guides you through the evaluation process iPad with reminders to assess medications, cranial nerves and all the areas on which any good dysphagia evaluation $99.99 should focus. This app provides a thorough evaluation report template developed by speech pathologists who have drawn upon their experience in varied settings to provide extensive opportunities to record chart reviews, assessment data, and recommendations in a single document, which can then be printed or e-mailed directly from the user's iPad. iSwallow is a personal rehabilitation assistant (PRA) for Free use on the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. It was designed to be used under the supervision of a qualied swallowing clinician. The device allows the clinician to choose from a menu of swallowing exercise and establish a personalized therapy program for an individual patient.


Small Talk Dysphagia

SmallTalk Dysphagia contains 50 phrases that cover eating equipment, meal assistance, diet, liquids, medications, and compensator y treatment techniques. It also contains four demonstration videos of treatment techniques commonly used for swallowing.



Gaming Apps into education: Can even Angry Birds promote learning?
by GeekSLP

Opportunities for teaching and learning are everywhere. Language you are not already hooked into Angry Birds, or are afraid of
is also everywhere. Given this scenario, it drives me crazy when I loosing your prestige because you downloaded it, you may nd a hear someone say: this is a horrible tool; I dont know how this good excuse for downloading it or owning it on this post. The idea could be used for teaching,or this is just a game. behind Angry Birds is that the birds need to hit the pigs to move

I have always been an advocate to the fact that a good teacher and on to the next level. You may have noticed that in order to win the a good speech therapists will not need specic tools to teach greatest number of stars you may need some strategic thinking students. Well, specic tools that do the work for you are great prior to sending your birds out there. because they guide us on the teaching experience; however, we I see that Angry Birds can be used in so many different ways to must not forget that a tool is JUST a tool and it was not designed teach students new vocabulary, the use of coherent language, to replace you as a therapist or a teacher.(Please note I am not at basic question/answering skills and even story telling skills. You all discrediting the advantages of apps for learning ; as I have will just need to adjust the level of scaffolding needed to get into created 21 of them myself). the skills you are trying to get into.

The explosion of apps for children with special needs, has pushed As a parent, instead of prohibiting your child from playing the us to want tools that do more and betters things all the time. I am game, consider having activities your child needs to complete afraid we may be forgetting to use our creativity to transform any prior to or after moving on to the next level. useless app into a great tool for learning. It all starts with the Here are some ideas I was able to come up with on how need to motivate the students to want to learn; what better way to even Angry Birds can be used to promote learning. do that than using something that already draws their attention? I have decided to start this series on from useless to learning apps with one of the biggest game apps of all times: Angry Birds! If


1. If your student/child is already familiar with Angry Birds, get him to explain the whole game to you. If you are working on writing skills, this can even be a written assignment.
and also how the Imagine all that can be worked on just from having a student describe the whole concept behind Angry Birds! You can even have some food for thought kind of questions such as: Why do you think the creators picked birds as main characters?, Do all birds work the same way?, What is the goal of the game? Why do you like Angry Birds? There are several questions that can be used to get students to use language just by talking about the game itself. 2. You and the child can play one or several levels together; however the child has to describe their strategy to getting to the pig prior to playing the level. If you are with a group of students; how about having each student think out their strategies separately and get them to discuss which strategy is best and then put into action? You could even have a list of vocabulary words you would like the student to use when describing their strategies such as: a. Verbs such as : deploy the egg (the white birds have to deploy the egg at the appropriate time); pull back, drop, explode, fly, fall, hit, b. Different adverbs when describing the order of the birds and their actions; c. Lots of different prepositions to guide where exactly the birds must land, objects and barriers are being arranged; d. Adjective: used when describing the areas & targets in which the birds must land. Maybe students can take turns to guide each other using key words to complete the levels. 3. Select a level and ask the student to play it once, then ask them to describe their strategies verbally or create a written material that describes their strategies. When teaching students to describe activities using coherent language (a skills that can be very limited in children with language disorders) we want them to follow an order you first did this.. then that. You can use each level on Angry Birds to teach that skill. The game has an order in which things happen. You can guide students to describe it step by step which you guide them. You can both sit together to reproduce the steps he describe on the same level and even think out better ways to achieve the same goal. There are tons of other ways in which Angry Birds can be used to promote language learning. These were just a few examples of how creativity can have more weight than the specific tool you have in front of you. In the end it is all about how you decide to use it. I will be back on this with more from useless to teaching app. In the end it is all about how YOU choose to use the tool that makes the difference! Think about that. Geek SLP ( AKA Barbara Fernandes)



Strategy apps which allow users to reach the goal in several different ways is one of the best gaming styles for language therapy. The simple fact that teachers and students can discuss their own strategies to reaching the goal is in of itself an amazing fun expressive language task.






Angry Bird

Angry Birds can be used in so many different ways to

teach students new vocabulary, the use of coherent $1.99 language, basic question/answering skills and even story telling skills. You will just need to adjust the level of scaffolding needed to get into the skills you are trying to get into.
Wheres my water

This is one of my favorite apps created by Disney. The crocodile needs to take a bath, the players must dig through the mug to make the water ow from one area to another.


Cut the Rope

Cut the Rope is yet another app that can generate a lot of expressive language. The small and very cute character accomplishes tasks by cutting ropes.



iPad/Apps accessories.
Protecting and disinfecting your device can be as fundamental as owning an iPad. For sure, none of these accessories come with the purchase of the iPad and therefore they are extra expenses. Some accessories I like to dene as essential accessories, others as non-essential. If you have a grant or are seeking funding for your iPad, you need to make sure you do your research on the accessories you want to include with the fund request.

Essential Accessories for Speech Therapists

Non-Essential Accessories ( but still fun or useful)

1.Stylus pen: $6 2. HDMI cable & adapter: $40 1.Case: Protection, protection, protection.
a.OtterBox (defender): $50.74

3. Bub Cap protector: $6 4. Apple TV: $99.99

2. iPad Stand: Great for holding your iPad in therapy.

a.Rocketsh: $45.99

3.Cleaning solution: Clean your iPad after each session.

a.Klear screen: $21

4.Printer with air-printing capabilities: prints directly

from the iPad. $59 ( HP Photo smart Plus)

5.Speakers: Must have for group therapy settings.

a.iHome $19

6.Wireless Keyboard: Typing long reports on your iPad. $34

Accessories Cost ( An estimate based on the products I use)

$231 33 $151

The cost and advantages of implementing the iPad as a learning tool for speech therapy & Special education.

iTherapy purchase & costs Resource List

I truly believe that speech-therapy and educational blogs are the best resource you could have for deciding if a specic app would be useful to you. Many people rely solely on iTunes reviews, which I highly discourage, to make a decision on app before purchasing it. I have compiled a resource list I used to gather the information on this document.
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Apple GeekSLP iTalk Foundation Smarty Ears Apps http:// Therapy411

About the Author:

Barbara, the founder and director of Smarty Ears received her master degree in Speech and Language Pathology with an emphasis in bilingualism from Texas Christian University. Barbara speaks three languages (English, Spanish & Portuguese), and she has worked with children from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and native languages in several countries. In addition to her passion for working with bilingual children, Barbaras passion for technology has led her to become an active blogger known as GeekSLP for and the blog of the American Speech and Language Association known as the AshaSphere. As GeekSLP, Barbara has been invited as a guest speaker in universities and International conferences, and given workshops and presentations around the world on how technology can be implemented to improve the speech and language skills. In 2004, Barbara was one of the participants of the program jointly administered by the U.S. Department of Education and the Brazilian Ministry of Education, called Promoting the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Society Through Assistive Technology: Culturally Appropriate Solutions. Barbara has created over 30 applications that combine her knowledge of technology with her expertise in speech and language sciences. Smarty Ears is where Barbaras passion is met. As the CEO of Smarty Ears, Barbara Fernandes has created over 36 applications, which have been sold in over 40 countries to speech pathologists, special education teachers, and parents of children with special needs. Smarty Symbols is another one of Barbaras creations; a symbol set that contains 11,000 symbols which also reect Barbaras passion for technology and multicultural issues. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys traveling abroad, scuba diving and playing with her gadgets and three dogs.
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